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The Russian national football team represents Russia in international football and is supported by the Russian Football Union. Russia's home stadium is the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and its current head coach Stanislav Tchertschow.
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Although Russia has been a member of FIFA since 1912, Russia did not take part in the FIFA World Cup until 1958. It qualified eleven times for the tournament and finished in 1966 the best fourth place. Russia has been a member of UEFA since 1954 and won the first European Championship in 1960 and became vice-champion in 1964, 1972 and 1988 as the Soviet Union (of which Russia is the successor). Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union was Russia's best result in 2008, when the team won bronze medals.
On December 2, 2010, Russia was selected as the venue for the 2018 World Cup and automatically qualified for the tournament. During the friendlies before the tournament, Russia had no good results. The team lost more games than they won and their FIFA ranking dropped to 70th place, the lowest among all World Cup participants. Russia played in the group stage against Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay.
Despite a string of bad results in warm-up games, Russia began their World Cup campaign with a 5-0 demolition of Saudi Arabia, who were three places above them in the ranking, on 14 June in the opening match of 2018 FIFA world Championship. Russia won their second group stage game on 19 June, defeating Egypt 3-1. The goal difference was only two games and thus +7. The victory over Egypt secured Russia for the first time since 1986, when it played as a Soviet Union, the move into the second round. and for the first time in its history as an independent state. They officially qualified for the knockout round the following day following Uruguay's 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia. Russia's last group game took place against the two-time world champion (1930 and 1950) and the powerhouse Uruguay. Russia lost 3-0, which meant it took second place in the group.
Russia entered the round of 16 in Moscow against Spain. Spain was considered one of the tournament favorites with many seasoned players at club level and internationally, having won the 2010 edition. Russia has managed to surprise Spain in one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history. beat them in a penalty shootout after the match ended 1-1 in regular time. BBC Sport and The Guardian described this as one of the biggest tournament surprises, considering that Russia was the lowest ranked team before the competition and was arguably the worst team in the competition. Coach Stanislav Cherchesov sat down against the Spaniards, who were known for their Tiki-Taka, a defensive 5-3-1-1 formation to sit deep and defend with 10 men kick-set-piece, while Russia's game made a draw. Igor Akinfeev, who saved two penalties, including a parade against Spaniard Iago Aspas, was voted Budweiser Man of the Match. The victory over Spain sent the supporters and inhabitants of Russia into wild festivals when they reached the quarter-finals for the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Game TV commentator Denis Kazansky said: "From day one, we did not expect much from our team, and then it was all about winning the thing, and what we've seen is a significant shift in people's attitudes and behavior History of Russian football. "
Russia football fans at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Russia then played the quarter-final against Croatia in Sochi on 7 July. Coach Stanislav Cherchesov returned to a 4-man defense, which successfully used the offensive of Croatia, which proved to be vulnerable to a counterattack in Russia. Russia scored first (a spectacular strike by Denis Cheryshev, who was his fourth goal of the tournament and was later nominated for the Puskas Award) and finally (a Mário Fernandes header in the 115th minute) when the game was extended to 2: 2. 2 ended and then eliminated on penalties with 3: 4. Nevertheless, this is Russia's best performance since the dissolution of the USSR. The team visited the FIFA Fanfest in Moscow on Sunday, July 8, 2018, to thank the fans and say goodbye. After the World Cup Russia's position in the FIFA rankings rose from 70 to 40.
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