Russian national football team


January 24, 2022

The Russian national football team is a team that represents Russia in international football competitions. Managed by the Russian Football Union - the main governing football body of the country, which has been a member of FIFA since 1912, UEFA - since 1954. The Russian national team is recognized by FIFA as the legal successor of the national teams of the Russian Empire, the RSFSR, the USSR and the CIS. However, for a number of reasons, the achievements and performance statistics of the Russian team since 1992 are usually considered separately from the USSR team. The Russian team is a participant in four world championships (1994, 2002, 2014, 2018 as a hostess) and six European championships (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020). As the host of the tournament, the national team also participated in the 2017 Confederations Cup. The highest achievements are the 3rd place shared with Turkey at the European Championship 2008 and 1/4 finals at the 2018 World Championship. Sergey Ignashevich played the most matches for the national team - 126 (8); the best scorers of the national team are Artyom Dzyuba and Alexander Kerzhakov (30 goals). The head coach of the national team is Valery Karpin, who was appointed to this position on July 23, 2021. As of November 19, 2021, the Russian team is 34th in the FIFA rankings, and 24th in the UEFA rankings.

Brief history of the national team

The Russian football team has more than a century of history of performances at the Olympic Games, World and European Championships. On August 22, 1911, the national football team of the Russian Empire played its first international match, which bore the rank of a friendly with the England team. This match was not included in the registers of the Russian Football Union and the International Football Federation - the list of official matches of the Russian national team. The national team first appeared at the V Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm in 1912. In the competition, the team played two matches, losing in the first of them to the team of the Grand Duchy of Finland in the 1/4 finals with a score of 1: 2, and then in the so-called "consolation" tournament, Russia suffered its most devastating defeat in history, losing to the German team with a score 0:16. Over the next two years, Russia played several official games with Scandinavian teams and did not win a single victory. However, as the Moscow team, Russia won a major victory over the Norwegian team in 1913.

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