Russia national football team

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This article is about the national football team of the Russian Federation (1992–present). For the national football team of the Russian Empire (1910–1914), see Russian Empire national football team.
This article is about the men's football team. For the women's team, see Russia women's national football team.
Russia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association Russian Football Union (RFU)
Российский Футбольный Союз
Confederation UEFA (Europe)
Head coach Leonid Slutsky
Captain Roman Shirokov
Most caps Sergei Ignashevich (114)
Top scorer Aleksandr Kerzhakov (30)
Home stadium Otkrytie Arena
Lokomotiv Stadium
Petrovsky
Luzhniki
FIFA code RUS
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 23 Increase 1 (4 February 2015)
Highest 3 (April 1996)
Lowest 40 (December 1998)
First international
 Russia 2–0 Mexico 
(Moscow, Russia; 16 August 1992)
World Cup
Appearances 11 as of 2018 (First in 1958)
Best result Fourth Place, 1966 [1]
European Championship
Appearances 11 (First in 1960)
Best result Champions, 1960 [1]

The Russia national football team (Russian: Национа́льная сбо́рная Росси́и по футбо́лу, Natsionálnaja sbórnaja Rossii po futbólu) represents Russia in association football and is controlled by the Russian Football Union (Russian: Российский Футбольный Союз, Rossijskij Futboľnyj Sojuz), the governing body for football in Russia.

Russia's home grounds are Otkrytie Arena, Luzhniki Stadium and Lokomotiv Stadium (all in Moscow), and Petrovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg.

Russia qualified for three World Cups (1994, 2002, 2014), and they have automatically qualified for 2018 as hosts. They have also qualified for five European Championships (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016). Reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2008 marks the only time that they passed the group stages of a major tournament, excluding the record of the Soviet Union national team, of which Russia is the successor.[2]

History[edit]

After the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia played its first international match against Mexico on 16 August 1992 winning 2–0 with a team of former Soviet Union players, including some born in other former Soviet republics.

Beginning[edit]

Led by manager Pavel Sadyrin, Russia were in Group 5 for the qualification campaign for the 1994 FIFA World Cup which consisted of Greece, Iceland, Hungary and Luxembourg. The suspension of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, reduced the group to five teams. Russia eventually qualified alongside Greece with six wins and two draws. Russia went to the USA to start a new era of Russian football as an independent country. The Russian squad consisted of veterans like goalkeeper Stanislav Cherchesov, Aleksandr Borodyuk and players like Viktor Onopko, Oleg Salenko, Aleksandr Mostovoi, Vladimir Beschastnykh, and Valery Karpin (some of these Russian players could have chosen to play for example the Ukrainian national football team but the Football Federation of Ukraine had failed to secure recognition in time to compete in the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification[3]).

In the final tournament, Russia was drawn into group B with Cameroon, Sweden, and Brazil. This was considered a strong group with Russia having limited chances of qualifying for the second round. In their first two games Russia lost 2–0 to Brazil and 3–1 to Sweden. Teetering on elimination, Russia defeated Cameroon 6–1 with Oleg Salenko scoring a record five goals in a single match. Russia was eliminated from the tournament with three points from one win and two losses. Sadyrin was later sacked following what was a poor performance.

Euro 96[edit]

Russia's Euro 96 match against Italy on a stamp of Azerbaijan

After Sadyrin was sacked, Oleg Romantsev was appointed coach to lead Russia to Euro 96. Romantsev was expected to qualify Russia for the final tournament and perform well. In his squad he selected many players from the 1994 FIFA World Cup such as Viktor Onopko, Aleksandr Mostovoi, Vladimir Beschastnykh, and Valery Karpin. During qualifying, Russia overcame Scotland, Greece, Finland, San Marino, and the Faroe Islands to finish in first place with eight wins and two draws.

In the final tournament Russia was in Group C with Germany, Czech Republic, and Italy. Group C was considered the 'group of death' with Russia dubbed the weakest team, and they were eliminated after losing 2–1 to Italy and 3–0 to Germany despite a goalless first half in the latter game. Russia's last game against the Czech Republic ended 3–3. Germany and Czech Republic went on to meet in the final.

1997–1999[edit]

Boris Ignatyev managed Russia in their unsuccessful qualification campaign for the 1998 FIFA World Cup

After Euro 96, Boris Ignatyev was appointed manager for the campaign to qualify for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, retaining players from Euro 96 such as Viktor Onopko, Aleksandr Mostovoi, and Valery Karpin. In the qualifying stage Russia was in Group 5 with Bulgaria, Israel, Cyprus, and Luxembourg. Russia and Bulgaria were considered the two main contenders to qualify from the group with Israel considered a minor threat. Russia began the campaign with two victories against Cyprus and Luxembourg and two draws against Israel and Cyprus. They continued with victories against Luxembourg and Israel. Russia suffered their only defeat of the campaign with a 1–0 loss to Bulgaria. They ended the campaign with a 4–2 victory in the return game over Bulgaria and qualify for the play-off spot. In the play-offs, Russia was drawn with Italy. In the first leg Russia drew 1–1. In the away leg, Russia were defeated 1–0 and failed to qualify for the World Cup.

