Russia

Euro 2012 Teams: Russia
  • Russia - Euro 2012Russia
  • Manager: Dick Advocaat
  • Best Finish: Winners 1960 (Soviet Union)
  • No of Appearances: 9

General Information

With nine previous European Championship appearances to their name, Russia can boast an extremely healthy record on the continent.

 

They won the title all the way back in 1960 as the former Soviet Union and have regularly been a force ever since, as demonstrated by their semi-final showing four years ago at Euro 2008.

 

It was no disgrace for the Russians that they only found champions Spain too good on that occasion following a superb quarter-final beating of Holland against the odds.

 

And progress through to the latter stages of the tournament this time around may well be anticipated after being paired with Czech Republic, Greece and co-hosts Poland in a weak Group A.

Chances

Russia should relish the atmosphere and conditions in Poland where they will play all of three of their group fixtures.

 

The opening match against Czech Republic could prove pivotal, however if the spoils are shared it is easy to envisage both of those nations stepping forward to the last eight.

 

But with the likes of Germany, Holland and Portugal potentially waiting in the quarters, Russia will have it all to do and a tie with any of those countries will be a massive test for Dick Advocaat’s side which arguably lacks the strength in depth and overall quality to go any further.

Key Player: Pavel Pogrebnyiak

Hitman Pogrebnyiak has been flying for Fulham in the Premier League this season and will be Russia’s form striker heading to the finals. He will be looking to sustain a strong partnership with either Roman Pavlyuchenko or Aleksandr Kerzakhov.

TitanBet Prediction

Quarter-Finals - Like the Czech Republic, Russia appear a cast iron bet to reach the quarters however it is difficult to foresee an outright winner emerging from a clearly weak Group A. Regardless of whether Advocaat’s men progress as group winners or runners-up, an acid test will await in the quarters and a big step up will be required to prevent elimination.

Did You Know:

Despite winning the tournament in 1960 and finishing as runners-up on three occasions, Russia have lost as many games as they have won at the finals overall.