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Russia team profile

Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.41CET
Since the break-up of the Soviet Union – the inaugural winners of the UEFA European Championship, in 1960, and runners-up in 1964, 1972 and 1988 – Russia have been regular qualifiers.

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Published: Sunday 5 January 2014, 1.41CET

Russia team profile

Since the break-up of the Soviet Union – the inaugural winners of the UEFA European Championship, in 1960, and runners-up in 1964, 1972 and 1988 – Russia have been regular qualifiers.

Best result: winners 1960 (as Soviet Union)
Coach: Leonid Slutski
Leading scorers: 
all-time – Oleh Blokhin (42 for Soviet Union); current – Aleksandr Kerzhakov (30)
Most appearances: all-time – Sergei Ignashevich (114); current – Sergei Ignashevich (114)
Association formed: 1912
Nickname: None
Where they play: Various

Watch Russia's top five qualifying goals

Since the break-up of the Soviet Union – the inaugural winners of the UEFA European Championship, in 1960, and runners-up in 1964, 1972 and 1988 – Russia have been regular qualifiers for the four-yearly continental gathering, but only once have they made it through the group stage. That was in 2008, when Dutchman Guus Hiddink's attractive side reached the semi-finals. In post-Soviet days they qualified for the FIFA World Cups of 1994 and 2002, and again for Brazil 2014. UEFA EURO 2016 qualification was achieved as Group G runners-up after new coach Leonid Slutski, a mid-campaign replacement for Fabio Capello, oversaw wins in each of the team's last four matches.

EURO pedigree
Matches played
Overall: P150 W85 D35 L30 F271 A125
Final tournament: P30 W12 D6 L12 F36 A39
Qualifying: P120 W73 D29 L18 F235 A86

As part of the Soviet Union, Russia helped win the inaugural competition in 1960. A side containing FC Dinamo Moskva goalkeeper Lev Yashin and FC Spartak Moskva's Igor Netto beat Yugoslavia 2-1 in the final; striker Viktor Ponedelnik scored the extra-time winner. The USSR were runners-up to Spain in 1964, lost the 1972 final to West Germany and suffered more showpiece woe in 1988 as a Ukrainian-accented team went down 2-0 to the Netherlands.

Since playing under the banner of the CIS in 1992, Russia have struggled to repeat past glories. They earned one win in nine finals games in 1992, 1996 and 2004 and failed to qualify in 2000, before a welcome return to form in Austria and Switzerland where they reached the semi-finals. UEFA EURO 2012 brought another group stage exit, despite opening with a 4-1 defeat of the Czech Republic and a 1-1 draw with co-hosts Poland. Needing just another draw, they lost 1-0 to Greece.

Memorable EURO matches
21/06/2008: Netherlands 1-3 Russia (aet), UEFA EURO 2008 quarter-finals
Andrey Arshavin inspired Hiddink's men to a shock victory over the fancied Oranje.

25/06/1988: Soviet Union 0-2 Netherlands, 1988 UEFA European Championship final
Marco van Basten's wonder goal and Igor Belanov's spot-kick failure proved key.

10/07/1960: Soviet Union 2-1 Yugoslavia (aet), 1960 UEFA European Championship final
Ponedelnik's 113th-minute strike in Paris captured the first EURO title.

Did you know?
Aleksandr Kerzhakov's two goals against Azerbaijan in a friendly on 3 September 2014 took him past Vladimir Beschastnykh (26 goals) as the all-time top scorer for post-Soviet Russia.

