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UEFA EURO: Belgium - Russia Match press kits

UEFA EURO 2016Match press kits

BelgiumKing Baudouin Stadium - BrusselsThursday 21 March 2019 - 20.45CETGroup I - Matchday 1Russia
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
22/06/2014GS-FTBelgium - Russia1-0
Rio de JaneiroOrigi 88
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
14/06/2002GS-FTBelgium - Russia3-2
ShizuokaWalem 7, Sonck 78, Wilmots 82; Beschastnykh 52, Sychev 88
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
15/06/19861/8Belgium - USSR4-3
LeonScifo 56, Ceulemans 77, Demol 102 ET, Claesen 108 ET; Belanov 27, 69, 111 ET (P)
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
01/07/1982GS-FTBelgium - USSR0-1
BarcelonaHovhanisyan 48
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
06/06/1970GS-FTUSSR - Belgium4-1
Mexico CityByshovets 14, 63, Asatiani 57, Khmelnitskiy 75; Lambert 86
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal

* FIFA World Cup/FIFA Confederations Cup

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Squad list Only this chapter

Belgium - Squad list
Current season
-Simon Mignolet06/03/198831Liverpool - 0000
-Koen Casteels25/06/199226Wolfsburg - 0000
-Thibaut Courtois11/05/199226Real Madrid - 0000
-Thomas Vermaelen14/11/198533Barcelona - 0000
-Toby Alderweireld02/03/198930Tottenham - 0000
-Jan Vertonghen24/04/198731Tottenham - 0000
-Dedryck Boyata28/11/199028Celtic - 0000
-Brandon Mechele28/01/199326Club Brugge - 0000
-Timothy Castagne05/12/199523Atalanta - 0000
-Jason Denayer28/06/199523Lyon - 0000
-Eden Hazard07/01/199128Chelsea - 0000
-Thorgan Hazard29/03/199325Mönchengladbach - 0000
-Nacer Chadli02/08/198929Monaco - 0000
-Dennis Praet14/05/199424Sampdoria - 0000
-Leander Dendoncker15/04/199523Wolves - 0000
-Youri Tielemans07/05/199721Leicester - 0000
-Hans Vanaken24/08/199226Club Brugge - 0000
-Adnan Januzaj05/02/199524Real Sociedad - 0000
-Christian Benteke03/12/199028Crystal Palace - 0000
-Dries Mertens06/05/198731Napoli - 0000
-Michy Batshuayi02/10/199325Crystal Palace - 0000
-Yannick Carrasco04/09/199325Dalian Yifang - 0000
-Divock Origi18/04/199523Liverpool - 0000
-Roberto Martínez13/07/197345 - 0000
Russia - Squad list
Current season
-Guilherme12/12/198533Lokomotiv Moskva - 0000
-Anton Shunin27/01/198732Dinamo Moskva - 0000
-Andrei Lunev13/11/199127Zenit - 0000
-Kirill Nababkin08/09/198632CSKA Moskva - 0000
-Fedor Kudryashov05/04/198731İstanbul Başakşehir - 0000
-Georgi Schennikov27/04/199127CSKA Moskva - 0000
-Maksim Belyaev 30/09/199127Arsenal Tula - 0000
-Mário Fernandes19/09/199028CSKA Moskva - 0000
-Andrei Semenov24/03/198929Akhmat - 0000
-Georgi Dzhikiya21/11/199226Spartak Moskva - 0000
-Yuri Zhirkov20/08/198335Zenit - 0000
-Vladislav Ignatyev20/01/198732Lokomotiv Moskva - 0000
-Magomed Ozdoev05/11/199226Zenit - 0000
-Denis Cheryshev26/12/199028Valencia - 0000
-Aleksandr Golovin30/05/199622Monaco - 0000
-Anton Miranchuk17/10/199523Lokomotiv Moskva - 0000
-Yuri Gazinski20/07/198929Krasnodar - 0000
-Aleksei Miranchuk17/10/199523Lokomotiv Moskva - 0000
-Ilzat Akhmetov31/12/199721CSKA Moskva - 0000
-Daler Kuzyaev15/01/199326Zenit - 0000
-Artem Dzyuba22/08/198830Zenit - 0000
-Fedor Smolov09/02/199029Lokomotiv Moskva - 0000
-Fedor Chalov10/04/199820CSKA Moskva - 0000
-Stanislav Cherchesov02/09/196355 - 0000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Roberto Martínez

Date of birth: 13 July 1973
Nationality: Spanish
Playing career: Real Zaragoza, Balaguer, Wigan, Motherwell, Walsall, Swansea, Chester City
Coaching career: Swansea, Wigan, Everton, Belgium

• Born in Catalonia, Martínez started out at youth level with home-town club Balaguer before joining Zaragoza aged 16. The bulk of his three years there were spent in the youth and B teams, with a solitary appearance for the senior side before he returned to Balaguer in 1994, also running the club's football school.

• Moved to England and Wigan in 1995, forming the 'Three Amigos' with fellow Spaniards Jesús Seba and Isidro Díaz; over the next six years, helped the club win the third division title in 1997 and the Football League trophy two years later. A year with both Motherwell and Walsall preceded a lengthier spell at Swansea between 2003 and 2006, Martínez helping the club to promotion to the third tier. After a season with Chester, he returned to south Wales in 2007, initially as player-manager before quickly hanging up his boots.

• Guided Swansea to the League One championship in 2008 before leaving for Premier League Wigan the following year. Inspired an unlikely escape from relegation in 2011/12 and landed the Latics' first major trophy with victory against Manchester City FC in the FA Cup final 12 months later – although three days after that landmark triumph, Wigan were relegated.

• Martínez remained a man in demand and was appointed Everton manager in June 2013, steering the club to fifth place with their record Premier League points tally in his first term. Everton reached the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 16 and both domestic cup semi-finals in the next campaign, but indifferent league form meant Martínez was dismissed in May 2016.

• Appointed Belgium coach three months later in the wake of Marc Wilmots' departure and led the side to the semi-finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Belgium ultimately finishing third in Russia – their highest ever placing.


Stanislav Cherchesov

Date of birth: 2 September 1963
Nationality: Russian
Playing career: Spartak Ordzhonikidze, Spartak Moskva (four times), Lokomotiv Moskva, Dynamo Dresden, Tirol Innsbruck
Coaching career: Kufstein, Wacker Tirol, Spartak Moskva, Zhemchuzhina Sochi, Terek Grozny, Amkar Perm, Dinamo Moskva, Legia Warszawa, Russia

• Born in North Ossetia, goalkeeper Cherchesov captained Russia in their first international after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, against Mexico in 1992, and was selected for the 1994 and 2002 FIFA World Cups as well as EURO '96. At club level, Cherchesov was ever-present as Spartak finished the 1995/96 UEFA Champions League group stage with maximum points.

• After a spell in Austria, where he started his coaching career, Cherchesov rejoined Spartak in the summer of 2006 as sporting director. He replaced Vladimir Fedotov as coach in June 2007 and led the team to a second-place finish that season. Cherchesov parted company with Spartak after an 8-2 aggregate defeat against Dynamo Kyiv in the 2008/09 UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. 

• After a brief stint at second-tier Zhemchuzhina Sochi, Cherchesov coached Terek from 2011 to 2013, guiding them to eighth in the Russian Premier-Liga in the latter season – the highest finish in their history. He took charge of Amkar Perm in June 2013 but left the following April for Dinamo Moskva.

• Under Cherchesov, Dinamo won all six of their group matches in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League group stage, losing to Napoli in the round of 16. The capital outift finished fourth in the Premier-Liga that campaign and Cherchesov was soon dismissed.

• Cherchesov was appointed by Legia less than three months later, his sole season at the helm yielding the domestic double for the Warsaw club in their centenary year. On 11 August 2016, Cherchesov was announced as Russia coach and unexpectedly led the team to the 2018 World Cup quarter-finals on home soil, the highlight a shoot-out defeat of Spain in the round of 16.


Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeOvidiu Haţegan (ROU)
  • Assistant refereesOctavian Șovre (ROU) , Sebastian Gheorghe (ROU)
  • Fourth officialSebastian Colţescu (ROU)
  • UEFA DelegateYariv Teper (ISR)
  • UEFA Referee observerMiroslav Liba (CZE)


NameDate of birthUEFA EURO matchesUEFA matches
Ovidiu Haţegan14/07/1980788

UEFA European Championship matches featuring the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
16/02/2012UELR32FC Lokomotiv MoskvaAthletic Club2-1Moscow
01/08/2012UCL3QRFC KøbenhavnClub Brugge0-0Copenhagen
30/08/2012UELPOPFC CSKA MoskvaAIK0-2Moscow
12/10/2012U21POCzech RepublicRussia0-2Jablonec nad Nisou
21/02/2013UELR32FC RubinClub Atlético de Madrid0-1Moscow
22/08/2013UELPOFC St GallenFC Spartak Moskva1-1St Gallen
23/10/2013UCLGSPFC CSKA MoskvaManchester City FC1-2Khimki
28/08/2014UELPOHull City AFCKSC Lokeren OV2-1Hull
08/03/2018UELR16RB LeipzigFC Zenit2-1Leipzig
02/10/2018UCLGSPFC CSKA MoskvaReal Madrid CF1-0Moscow

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group I - Group Standings
    San Marino0000000
  • (24/03/2019)
  • (08/06/2019)
  • (11/06/2019)
  • (06/09/2019)
    San Marino-Belgium
  • (09/09/2019)
  • (10/10/2019)
    Belgium-San Marino
  • (13/10/2019)
  • (16/11/2019)
  • (19/11/2019)


  • Final tournament - Qualifying round
    Group I - Group Standings
    San Marino0000000
  • (24/03/2019)
  • (08/06/2019)
    Russia-San Marino
  • (11/06/2019)
  • (06/09/2019)
  • (09/09/2019)
  • (10/10/2019)
  • (13/10/2019)
  • (16/11/2019)
  • (19/11/2019)
    San Marino-Russia

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:: Previous meetings

Goals for/against: Goal totals include the outcome of disciplinary decisions (e.g. match forfeits when a 3-0 result is determined). Goals totals do not include goals scored during a penalty shoot-out after a tie ended in a draw

:: Squad list

Qual.: Total European Qualifiers appearances/goals for UEFA EURO 2016 only.
FT: Total UEFA EURO 2016 appearances/goals in final tournament only.
Overall: Total international appearances/goals.
DoB: Date of birth
Age: Based on the date press kit was last updated
D: Disciplinary (*: misses next match if booked, S: suspended)

:: Team facts

EURO finals:
The UEFA European Championship was a four-team event in 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976 (when the preliminary round and quarter-finals were considered part of qualifying).

From 1980 it was expanded to an eight-team finals and remained in that format in 1984, 1988 and 1992 until 1996, when the 16-team format was adopted. UEFA EURO 2016 is the first tournament to be played as a 24-team finals.

Records of inactive countries
A number of UEFA associations have been affected by dissolution or splits of member associations. For statistical purposes, the records of these inactive countries have been allocated elsewhere: therefore, all Soviet Union matches are awarded to Russia; all West Germany – but not East Germany – matches are awarded to Germany; all Yugoslavia and Serbia & Montenegro matches are awarded to Serbia; all Czechoslovakia matches are allocated to both the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Abandoned/forfeited matches
For statisical purposes, when a match has been started and then abandoned but later forfeited, the result on the pitch at the time of abandonment is counted. Matches that never started and were either cancelled or forfeited are not included in the overall statistics.


Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable
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