Russia national beach soccer team

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Russia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Russian Football Union
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Mikhail Likhachev
Captain Ilya Leonov
Most caps Yuri Krasheninnikov (119)
Top scorer Dmitry Shishin (100)
FIFA code RUS
BSWW ranking 2


First colours


Second colours
First international
 Italy 5–1 Russia 
(Rio-de-Janeiro, Brazil; 30 January 1996)
Biggest win
 Russia 11–1 Romania 
(Den Haag, Netherlands; 23 July 2010)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 7–0 Russia 
(Dubai, UAE; 4 November 2016)

The Russia national beach soccer team (Russian: Сборная России по пляжному футболу, Sbornaya Rossii po plyazhnomu futbolu) represents Russia in international beach soccer competitions and is controlled by the Russian Football Union, the governing body for football in Russia.[1][2]

History[edit]

Team Russia debuted at the 1996 Beach Soccer World Championship, with a squad including Vagiz Khidiyatullin, Vyacheslav Chanov and Andrei Yakubik. In their first match against Italy, Team Russia lost 1–5; this became one of their biggest losses to date. Notwithstanding the overall fifth place at the Championships, beach soccer was not supported by the government for the next 10 years. In 2005, Nikolai Pisarev and other prominent sportsmen suggested Sport's Minister Vitaly Mutko reviving the Russian national beach soccer team. Mutko supported the idea and in the same year Russia participated at the Euro Beach Soccer Cup, sending Mostovoi, Karpin, Nikiforov, Lediakhov, Kiriakov and Popov. Furthermore, one Brazilian consulted the team.[3]

In the following years, team Russia progressed quickly. In 2007, many of the still playing football players, such as Alexey Makarov, Anton Shkarin and Andrey Bukhlitskiy, debuted. That year Russia was bronze medalist at the Euro Beach Soccer Cup. At the 2007 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup, team Russia became ninth, and in the following year already sixth. By winning the 2010 Euro Beach Soccer Cup, Russia qualified for the 2011 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and won the trophy by defeating Brazil, 12–8.[3] Since 2010, the head coach is Mikhail Likhachev.[4]

Current squad[edit]

The national squad for the 2016 Beach Soccer Intercontinental Cup, announced on 31 October 2016[5]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Russia GK Maksim Chuzhkov
2 Russia DF Anatoly Peremitin
3 Russia DF Alexey Ilynskiy
4 Russia FW Alexey Makarov
5 Russia DF Yuri Krasheninnikov
6 Russia FW Dmitry Shishin
No. Position Player
7 Russia DF Anton Shkarin
8 Russia DF Ilya Leonov (captain)
10 Russia DF Artur Paporotnyi
15 Russia DF Kirill Romanov
20 Russia FW Boris Nikonorov
12 Russia GK Alexey Zuev

Coach: Mikhail Likhachev

Competitive record[edit]

Recent results and upcoming fixtures[edit]

Matches played within the last 12 months, as well as upcoming fixtures, are displayed.

Achievements[edit]

Record against other teams[edit]

Russia played a total of 170 matches, 132 (78 %) out of which were won.[7]

Only main international events are counted in the below table

Team First Last Record
Italy Italy 1996 2016 11–4
Argentina Argentina 1996 2015 2–2
United States United States 1996 2016 3–1
Belgium Belgium 2005 2005 1–0
Portugal Portugal 2005 2016 7–8
Switzerland Switzerland 2005 2016 8–5
Mexico Mexico 2007 2011 1–1
Solomon Islands Solomon Islands 2007 2007 1–0
Brazil Brazil 2007 2016 5–5
Cameroon Cameroon 2008 2008 1–0
United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates 2008 2015 3–1
Poland Poland 2009 2016 6–2
Spain Spain 2009 2016 13–2
France France 2009 2016 8–0
Costa Rica Costa Rica 2009 2009 1–0
Romania Romania 2010 2016 9–0
Turkey Turkey 2011 2014 2–0
Nigeria Nigeria 2011 2012 3–0
French Polynesia Tahiti 2011 2016 6–1
Venezuela Venezuela 2011 2011 1–0
El Salvador El Salvador 2011 2011 1–0
Germany Germany 2013 2016 4–0
Belarus Belarus 2013 2016 4–2
Netherlands Netherlands 2013 2014 1–1
Greece Greece 2013 2013 3–0
Japan Japan 2013 2014 1–1
Ivory Coast Ivory Coast 2013 2013 1–0
Paraguay Paraguay 2013 2015 2–0
Iran Iran 2013 2016 3–3
Hungary Hungary 2014 2016 3–0
Madagascar Madagascar 2015 2015 1–0
Egypt Egypt 2015 2016 2–0
Ukraine Ukraine 2016 2016 2–0
Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 2016 2016 1–0
Norway Norway 2016 2016 1–0
Moldova Moldova 2016 2016 1–0
Czech Republic Czech Republic 2016 2016 1–0

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