*Last updated on 18/11/15

Last updated: 03/12/15 13.52CET

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Match log

HomeAway
The home team is listed first.Last updated: 15/04/2016 15:18 CET
3 September 2014 03 Sep - Friendlies 2014-16
Russia4-0Azerbaijan
Referee: not available
10/17/2015 13:16:04
8 September 2014 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Russia4-0Liechtenstein
Referee: Sébastien Delferiere (BEL) Stadium: Arena Khimki, Khimki (RUS)
05/30/2016 14:49:21
9 October 2014 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Sweden1-1Russia
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA) Stadium: Friends Arena, Solna (SWE)
01/08/2016 08:06:16
12 October 2014 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Russia1-1Moldova
Referee: Kristinn Jakobsson (ISL) Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow (RUS)
05/30/2016 15:15:11
15 November 2014 15 Nov - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Austria1-0Russia
Referee: Martin Atkinson (ENG) Stadium: Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna (AUT)
05/19/2016 16:08:54
18 November 2014 18 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Hungary1-2Russia
Referee: Cüneyt Çakır (TUR) Stadium: Ferenc Puskás, Budapest (HUN)
12/17/2015 16:29:42
27 March 2015 27 Mar - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Montenegro0-3 (f)Russia
Match forfeited f
Referee: Deniz Aytekin (GER) Stadium: Gradski Stadion Podgorica, Podgorica (MNE)
05/13/2016 11:21:52
31 March 2015 31 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Russia0-0Kazakhstan
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (BLR)
12/17/2015 16:57:32
1 June 2015 01 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Norway - Russia
Match cancelled c
Referee: not available
11/19/2015 12:44:33
7 June 2015 07 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Russia4-2Belarus
Referee: not available
03/17/2016 14:33:29
14 June 2015 14 Jun - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Russia0-1Austria
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB) Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow (RUS)
05/30/2016 15:15:12
5 September 2015 05 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Russia1-0Sweden
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (ENG) Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow (RUS)
05/30/2016 15:15:12
8 September 2015 08 Sep - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Liechtenstein0-7Russia
Referee: Bobby Madden (SCO) Stadium: Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (LIE)
05/09/2016 14:09:55
9 October 2015 09 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Moldova1-2Russia
Referee: Michael Koukoulakis (GRE) Stadium: Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau (MDA)
02/22/2016 12:32:31
12 October 2015 12 Oct - UEFA EURO, Qualifying round (Group G)
Russia2-0Montenegro
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (NOR) Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow (RUS)
05/30/2016 15:15:11
14 November 2015 14 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Russia1-0Portugal
Referee: Milorad Mažić (SRB)
12/29/2015 10:50:22
17 November 2015 17 Nov - Friendlies 2014-16
Russia1-3Croatia
Referee: Clément Turpin (FRA)
12/29/2015 10:48:37
26 March 2016 26 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
Russia3-0Lithuania
Referee: Daniele Orsato (ITA) Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow (RUS)
05/30/2016 15:15:11
29 March 2016 29 Mar - Friendlies 2014-16
France4-2Russia
Referee: not available Stadium: Stade de France, Saint-Denis (FRA)
05/27/2016 15:01:20
1 June 2016 01 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Czech Republic
18.00
Russia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Tivoli Neu, Innsbruck (AUT)
05/19/2016 15:49:56
5 June 2016 05 Jun - Friendlies 2014-16
Serbia
18.00
Russia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade Louis II, Monaco (FRA)
05/19/2016 15:51:44
EnglandRussia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (FRA)
05/30/2016 14:25:54
RussiaSlovakia
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille Métropole (FRA)
05/30/2016 11:00:56
RussiaWales
Referee: TBD Stadium: Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse (FRA)
05/30/2016 13:47:50

General info

  • Founded : 1912
  • Stadium : Stadion Luzhniki
  • Currently playing : European Championship 2014/2016

Trophy cabinet

Team record in UEFA competitions

  • Biggest win:
    08/09/2015, Liechtenstein 0-7 Russia, Vaduz
    07/06/1995, San Marino 0-7 Russia, Serravalle
  • Biggest defeat:
    10/06/2008, Spain 4-1 Russia, Innsbruck
  • Appearances in UEFA European Football Championship: 6
  • Player with most appearances: 45
    Sergei Ignashevich (RUS)
  • Top scorers: 10
    Roman Pavlyuchenko (RUS)