After failing to qualify for the World Cup in France, Russia were determined to qualify for the UEFA Euro 2000 co-hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands. Anatoliy Byshovets was appointed as Russia manager. He made very few changes to the squad by recalling players from the previous generations but did call up striker Alexander Panov. Russia were drawn in Group 4 for the qualifying round with France, Ukraine, Iceland, Armenia, and Andorra. Russia and France were considered as favorites for the top two spots with Ukraine being an outside contender. Russia began their campaign with three straight defeats to Ukraine, France, and Iceland. Outraged by this result, the Russian Football Union immediately sacked Byshovets and reappointed Oleg Romantsev as manager. The reappointment of Romanstev as manager brought a complete turn-around to Russia's campaign. They went on to win their next six games including a 3–2 victory over France at the Stade de France. In their last game against Ukraine, a win for Russia would have resulted in outright qualification as the winners of the group, having an identical head-to-head record with France (a 3–2 win and a 3–2 loss), while possessing a superior goal difference. Russia took a 1–0 lead; however the game finished 1–1 after a mistake by the goalkeeper Alexandr Filimonov late in the game.[4] Russia finished third in the group, failing to qualify for their second major tournament in succession.

Revival[edit]

Oleg Romantsev remained as manager of the national team to supervise their qualification campaign to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan. In the preliminary stage Russia was in Group 1 with Slovenia, FR Yugoslavia, and Switzerland, Faroe Islands, and Luxembourg. Russia were once again considered the favourites to qualify along with either Switzerland or Yugoslavia. Russia finished their campaign in first place to qualify directly managing seven wins, two draws, and a loss.

Russia was drawn into Group H with Belgium, Tunisia, and Japan. In their first game Russia achieved a 2–0 victory over Tunisia, but lost their next match to Japan 1–0, causing riots to erupt in Moscow.[5] For their last game against Belgium, Russia needed a draw to take them to the second round, but lost 3–2 and was eliminated.

Georgi Yartsev managed Russia at Euro 2004

Romantsev was sacked immediately following the tournament and replaced with CSKA's Valery Gazzaev. His task looked difficult as Russia's group consisted of Switzerland, Republic of Ireland, Albania, and Georgia with the Irish considered favourites and an improving Swiss side as an increasing threat. Russia began their campaign with home victories against the Republic of Ireland and Albania, but lost their next two games away to Albania and Georgia. Gazzaev was sacked after a disappointing draw with Switzerland in Basel, and Georgi Yartsev was then appointed manager. He managed to qualify Russia for a play-off against Wales after home victories to Switzerland and Georgia. In the first play-off leg Russia drew 0–0 with Wales in Moscow, but a Vadim Evseev header gave Russia a 1–0 victory in the away leg in Cardiff to qualify for Euro 2004. The victory was overshadowed when Russian midfielder Yegor Titov tested positive for drugs; amidst calls for Russia to be disqualified, Titov was given a one-year ban on 15 February 2004.

Russia were drawn in Group A with hosts Portugal, Spain, and Greece. They were not among the favourites to progress and tournament preparations were hampered by injuries to defenders Sergei Ignashevich and Victor Onopko.[6] Russia started their tournament against Spain but a late goal from Juan Carlos Valeron put Russia on the brink of another group stage elimination.[7] Four days later, Russia became the first team officially eliminated after a 0–2 defeat to Portugal.[8] The final game of the group resulted in a surprising 2–1 victory over Greece with Dmitri Kirichenko scoring one of the fastest goals of the tournament.[9]

In the 2006 World Cup qualifying tournament, Russia was drawn into Group 3 with Portugal, Slovakia, Estonia, Latvia, Luxembourg, and Liechtenstein. Russia began qualification with a 1–1 draw against Slovakia on 4 September 2004 in Moscow and then beat Luxembourg 4–0, but suffered a 7–1 defeat against Portugal in Lisbon, which remains Russia's worst defeat. Victories against Estonia and Liechtenstein seemed to put them back on track but a 1–1 draw with Estonia on 30 March 2005 in Tallinn was a major disappointment which saw the end of Georgi Yartsev's reign. Under new manager Yuri Semin, Russia were able to rekindle their hopes with a 2–0 win against Latvia before a 1–1 draw in Riga on 17 August 2005. Russia seemed to redeem themselves with victories against Liechtenstein, Luxembourg and a 0–0 draw against Portugal. In their final game Russia needed to win against Slovakia in Bratislava. After a 0–0 draw Slovakia advanced to the play-offs above Russia on goal difference.

Euro 2008[edit]

Manager Guus Hiddink and midfielder Sergei Semak meet the President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, after reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2008

Having failed to qualify Russia for the 2006 World Cup, Yuri Semin stepped down several weeks later and Russia began looking for a new manager. It was clear that a foreign manager would be needed as most of the high profile Russian coaches were not successful with the national team. On 10 April 2006, it was announced that then Australia manager Guus Hiddink would lead Russia in the Euro 2008 qualification campaign.[10]

For the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, Russia were drawn into Group E with England, Croatia, Israel, Macedonia, Estonia, and Andorra. For much of the campaign, it was between Russia and England to obtain the final qualifying place behind Croatia. Russia lost 3–0 away to England, and in the return game in Moscow, fell to an early goal from Wayne Rooney. During the second half Russia came from behind to win 2–1 with Roman Pavlyuchenko scoring both goals. On 17 November 2007, Russia suffered a 2–1 defeat to Israel to put qualification hopes in jeopardy, but Russia still managed to qualify one point ahead of England by beating Andorra 1–0 while England lost 3–2 to Croatia.

In the Euro 2008 tournament, Russia were drawn into Group D with Sweden and Euro 2004 group rivals Spain and Greece. In a preparation friendly against Serbia, leading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak was injured and would miss the tournament. Russia lost their opening match 4–1 to Spain in Innsbruck but then beat Greece 1–0 with a goal by Konstantin Zyryanov. The third game saw Russia defeat Sweden 2–0 through goals by Roman Pavlyuchenko and Andrei Arshavin, resulting in Russia advancing to the quarter-finals in second place behind Spain.

In the quarter-final against the Netherlands, Roman Pavlyuchenko scored a volley ten minutes after half-time. With four minutes left in the match, Ruud van Nistelrooy scored, to make it 1–1 and put the game into extra time. But Russia regained the lead when Andrei Arshavin raced down the left flank and sent a cross towards substitute Dmitri Torbinski, who tapped the ball into the net. Arshavin then beat Edwin van der Sar, ending the match 3–1, and sent Russia through to their first major semi-final since the breakup of the USSR. In the semi-finals Russia was once again matched up against Spain, and lost 3–0.

2010 FIFA World Cup Qualification[edit]

Russia lost 0–1 against Germany in 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification in October 2009

Russia was drawn to Group 4 in qualification for 2010 FIFA World Cup, competing with Germany, Finland, Wales, Azerbaijan and Liechtenstein. The team started the campaign with a 2–1 victory over Wales but on 11 October lost 2–1 to Germany. Russia's form then improved, and by winning 3–1 away to Wales on the same day as Finland drew 1–1 to Liechtenstein, guaranteed them at least a play-off spot. The match at the Luzhniki Stadium against Germany to top the group was watched by 84,500 fans. Miroslav Klose scored the only goal of the game in the 35th minute, sending the Germans to the finals in South Africa and Russia to a play-off.

On 14 November, Russia faced Slovenia in the first-leg of their two-legged play-off, where they won 2–1 with two goals from Diniyar Bilyaletdinov.[11] In the return match, Russia lost 1–0 in Maribor, and Slovenia qualified for the finals on the away goals rule.[12] On 13 February 2010, it was confirmed that Hiddink would leave his position as manager, with the expiration of his contract on 30 June.[13]

Euro 2012[edit]

Russia directly qualified for Euro 2012 by winning qualifying Group B, defeating Slovakia, the Republic of Ireland, Macedonia, Armenia and Andorra.

Russia were drawn into Group A with Poland, Czech Republic, Greece. Led by Dick Advocaat, Russia started off the tournament with a 4–1 win over the Czech Republic and temporarily went to the top of the group with three points. They were eliminated after a 1–1 draw against Poland and a 1–0 loss against Greece.

2014 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Qualification[edit]

In July 2012, the Italian Fabio Capello was named as the new Russian manager, after being sacked by England in February.[14]

Russia competed in Group F of World Cup qualification and qualified in first place after a 1–1 draw with Azerbaijan in their last game. In January 2014, after qualification had been achieved, Capello was rewarded with a new four-year contract to last up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[15]

Group F

Team
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Russia 10 7 1 2 20 5 +15 22
 Portugal 10 6 3 1 20 9 +11 21
 Israel 10 3 5 2 19 14 +5 14
 Azerbaijan 10 1 6 3 7 11 −4 9
 Northern Ireland 10 1 4 5 9 17 −8 7
 Luxembourg 10 1 3 6 7 26 −19 6
  Azerbaijan Israel Luxembourg Northern Ireland Portugal Russia
Azerbaijan  1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1
Israel  1–1 3–0 1–1 3–3 0–4
Luxembourg  0–0 0–6 3–2 1–2 0–4
Northern Ireland  1–1 0–2 1–1 2–4 1–0
Portugal  3–0 1–1 3–0 1–1 1–0
Russia  1–0 3–1 4–1 2–0 1–0


Final tournament[edit]

Russia played in Group H against South Korea, Belgium and Algeria.

