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EURO competitors: Russia

euro contenders: russia

EURO pedigree

Previous final tournaments: 11 (5 as USSR, 1 as CIS)
EURO best: winners (1960)

The Soviet team of legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin&#39 won the first European Nations Cup&#39 in 1960, but it remains their only success. While the USSR finished second three more times, Guus Hiddink led Russia to the semi-finals in 2008-#39, where they defeated the Netherlands 3-1 in the quarter-finals.

All Russia's goals on the road to EURO 2020

All targets of Russia&#39 on the way to EURO 2020

Key players

Artem Dzyuba (47 caps, 26 goals)
The rising forward had to wait until he turned 27 to become a regular of Russia&#39. Shortly after the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where Dzyuba&#39 scored three goals and helped the team reach the quarter-finals, he took over the captain's armband following the international retirement of Igor Akinfeev&#39. The now 32-year-old Zenit striker is still leading Russia's attack in terms of goals, assists and tie-in games.

Mario Fernandes (25 caps, 3 goals)
The Brazilian-born defender, who is in his ninth season at CSKA Moskva and qualified for Russia in 2017, made an immediate impact in the right-back slot for the national side. Fernandes is both solid at the rear and irreplaceable when driving forward. He spent extra time against Croatia, leading Russia's 2018 World Cup quarter-finals to penalties.

Unforgettable EURO goals

Watch Ponedelnik head USSR to 1960 glory

Watch Ponedelnik&#39 progress from the USSR&#39 to 1960 glory

• The 1960 final took place in 1-1 deep overtime with the highest rise in Yugoslavia until Viktor Ponedelnik's first winning goal in the EURO final history from USSR&#39.

• Dmitri Torbinski is warmly remembered by Russian fans for his extra-time strike, which he beat Dutch Edwin van der Sar&#39 in the UEFA EURO 2008 quarter-finals.

• Russia made a stunning start to UEFA EURO 2012/#39, with the Czech Republic&#39 tamed 4-1. Roman Pavlyuchenko&#39's final goal was particularly striking, showing superior skills to swing from the left onto the field ahead and shoot into the top corner.

memorable moments

Kirichenko scores fastest ever EURO goal

Kirichenko scores the fastest ever EURO goal

• USSR&#39's appearance in the 1988 final was a landmark moment – the last time they reached the final – but they only hit the stage when Rinat Dasaev accepted one of the game's biggest goals. Dutch headliner Marco van Basten&#39's volley from an extraordinarily narrow angle after 54 minutes won 2-0 for Oranje.

• Dmitri Kirichenko scored a goal after just 67 seconds against Greece, the eventual UEFA EURO 2004 champions in Russia&#39's 2-1 group stage. His strike remains the fastest in a EURO final.

• The victory over the Netherlands in 2008&#39 is still considered one of the best results in its history in Russia&#39. Torbinski, joyful teammates, Andrey Arshavin's signature 'silence' goal celebration and under the emotional cries of TV commentators – all these moments instantly became iconic in Russian football culture.

UEFA.tv: Arshavin EURO masterclass


Statistics

Russia stun the Dutch in 2008

Russia stunned the Dutch in 2008'

Latest tournament appearances
10 : Sergei Ignashevish
9 : Alexander Anyukov
8 : Igor Akinfeev, Oleksiy Mykhailychenko, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Yuri Zhirkov

Most final tournament goals
4 : Roman Pavlyuchenko
3 : Alan Dzagoev, Valentin Ivanov, Viktor Ponedelnik
2 : Andrey Arshavin, Oleh Protasov

Killer status : Russia / CIS have participated in six EURO finals since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but only made it through the group stage once.

Do you know?

• Russia scored three goals in the EURO '96 match against Czech Republic' however, the result could have been worse for them than the last 3-3 scoreline as Stanislav Cherchesov saw the ball hit the post three times and the bar once. No team has been saved more than four times within the goal frame in a EURO final match.

• Currently the head coach of Russia, Cherchesov won eight caps in the USSR, two caps in the CIS, and 39 caps in Russia as a goalkeeper.

• Alan Dzagoev scored three goals in UEFA EURO 2012&#39 and became the tournament's top scorer along with five other players.

UEFA.tv: Great Russia EURO goals

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