Russia National Football Team, World Cup 2018

Sports by Published on Updated on 05 Jun, 2018

The Russia national football team (Russian: ????????????? ???????? ??????? ?? ????????, natsionálnaya sbórnaya Rossii po futbólu) is controlled by the Russian Football Union (Russian: ?????????? ?????????? ????, Rossiyskiy Futbo?nyy Soyuz).

CAPTION: Russia, Logo SOURCE: besthqwallpapers

Representing Russia in association football, the Russian national squad has made 10 FIFA appearances and is the host country for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. FIFA has ranked the country in 65th position.

Stanislav Cherchesov, The Coach

The national team is managed by Russian head coach, Stanislav Cherchesov. Former international goalkeeper, Cherchesov was appointed as a head coach of the Russian national squad with a target of reaching semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup.

CAPTION: Stanislav Cherchesov SOURCE: BBC

Cherchesov started his managerial career in 2004 with Kufstein. He has managed other teams like Wacker Tirol, Spartak Moscow, Amkar Perm, Dynamo Moscow, and Legia Warsaw.

Achievements and Honors

As a Player

Spartak Moscow

  • Soviet Top League (2): 1987, 1989,
  • Russian Premier League (2): 1992, 1993
  • Soviet Cup (1): 1992
  • FC Tirol Insbruck
  • Bundesliga (3): 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2001–02


  • USSR's Best Goalkeeper of 1989 and 1990
  • Russia’s Best Goalkeeper of 1992
  • As a Manager
  • Legia Warsaw
  • Ekstraklasa (1): 2015–16
  • Polish Cup (1): 2015–16

Igor Akinfeev

Six times Russian titles winner, Igor Akinfeev is a Russian professional, currently plays as goalkeeper and captains for both the Russian national team and PFC CSKA Moscow. Making more than 500 official appearances, he has spent his entire career at CSKA.

CAPTION: Igor Akinfeev SOURCE: Sky Sports

Akinfeev won six Russian Premier League titles, and six Russian Cups, as well as the UEFA Cup in 2005. He has earned over 100 caps for his country.

Akinfeev has won a fifth 2013–14 Russian Premier League title. He overtook Lev Yashin as the goalkeeper on 14 May 2014, with the third-highest number of clean sheets in Russian football. He broke this clean sheet record with his 233rd career shutout in the Russia national football team's 1–0 victory over Portugal.

Achievements and Honors


CSKA Moscow

  • Russian Premier League (6): 2003, 2005, 2006, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2015–16
  • Russian Cup (6): 2004–05, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2012–13
  • Russian Super Cup (6): 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014
  • UEFA Cup (1): 2004–05


  • 2012–13 Russian Premier League Player of the Year
  • Baltic and Commonwealth of Independent States Footballer of the Year ("Star") by Sport-Express (2006)
  • The best young football player of Russian Premier League (2005)
  • List of 33 best football player of the Russian Championship: # 1 (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012/13, 2013/14); # 2 (2011/2012); # 3 (2004).
  • The best Russian goalkeeper according to Russian Football Union (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • The best young goalkeeper of Europe (2008)
  • Member of Lev Yashin Club
  • Russian CSKA Prize "Golden Horseshoe": one golden horseshoe (2010) and four silver horseshoe (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009)
  • Order of Friendship (2006)
  • Lev Yashin Prize "Goalkeeper of the year" (2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010)

Fyodor Smolov

Fyodor Smolov, a professional striker, currently plays for the national team and Krasnodar. He led the national squad to a 2-0 victory in the opening match of FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 at Krestovsky. He was honored as a Man of the Match of the game.

CAPTION: Fyodor Smolov SOURCE: RT News

Achievements and Honors


Dynamo Moscow

  • Russian Cup Runner-up: 2011–12
  • Anzhi Makhachkala
  • Russian Cup Runner-up: 2012–13


  • Russian Premier League top goalscorer: 2015–16, 2016–17
  • Footballer of the Year in Russia (Sport-Express): 2015-16

Here's the list of Russia's 23-man squad for the 2018 World Cup.

Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Club Brugge), Andrey Lunev (Zenit St Petersburg) Vladimir Granat, Fedor Kudryashov (both Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg), Mario Fernandes, Sergey Ignashevich (both CSKA Moscow) Yuri Gazinskiy (Krasnodar), Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Golovin (both CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev (all Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Zobnin, Aleksandr Samedov (both Spartak Moscow), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal) Artem Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexsey Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fedor Smolov (Krasnodar)

World Cup 2018

Russia has made 10 FIFA appearances to date. The team will be playing their first match against Saudi Arabia on June 14, 2018. They will play against Egypt and Uruguay in the further matches.

Russia has recently played many friendly matches with different countries. Russia won two friendly matches against Hungary and South Korea. The team tied to Belgium, Chile, Iran, and Spain, losing to Ivory Coast, Argentina, Brazil, and France.

Also look at this World Cup Schedule for more details about the match.