Russia had quite a disastrous era when Fabio Capello was coach and perhaps the team can now look forward to a brighter future. Capello was never popular and he left his coach position three years ago. The thing is, Russia were stodgy for many years and have looked quite bright in the last couple of months under the successor Slutsky Leonid. Let’s see how this information can help with Russia Euro 2016 fixtures.
Not many people believe Russia can actually have a long stay at Euro 2016, especially after Alan Dzagoev has been injured. However, Russia have improved much since their performance at the World Cup. One of the good news for them is the squad which comprises of domestic-based players who know each other very well.
Russia have been regular qualifiers for EURO since the collapse of the Soviet Union. They have been the inaugural winners of the famous UEFA European Championship in 1960, and lucky runners-up in 1972, 1988 and 1964. What else can help you assess the best Russia Euro 2016 betting odds?
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The Soviet Union disappeared in late 1980s and since then Russia have been regular qualifiers for the 4-yearly European gathering, yet only once have they passed through the group stage. Russia managed to do that in 2008, when Guus Hiddink's side reached the semi-finals.
After the Soviet Union collapse, Russia have qualified for three FIFA World Cups – in 1994, 2002 and 2014. The EURO 2016 qualification was possible after Russia were runners-up in Group G. Their new coach Slutski Leonid drastically changed the team after replacing Capello.
When it was part of the Soviet Union, Russia won the inaugural competition back in 1960. A team which contained FC Spartak Moskova's Igor Netto and FC Dinamo Moskova goalkeeper Yashin Lev won against Yugoslavia 2-1 in the final match. Russia were then runners-up in 1964 and lost an amazing final to Germany in 1972. Another great match was against Netherlands in 1988 when Russia played with many Ukrainian players and lost 2-0.
Russia didn't repeat past glories since the disappearance of the Soviet Union, as they won one time in 9 finals games in 1996, 1992 and 2004. In 2012, Russia didn't make it through the group stage despite starting with a 4-1 defeat of the Czech Republic.
21st June 2008: Netherlands vs Russia 1-3, UEFA Euro 2008 ¼ finals – Arshavin Andrey inspired the Russian team to a staggering victory over the fancied Holland.
25th June 1988: Soviet Union – Netherlands 0-2, 1988 UEFA European Championship final – Igor Belanov's failure was equally important and impressive.
10th June 1960: Soviet Union Yugoslavia 2-1, 1960 inaugural UEFA European Championship final – The goal marked by Ponedelnik in extra-time marked the sole EURO title of Russia.
Will Russia survive without Dzagoev? We're talking about a key midfielder who plays for CSKA Moscow and has a broken foot. There can be worse news for Russia right now, as this player is quite the heartbeat of the team and produces brilliant effects.
It will be hard for the coach to find a more creative footballer and Oleg Shatov and Aleksandr Kokorin are now expected to play perfectly. Dzagoev will probably be replaced by Denis Glushakov, but while he is very competent, he just can't replace the injured player.