In their first group match, against South Korea, goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev fumbled a long-range shot from Lee Keun-ho, dropping it over the line to give the Koreans the lead. Russia then went on to equalise through substitute Aleksandr Kerzhakov, who drew equal to Vladimir Beschastnykh's record 26 goals for Russia, and the match finished 1–1.[16] In the second match, Russia held Belgium at 0–0 at the Maracanã until substitute Divock Origi scored the only goal in the 88th minute. The final group stage match between Algeria and Russia on 26 June ended 1–1, advancing Algeria and eliminating Russia. A win for Russia would have seen them qualify, and they led the game 1–0 after six minutes through Aleksandr Kokorin. In the 60th minute of the game, a green laser was shone in Akinfeev's face while he was defending from an Algerian free kick, from which Islam Slimani scored to equalise. Both Akinfeev and Russian coach Fabio Capello blamed the laser for the decisive conceded goal.[17][18]

Group H

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Belgium 3 3 0 0 4 1 +3 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Algeria 3 1 1 1 6 5 +1 4
3  Russia 3 0 2 1 2 3 −1 2
4  South Korea 3 0 1 2 3 6 −3 1
Source: FIFA
Rules for classification: Tie-breaking criteria

UEFA Euro 2016[edit]

Russia were placed in Group G of UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying alongside Sweden, Austria, Montenegro, Moldova and Liechtenstein. Russia began their campaign well with a 4–0 win against Liechtenstein. This was followed by a string of shaky performances by Russia, two 1–1 draws against Sweden and Moldova and two 1–0 losses against Austria. Russia were awarded a 3–0 victory against Montenegro due to crowd violence. At this stage, Russia looked to be finishing third in their group before they bounced back by winning their remaining matches against Sweden, Liechtenstein, Moldova and Montenegro to finish second in their qualifying group above Sweden and qualify for UEFA Euro 2016.

Group G

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Austria 10 9 1 0 22 5 +17 28 Qualify for final tournament
2  Russia 10 6 2 2 21 5 +16 20
3  Sweden 10 5 3 2 15 9 +6 18 Advance to play-offs
4  Montenegro 10 3 2 5 10 13 −3 11
5  Liechtenstein 10 1 2 7 2 26 −24 5
6  Moldova 10 0 2 8 4 16 −12 2
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Qualification tiebreakers

2018 FIFA World Cup[edit]

Russia was selected to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Kits[edit]

Following the break up of the Soviet Union, the Russian Football Union opted for a new identity, replacing the red and white Adidas kits with strips supplied by Reebok. Reebok presented the team in red, blue and white kits reflecting the new national flag of Russia. In 1997, Nike decided on a simpler design using just blue and white. The design, used at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2004, consisted of mainly a white base with blue trim and the opposite combination for the away kit. After failing to qualify for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Nike moved in another direction by reintroducing red as the away kit, while the home colour remained primarily white.[19][20] This trend was continued by Adidas, who took over as suppliers in September, 2008.[21] The 2009–10 season marked yet another major change in the kit design with the introduction of the maroon and gold as the primary home colours. This combination however proved to be short lived as a return to red and white was made in 2011. The edition of the kit used at Euro 2012 featured a red base with gold trim and a Russian flag positioned diagonally while the away kit was a minimalistic white with red trim combination. The 2014 FIFA World Cup kit made return to the maroon and gold colour scheme once again, with Russian flag-coloured stripes built horizontally into the sleeves, the front includes the pattern in different shades of maroon depicting the Monument to the Conquerors of Space. The away 2014 kit is mostly white with blue trim, the top of the front below the trim shows the view of Earth from space. The sides and back of the collar are made in the colours of the Russian flag. The Russian national team's official shirt supplier since 2008 is Adidas.

Name Duration
Germany Adidas 1992–1993
United Kingdom Reebok 1993–1996
United States Nike 1997–2008
Germany Adidas 2008 – present

Kit history[edit]

Home kits[edit]

1992
(first international match against Mexico)
1992
1993
1994–1995
1995
1996–1997
1996
(against Cyprus)
1996
(against Israel)
1997
1998
1998—1999
2000—2002
2002–2003
2004–2005
2006—2007
2007
(against Israel)
2008
2008–2009
2009
2009—2010
2011
2012–2013
2014–2015
2016

Away kits[edit]

1993
(against USA and Israel)
1993
(against Iceland)
1993
(against Hungary)
1994
(against Mexico)
1994–1995
1996–1997
1996
(against Brazil)
1997
(against Bulgaria)
1998—1999
1998
(against France)
2000—2002
2002–2003
2004–2005
2005
(against Italy)
2006—2007
(against Latvia & the Netherlands)
2007
(against Croatia)
2008
2008
2009
2009—2010
2011
2012–2013
2014–2015
2016

Recent results and forthcoming fixtures[edit]

Date Venue Opponent Result Notes
2011
9 February Abu Dhabi  Iran 0–1 International Match
26 March Yerevan  Armenia 0–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
29 March Doha  Qatar 1–1 International Match
4 June Saint Petersburg  Armenia 3–1 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
7 June Salzburg  Cameroon 0–0 International Match
10 August Moscow  Serbia 1–0 International Match
2 September Moscow  Macedonia 1–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
6 September Moscow  Republic of Ireland 0–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
7 October Žilina  Slovakia 1–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
11 October Moscow  Andorra 6–0 UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying
11 November Piraeus  Greece 1–1 International Match
2012
29 February Copenhagen  Denmark 2–0 International Match
25 May Moscow  Uruguay 1–1 International Match
29 May Nyon  Lithuania 0–0 International Match
1 June Zürich  Italy 3–0 International Match
8 June Warsaw  Czech Republic 4–1 UEFA Euro 2012
12 June Warsaw  Poland 1–1 UEFA Euro 2012
16 June Warsaw  Greece 0–1 UEFA Euro 2012
15 August Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow  Ivory Coast 1–1 International Match
7 September Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow  Northern Ireland 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 September Ramat Gan Stadium, Ramat Gan  Israel 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 October Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow  Portugal 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
16 October Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow  Azerbaijan 1–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
14 November Kuban Stadium, Krasnodar  United States 2–2 International Match
2013
6 February Estadio Municipal de Marbella, Marbella  Iceland 2–0 International Match
25 March Stamford Bridge, London  Brazil 1–1 International Match
7 June Estádio da Luz, Lisbon  Portugal 0–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
15 August Windsor Park, Belfast  Northern Ireland 0–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
6 September Central Stadium, Kazan  Luxembourg 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
10 September Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg  Israel 3–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
11 October Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg  Luxembourg 4–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
15 October Bakcell Arena, Baku  Azerbaijan 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
15 November Zabeel Stadium, Dubai  Serbia 1–1 International Match
19 November Zabeel Stadium, Dubai  South Korea 2–1 International Match
2014
5 March Kuban Stadium, Krasnodar  Armenia 2–0 International Match
26 May Petrovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg  Slovakia 1–0 International Match
31 May Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Norway 1–1 International Match
6 June Lokomotiv Stadium, Moscow  Morocco 2–0 International Match
17 June Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá  South Korea 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
22 June Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro  Belgium 0–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
26 June Arena da Baixada, Curitiba  Algeria 1–1 2014 FIFA World Cup
3 September Arena Khimki, Khimki  Azerbaijan 4–0 International Match
8 September Arena Khimki, Khimki  Liechtenstein 4–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
9 October Friends Arena, Solna  Sweden 1–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
12 October Otkrytie Arena, Moscow  Moldova 1–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
15 November Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna  Austria 0–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
18 November Groupama Arena, Budapest  Hungary 2–1 International Match
2015
27 March Podgorica City Stadium, Podgorica  Montenegro 3–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
31 March Arena Khimki, Khimki  Kazakhstan 0–0 International Match
7 June Arena Khimki, Khimki  Belarus 4–2 International Match
14 June Otkrytie Arena, Moscow  Austria 0–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
5 September Otkrytie Arena, Moscow  Sweden 1–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
8 September Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz  Liechtenstein 7–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
9 October Zimbru Stadium, Chișinău  Moldova 2–1 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
12 October Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow [22]  Montenegro 2–0 UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
14 November Kuban Stadium, Krasnodar  Portugal 1–0 International Match
17 November Olimp-2, Rostov-on-Don  Croatia 1–3 International Match
2016
29 March Saint-Denis, France  France International Match
11 June Marseille, France  England UEFA Euro 2016
15 June Lille, France  Slovakia UEFA Euro 2016
20 June Toulouse, France  Wales UEFA Euro 2016
6 September  Greece International Match
7 October Tallinn, Estonia  Estonia International Match
10 October  Belgium International Match
13 November  Cyprus International Match
2017
25 March  Bosnia and Herzegovina International Match
9 June  Cyprus International Match
31 August Brussels, Belgium  Belgium International Match
3 September  Bosnia and Herzegovina International Match
7 October  Estonia International Match
10 October  Greece International Match

Competitive record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record[edit]

UEFA European Championship record Qualification Record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squads Pld W D L GF GA
1960–1992 As  Soviet Union and CIS-euro92-flag.png CIS
England 1996 Group Stage 14th 3 0 1 2 4 8 Squad 10 8 2 0 34 5
Belgium Netherlands 2000 DNQ 10 6 1 3 22 12
Portugal 2004 Group Stage 10th 3 1 0 2 2 4 Squad 10 5 3 2 20 12
Austria Switzerland 2008 Semi Final 3rd 5 3 0 2 7 8 Squad 12 7 3 2 18 7
Poland Ukraine 2012 Group Stage 9th 3 1 1 1 5 3 Squad 10 7 2 1 17 4
France 2016 Qualified 10 6 2 2 21 5
European Union Russia Azerbaijan 2020 TBD TBD
Total 1 Title 10/14 14 5 2 7 18 23 62 39 13 10 132 45

FIFA World Cup record[edit]

FIFA World Cup record Qualification Record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA Squads Pld W D L GF GA
1930–1990 As  Soviet Union
United States 1994 Group Stage 18th 3 1 0 2 7 6 Squad 8 5 2 1 15 4
France 1998 Did Not Qualify 10 5 3 2 20 7
South Korea Japan 2002 Group Stage 22nd 3 1 0 2 4 4 Squad 10 7 2 1 18 5
Germany 2006 Did Not Qualify 12 6 5 1 23 12
South Africa 2010 12 8 1 3 21 8
Brazil 2014 Group Stage 24th 3 0 2 1 2 3 Squad 10 7 1 2 20 5
Russia 2018 Qualified as Host Qualified as Host
Qatar 2022 To Be Determined TBD
Total Fourth Place 10/20 9 2 2 5 13 13 62 38 14 10 117 41

FIFA Confederations Cup[edit]

FIFA Confederations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D * L GF GA Squad
Saudi Arabia 1992 Did Not Qualify
Saudi Arabia 1995
Saudi Arabia 1997
Mexico 1999
South Korea Japan 2001
France 2003
Germany 2005
South Africa 2009
Brazil 2013
Russia 2017 Qualified as Host
Total 1/10 - - - - - - - -

Qualifying campaigns[edit]

FIFA World Cup European Football Championship
1994 – Finished 2nd in Qualifying group 1996 – Finished 1st in Qualifying group
1998 – Finished 2nd in Qualifying group
Lost to Italy in play-offs
2000 – Finished 3rd in Qualifying group
2002 – Finished 1st in Qualifying group 2004 – Finished 2nd in Qualifying group
Beat Wales in play-offs
2006 – Finished 3rd in Qualifying group 2008 – Finished 2nd in Qualifying group
2010 – Finished 2nd in Qualifying group
Lost to Slovenia in play-offs
2012 – Finished 1st in Qualifying group
2014 – Finished 1st in Qualifying group 2016 – Finished 2nd in Qualifying group
2018 – Qualified directly as the host

Managers[edit]

Name Tenure Matches Won Drawn Lost Win %
Russia Sadyrin, PavelPavel Sadyrin 1992–1994 23 12 6 5 52
Russia Romantsev, OlegOleg Romantsev 1994–1996, 1998–2002 60 36 14 10 60
Russia Ignatyev, BorisBoris Ignatyev 1996–1998 20 8 8 4 40
Russia Byshovets, AnatoliyAnatoliy Byshovets 1998 6 0 0 6 0
Russia Gazzaev, ValeryValery Gazzaev 2002–2003 9 4 2 3 44
Russia Yartsev, GeorgiGeorgi Yartsev 2003–2005 19 8 6 5 42
Russia Semin, YuriYuri Semin 2005 7 3 4 0 43
Russia Borodyuk, AleksandrAleksandr Borodyuk (caretaker) 2006 2 0 1 1 0
Netherlands Hiddink, GuusGuus Hiddink July 2006 – June 2010 39 22 7 10 56
Netherlands Advocaat, DickDick Advocaat July 2010 – July 2012 24 12 8 4 50
Italy Capello, FabioFabio Capello July 2012 – July 2015 33 17 11 5 51.5
Russia Slutsky, LeonidLeonid Slutsky August 2015 – Present 6 5 0 1 83.3

Coaching staff[edit]

Position Name Country Notes
Manager Leonid Slutsky Russia Russia
Assistant Coach Sergei Balakhnin Russia Russia
Assistant Coach Sergei Semak Russia Russia
Goalkeeping coach Sergei Ovchinnikov Russia Russia
Physiotherapist Paulino Granero Spain Spain
U-21 Manager Dmitri Khomukha Turkmenistan Turkmenistan
U-19 Manager Sergei Kiryakov Russia Russia
U-17 Manager Sergei Matveev Russia Russia

