Russia has been playing top level football for quite sometime, and they are one of the good teams from the 2nd string European sides, they do have a solid fan base, domestic league and ofcourse they can be very dangerous on any give day as they showed in the Euro 2008 when they managed to get into the semfinals by beating Holland.
Here is a quick look at their team, the matches they will be playing in the Group and of course their past history in big events and some other facts and figures.
Best Euros Result: Winners (1960)
Top Goa Scorer: Vladimir Beschastnykh (26 goals)
Most Games by a player: Viktor Onopko (109 caps 92-04)
Current Coach: Dick Advocaat (Dutch)
Captain: Andrey Arshavin
Russia’s Group Matches Fixtures:
Russia vs Czech Republic
Friday, June 8, 2012 (20:45 CET in Wroclaw)
Russia vs Poland
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 (20:45 CET in Warsaw)
Russia vs Greece
Saturday, June 16, 2012 (20:45 CET in Warsaw)
Possible Russian Squad For Euro 2012 Squad:
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vyacheslav Malafeev (Zenit)
Defenders: Alexander Anyukov (Zenit), Alexei Berezutsky, Vasily Berezutsky, Sergei Ignashevich (all CSKA Moscow), Yuri Zhirkov (Anzhi Makhachkala), Roman Shishkin (Lokomotiv Moscow).
Midfielders: Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Dmitry Kombarov (both Spartak Moscow), Denis Glushakov (Lokomotiv), Igor Denisov, Konstantin Zyryanov, Roman Shirokov (all Zenit); Alan Dzagoev (CSKA); Igor Semshov (Dynamo Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Dynamo Moscow).
Forwards: Andrey Arshavin (Zenit); Alexander Kokorin (Dynamo); Roman Pavlyuchenko (Lokomotiv); Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit); Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham).