Russia

Russia's futsal history dates back to before the codification of the current discipline and they have European titles at club and international levels.

Coach Sergei Skorovich
Coach Sergei Skorovich ©Sportsfile

'Mini-football' developed in the Soviet Union during the 1950s in the Latvian Republic. It soon boomed as a winter sport but until the 1980s there were no unified rules or official status, though pan-Soviet competitions were organised.

The modern game of futsal was introduced in 1990 with the formation of a committee inside the Soviet Football Federation and subsequently the Russian Football Union (RFS). Before the dissolution of the USSR a league championship was held, won by MFC KSM-24 Moskva, with MFK Dina Moskva then gaining victory in a Commonwealth of Independent States competition in 1992.

On the international stage, Russia made their FIFA Futsal World Cup debut in 1992 and took the bronze medal four years later. They reached the final of the first European Futsal Tournament in 1996, and three years later turned the tables on Spain to claim the renamed UEFA European Futsal Championship in Granada on penalties after a superb performance by Konstantin Eremenko.

They also contested the 2005 final, losing to Spain, and made the last four in both 2007 and the 2008 World Cup, after which Oleg Ivanov stepped down as coach, replaced by Sergei Skorovich. The latter led them to the 2012 and 2014 finals, ending Spain's nine-year reign in the semis.

Main round: Latvia 5-0, Netherlands 3-0, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-1 (Group 1 winners)

Key players
Gustavo (goalkeeper), Aleksandr Fukin, Romulo

Coach: Sergei Skorovich

Qualifying top scorers
Danil Kutuzov, Dmitri Lyskov, Sergei Abramov 2

Tournament record
2014: Runners-up
2012: Runners-up
2010: Quarter-finals
2007: Third place
2005: Runners-up
2003: Group stage
2001: Third place (hosts)
1999: Winners
1996: Runners-up

Other honours
2008: UEFA European Under-21 Futsal Tournament winners (hosts)

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