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the friendly matches against Portugal on 14 November and Croatia on 17 November 2015.[23]
Caps and goals correct as of 17 November 2015 after the match against Croatia as per RFU data.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Igor Akinfeev (1986-04-08) 8 April 1986 (age 29) 85 0 Russia CSKA Moscow
1GK Yuri Lodigin (1990-05-26) 26 May 1990 (age 25) 9 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
1GK Artyom Rebrov (1984-03-04) 4 March 1984 (age 31) 1 0 Russia Spartak Moscow
2DF Sergei Ignashevich (1979-07-14) 14 July 1979 (age 36) 114 8 Russia CSKA Moscow
2DF Yuri Zhirkov (1983-08-20) 20 August 1983 (age 32) 67 1 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
2DF Aleksei Berezutski (1982-06-20) 20 June 1982 (age 33) 55 0 Russia CSKA Moscow
2DF Dmitri Kombarov (1987-01-22) 22 January 1987 (age 29) 37 2 Russia Spartak Moscow
2DF Roman Shishkin (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 29) 10 0 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
2DF Georgi Shchennikov (1991-04-27) 27 April 1991 (age 24) 7 0 Russia CSKA Moscow
2DF Oleg Kuzmin (1981-05-09) 9 May 1981 (age 34) 4 1 Russia Rubin Kazan
2DF Ivan Novoseltsev (1991-08-25) 25 August 1991 (age 24) 3 0 Russia FC Rostov
2DF Andrei Semyonov (1989-03-24) 24 March 1989 (age 26) 3 0 Russia FC Terek Grozny
2DF Viktor Vasin (1988-10-06) 6 October 1988 (age 27) 2 0 Russia CSKA Moscow
3MF Igor Denisov (1984-05-17) 17 May 1984 (age 31) 52 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow
3MF Roman Shirokov (Captain) (1981-07-06) 6 July 1981 (age 34) 52 13 Russia CSKA Moscow
3MF Alan Dzagoev (1990-06-17) 17 June 1990 (age 25) 48 9 Russia CSKA Moscow
3MF Denis Glushakov (1987-01-27) 27 January 1987 (age 29) 40 3 Russia Spartak Moscow
3MF Aleksandr Samedov (1984-07-19) 19 July 1984 (age 31) 26 3 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow
3MF Aleksei Ionov (1989-02-18) 18 February 1989 (age 26) 10 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow
3MF Denis Cheryshev (1990-12-26) 26 December 1990 (age 25) 9 0 Spain Valencia
3MF Pavel Mamayev (1988-09-17) 17 September 1988 (age 27) 8 0 Russia Krasnodar
2DF Vladislav Ignatyev (1987-01-20) 20 January 1987 (age 29) 2 0 Russia Kuban Krasnodar
2DF Artur Yusupov (1989-09-01) 1 September 1989 (age 26) 1 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
4FW Artyom Dzyuba (1988-08-22) 22 August 1988 (age 27) 15 8 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg
4FW Fyodor Smolov (1990-02-05) 5 February 1990 (age 26) 10 4 Russia Krasnodar

