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Euro 2012 Spotlight - Russia
Footytubeblog (Blog) 4 years ago

FIFA World Ranking

Tournament Odds

Key Players
Alan Dzagoev – MF – 18 Caps, 4 Goals
Andrei Arshavin – MF - 68 Caps, 17 Goals
Roman Pavlyuchenko – ST – 45 Caps, 20 Goals

Team Rating

A: Poland, Greece, Czech Republic, Russia

Notable Facts
  • Beat Holland to reach the semi-final at Euro 2008.

  • Won their qualifying group conceding just 4 goals, only Italy conceded fewer in qualifying.

  • 3 of their top 4 all time scorers are in the Euro 2012 squad.

Russia’s Chances
The Russian’s may not be in many people’s considerations as tournament winners but a decent looking team who qualified well and showed strengths at both ends of the pitch have found themselves in the simplest of the 4 groups and have a decent shot at being a dark horse.

Given that they would meet the runner up of Group B (so likely to be Holland, Germany or Portugal) in the Quarter final, they are likely to end their participation there, but with a bit of luck could go even further.

Their ranking of 11th in the world may surprise a few people but it is a fair reflection of their achievements, they’ve reached the semi-final stage in in 2008 where they qualified from a tough group by beating Sweden and Greece with clean sheets. They then went on to knock Holland out in the quarter finals before succumbing to eventual winners Spain.

Russia narrowly missed out in qualifying for the 2006 World Cup on goal difference, after drawing their final group game with Slovakia. They also missed out in 2010, again by the smallest of margins, this time loosing on the away goal rule in their play-off game against Slovenia.

They qualified top of their group for Euro 2012 and although this was one of the easier groups the Russian team conceded just 4 goals in 10 games, only Italy concede fewer in qualifying. They also got a healthy return of goals which gives them a unique advantage in Group A and should lead to comfortable qualification.

The team includes a manager in Dick Advocat, with a world class reputation, and can boast a number of top players throughout the team, one or two of whom may well make their name at this tournament. The likely contender in that category is CSKA Moscow's Alan Dzagoev, he was Russia’s leading scorer in qualifying and is one of the best young products currently in the Russian league, though he does remain untested at the very highest levels.

Whilst many of the more experienced players are now back home playing for the top sides in the ever improving Russian league, quite a few have had long careers in more established leagues. If more than one from the likes of Arshavin, Aleksandr Kerzhakov, Roman Pavlyuchenko, Yuri Zhirkov, Andrei Arshavin and world class goal keeper Igor Akinfeev have a good tournament the Russians will easily win their group and could go further than many people think.

“Araz Index”
Chance of qualifying from Group: 70%
Predicted Knock Out Stage: Quarter Finals

“Matt Index”
Chance of qualifying from Group: 90%
Predicted Knock Out Stage: Semi Finals

Matt's Possibly True Trivia

  • In 2000 after failing to qualify for the Euros the Russian team did not waste their summer as they went on to lift the Team Scrabble World Championship.

  • When a player retires from international football in Russia he is given a rifle and a flask of water, taken to the remote wilderness where he has to survive for 3 years before being allowed to apply for managerial or punditry jobs.

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Jimmybreeze (Manchester United) 4 years ago
Quarters if they're lucky
Greengorilla1 (Manchester United) 4 years ago
In which they'll get crushed by Germany or Holland
Forrrza (Juventus) 4 years ago
"They’ve reached the semi-final stage in two of the last 4 European Championships"
Yes, they played in semis in 2008. Which one is the other one?
Euro 2004 - lost the group stage
Euro 2000 - didn't participate
Euro 1996 - lost the group stage
Euro 1992 - lost the group stage as CIS

It's only in 1988 that they made it to the final as part of the USSR. Here, Ukraine (and some other republics) should be given credit for that one too!
Matt (Footytube Staff) 4 years ago
Looks like we need to give you a job
SKool (Arsenal) 4 years ago
I was really impressed with them in the 2008 euros upon reaching the semis, with Pavlyuchenko and Arshavin being key players in that period. Expecting something similar this Summer.
Proactivefan (Newcastle United) 4 years ago
But when we won't count the matches in qualification with the weak side of Andorra, then the Russians have scored only 9 goals in 8 matches.
When we count them, then it is a better G. D. - I'm not sure but it's probably: 17-4, so 17 goals in 10 matches
Raynor (Sporting CP Lisbon) 4 years ago
I'm very happy that Izmailov is in the team, finally after so many injuries, he is going to get his big chance to shine!
Rezatnt (Barcelona) 4 years ago
Russia....    Zenit midfields, CSKA defenses, really decent team, good strikers....    Reamin to see. I like them
Fiasc0 (Eintracht Braunschweig) 4 years ago
Pretty pool for my Df-team. Hope they´ll reach semifinals
Whiplasher2 (Bayern München) 4 years ago
Russia is a quality team, I was so shocked they did not qualify for the 2010 worldcup after their success in the 2008 Euro. They have a very talented, young group of players, such as Dzagoev, who all work hard. Look for Arshavin and Pavlyuchenko to lead the squad in terms of playing by example and fueling the squad with confidence and passion
Vahob (Arsenal) 4 years ago
Dzagoev Izmailov and Arshavin!

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