Russia only previous UEFA European Under-17 Championship qualification was in 2006, when they went on to lift the trophy in Luxembourg by defeating a strong Czech Republic team on penalties. That opponent inflicted a 3-0 defeat in the first game of this season's qualifying round, but Russia responded to progress to the elite round, before edging out two other former winners in the shape of England and Portugal, despite all three ending locked on six points, to seal their last-eight place.
Their previous elite round success seven years ago also came in England, a good omen for coach Dmitri Khomukha. "We will set ourselves the task of winning every game in the finals," said Khomukha. "Otherwise there is no point in us qualifying. One thing is sure – we will not be the whipping boys in Slovakia."
Anton Mitryushkin (goalkeeper, FC Spartak Moskva), Nikita Chernov (defender, PFC CSKA Moskva), Danila Buranov (midfielder, FC Spartak Moskva)
Coach: Dmitri Khomukha
Date of Birth: 23 August 1969
Playing career: Kolkhochi Ashgabat, SKA Karpaty Lviv, FC Metalist Kharkiv, FC Erzu Grozny, FC Zenit St Petersburg, PFC CSKA Moskva, FC Shinnik Yaroslavl, FC Terek Grozny
Coaching career: PFC CSKA Moskva youth, Russia U17
A skilful midfielder who achieved fame during the 1990s at FC Zenit St Petersburg and PFC CSKA Moskva, the playmaker was dubbed the 'King of set-pieces' for his remarkable ability with a dead ball. He finished second and third in Russian top-flight with CSKA before winning a Russian Cup with FC Terek Grozny. Capped twice by Turkmenistan, he hung up his boots in 2006 before taking the step into coaching.
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