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players been called up to the Russia squad in the past 12 months.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Sergey Ryzhikov (1980-09-19) 19 September 1980 (age 35) 1 0 Russia Rubin Kazan v.  Austria, 14 June 2015
DF Vasili BerezutskiInjured (1982-06-20) 20 June 1982 (age 33) 92 4 Russia CSKA Moscow v.  Moldova, 9 October 2015
DF Igor SmolnikovInjured (1988-08-08) 8 August 1988 (age 27) 10 0 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg v.  Moldova, 9 October 2015
DF Vladimir Granat (1987-05-22) 22 May 1987 (age 28) 9 1 Russia Spartak Moscow v.  Liechtenstein, 8 September 2015
DF Yevgeni Makeyev (1989-07-24) 24 July 1989 (age 26) 3 0 Russia Spartak Moscow v.  Austria, 14 June 2015
DF Sergei Parshivlyuk (1989-03-18) 18 March 1989 (age 26) 3 0 Russia Spartak Moscow v.  Austria, 14 June 2015
DF Nikita Chernov (1996-01-14) 14 January 1996 (age 20) 2 0 Russia CSKA Moscow v.  Austria, 14 June 2015
DF Elmir Nabiullin (1995-03-08) 8 March 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Russia Rubin Kazan v.  Austria, 14 June 2015
DF Aleksei Kozlov (1986-11-16) 16 November 1986 (age 29) 14 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow v.  Kazakhstan, 31 March 2015
DF Ruslan Kambolov (1990-01-01) 1 January 1990 (age 26) 1 0 Russia Rubin Kazan v.  Kazakhstan, 31 March 2015
MF Oleg ShatovInjured (1990-06-29) 29 June 1990 (age 25) 20 2 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2015
MF Alan Kasaev (1986-02-08) 8 February 1986 (age 30) 0 0 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2015
MF Dmitri TarasovInjured (1987-03-18) 18 March 1987 (age 28) 2 1 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2015
MF Yury Gazinsky (1989-07-20) 20 July 1989 (age 26) 0 0 Russia Krasnodar v.  Liechtenstein, 8 September 2015
MF Aleksandr Yerokhin (1989-10-13) 13 October 1989 (age 26) 0 0 Russia Ural Sverdlovsk Oblast v.  Liechtenstein, 8 September 2015
MF Magomed Ozdoyev (1992-11-05) 5 November 1992 (age 23) 6 0 Russia Rubin Kazan v.  Austria, 14 June 2015
MF Aleksei Miranchuk (1995-10-17) 17 October 1995 (age 20) 2 1 Russia Lokomotiv Moscow v.  Austria, 14 June 2015
MF Oleg Ivanov (1986-08-04) 4 August 1986 (age 29) 2 0 Russia Terek Grozny v.  Austria, 14 June 2015
MF Aleksandr Golovin (1996-05-30) 30 May 1996 (age 19) 1 1 Russia CSKA Moscow v.  Belarus, 7 June 2015
MF Dmitri Torbinski (1984-04-28) 28 April 1984 (age 31) 28 2 Russia Krasnodar v.  Kazakhstan, 31 March 2015
MF Pavel Mogilevets (1993-01-25) 25 January 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Russia Rostov v.  Kazakhstan, 31 March 2015
MF Roman Zobnin (1994-04-11) 11 April 1994 (age 21) 1 0 Russia Dynamo Moscow v.  Kazakhstan, 31 March 2015
FW Aleksandr Kokorin (1991-03-19) 19 March 1991 (age 24) 36 10 Russia Zenit Saint Petersburg v.  Montenegro, 12 October 2015
FW Aleksandr Kerzhakov (1982-11-27) 27 November 1982 (age 33) 90 30 Switzerland Zürich v.  Austria, 14 June 2015
FW Denis Davydov (1995-03-22) 22 March 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Russia Spartak Moscow v.  Belarus, 7 June 2015
FW Maksim Kanunnikov (1991-07-14) 14 July 1991 (age 24) 6 0 Russia Rubin Kazan v.  Kazakhstan, 31 March 2015
FW Dmitry Poloz (1991-07-12) 12 July 1991 (age 24) 2 0 Russia Rostov v.  Kazakhstan, 31 March 2015
FW Igor Portnyagin (1989-01-07) 7 January 1989 (age 27) 1 0 Russia Rubin Kazan v.  Kazakhstan, 31 March 2015
FW Dmitri Yefremov (1995-04-01) 1 April 1995 (age 20) 1 0 Czech Republic Slovan Liberec v.  Kazakhstan, 31 March 2015
Notes
  • PRE Preliminary squad
  • REM Called-up, but removed from the squad before the game
  • Injured Injured or recovering from surgery

Player records[edit]

As of 17 November 2015.[24]

Bold indicates active players

Italic indicates players that played for the USSR or CIS

Home venues record[edit]

Venue City First match Last match Played Won Drawn Lost GF GA Average attendance
Lokomotiv Moscow 16 August 1992 6 June 2014 28 16 8 4 56 20 20,592
Luzhniki Moscow 14 October 1992 16 October 2012 29 19 7 3 49 16 37,900
Dynamo Moscow 29 May 1996 7 November 2006 18 11 7 0 36 11 15,556
Petrovsky Saint Petersburg 20 August 1997 26 May 2014 9 8 0 1 19 3 18,119
Arsenal Tula 19 May 1999 19 May 1999 1 0 1 0 1 1 13,000
Tsentralny Volgograd 16 October 2002 16 October 2002 1 1 0 0 4 1 16,000
Kuban Krasnodar 17 November 2004 14 November 2015 4 3 1 0 9 2 26,800
Tsentralny Profsoyuz Voronezh 17 November 2010 17 November 2010 1 0 0 1 0 2 34,000
Tsentralny Kazan 6 September 2013 6 September 2013 1 1 0 0 4 1 22,000
Arena Khimki Khimki 3 September 2014 7 June 2015 4 3 1 0 12 2 6,109
Otkrytie Arena Moscow 12 October 2014 12 October 2015 4 2 1 1 4 2 38,187
Olimp-2 Rostov-na-Donu 17 November 2015 17 November 2015 1 0 0 1 1 3 15,000

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Further reading[edit]

  • Marc Bennetts (2008). Football Dynamo – Modern Russia and the People's Game. London: Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-1319-6

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