2018 FIFA World Cup- Russia Profile



2018 Hosts Russia will be aiming to qualify for the round of 16. However, it could be an uphill battle for the side who lack any big name players. The host nation will be counting on rowdy home support to will the team on and have the potential to surprise in the tournament. 


  • Russian striker Oleg Salenko has scored the most goals of any player in a World Cup match. The striker scored 5 in a group game against Cameroon in 1994. 

  • Russia has failed to progress past the group stage since the breakup of the Soviet Union

  • Russia will take part in the opening game for the first time in their history when they take on Saudi Arabia on the 14th of June

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  • Formation- 1912

  • President- Vitaly Mutko

  • Website-https://www.rfs.ru

  • FIFA Ranking- 65

  • World Cup Appearances- 10 

How did they qualify? 

Russia Qualified for the World Cup as the host country



USSR goalkeeper Stanislav Cherchesov has represented his country at two World Cups in 1994 & 2002. The former Legia Warsaw & Dynamo Moscow coach took charge of the national team in 2016 and led the Russians in their first ever Confederations Cup on home soil in 2017. 

Star Man

Igor Akinfeev

Russian stopper Akinfeev will be Russia's number one for the tournament, and the national team captain. The vastly experienced keeper has won six league titles with CSKA Moscow and has over 100 caps for his country. 

Preparation (2018 matches)

  1. Russia 3 Spain 3

  2. Russia 0 Brazil 3

  3. Russia 1 France 3

  4. Austria 1 Russia 0

  5. Russia 1 Turkey 1

World Cup History


Russia has made ten appearances at the World Cup down the years. With the most recent coming at the 2014 tournament in Brazil. Their best ever performance came in 1966 with a fourth-place finish. 

Group stage schedule


6/14 Russia Vs Saudi Arabia

 18:00 pm

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6/19 Russia Vs Egypt

21:00 pm


 6/25 Uruguay Vs Russia

 17:00 pm


Squad list


Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Club Brugge), Andrey Lunev (Zenit St Petersburg).

Defenders: Vladimir Granat, Fedor Kudryashov (both Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrey Semenov (Akhmat Grozny), Sergei Ignashevich, Mario Fernandes (both CSKA Moscow), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg).

Midfielders: Yuri Gazinskiy (Krasnodar), Alexsandr Golovin, Alan Dzagoev (both CSKA Moscow), Aleksandr Erokhin, Yuri Zhirkov, Daler Kuzyaev (all Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Zobnin, Alexsandr Samedov (both Spartak Moscow), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal).

Forwards: Artem Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Aleksey Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fedor Smolov (Krasnodar).