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England went into this game against Russia as the favourites to win after a shock defeat to Spain. Russia, who are the lowest ranked team in the competition, have never got out of the group at the Euros and certainly weren’t expected to change that this tournament.
In Russia’s first game, they performed poorly against a good France team who are one of the contenders to go all the way. Russia lost 3-1 and got exactly what they deserved.
For the first quarter of the game, the three lionesses were on top …

It’s amazing how in the course of a 90 minute game, a faint hope, a lingering dream can be either realised or crushed. The Russian national football team walked into their match with Greece favourites to progress from Group A. 2 hours later, they left Warsaw defeated, and more importantly, eliminated from Euro 2012 purely due to the fact that Greece won. A lack of discipline ultimately proved to be the decisive factor, and a solitary goal against the run of play was enough to seal the Russians fate.
The first …

This writer has a confession to make:
For all of you who have read my first three blogs about Greece, you may very well have concluded that I was expecting to write a final piece today, that ended my brief reporting career for Euro12. My introduction indeed sent out that message, as I predicted my new role might last about eight days, eight years after this teams most memorable achievement. The theme of the blogs is about a tragedy, so you would have been forgiven for thinking that this writer had …

It’s safe to say that when I was allocated Russia to write about, I had no idea what it was I was getting myself into. Providing the more entertaining game of the first night of action with a doninant 4-1 win over the Czech, then their fans making themselves well and truly known for the wrong reasons outside the stadiums, the Russians have provided football fans with plenty to read about, and me plenty to write about. This appears to have reached a peak last night, with fireworks erupting both …

Russia began their Euro 2012 campaign in remarkable fashion last night, emerging from a quiet first 10 minutes to run riot over a bewildered Czech Republic team in Wroclaw. Viewers were treated to a fluid and beautiful display of Attacking football by the Russians, putting to rest many fears that they would repeat any previous underperformances during major tournaments, as well as giving valuable insight into just how Russia are strategising over the next month.
The Czech dominated the first 10 minutes of the game, keeping Russia well and truly on …

Well well well… Russia are, to say the least, a team you can never be sure of. After making themselves truly known with an extremely valiant performance at Euro 2008, where they were knocked out in the semi-finals to eventual winners Spain. They failed however to qualify for the 2010 world cup, after falling at the final Slovenian-built hurdle. A strong qualifying campaign, combined with a resurgence in the strength of their domestic league, could give the Russian team fresh hope going into the tournament, as they walk out onto …

 

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Slovenia reached the 2010 World Cup finals this evening but at the expense of a nine men Russia. A 44th minute goal on a dramatic night in Maribor sealed Slovenia’s place. The Bochum striker taped the ball in from Valter Birsa’s cross minutes before half-time in what proved to be the game’s only goal to spark jubilant scenes at the Gradski Vrt stadium involving two sending offs. The first sending off, which was in the sixty sixth minute, was handed to Aleksandr Kerzhakov for an outrageous tackle. The second was …

“For one of our players to get hurt would be catastrophic.”
With key back to back qualifying matches against Brazil and Paraguay in September, it is no surprise that Diego Maradona is apprehensive about his team’s friendly match with Russia on Wednesday. Normally, you find international managers appreciate the oddly timed friendlies as it gives them the chance to prepare and experiment with their team selection. However, in this case, Maradona has unsurprisingly questioned the logical thinking of staging a possibly injury threatening encounter before two games that will go a long way …

Russia fired Germany a stark warning last night that first place in the group is no formality, as they regained their merciless attacking essence in a 3-0 decimation of Finland in Helsinki.
Line Up’s
For Russia, Guus Hiddink exercised his ruthless managerial muscle to remove the defective Roman Pavlyuchenko from the starting eleven. The Dutch tactician – taking the reigns for the first time since his interim spell at Chelsea – recalled Dinamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kherzakov to fill the void left by the £14m Spurs man.
The Russian coach will have vehemently expressed the importance of regaining a …

Having played out an unconvincing 1-0 victory against a poor Liechtenstein side last time out, Guus Hiddink will be looking for a vast improvement in his sides performance as Russia travel to Helsinki to take on Finland tonight.
The Sbornaja know that a win would have them snapping at the heels of Group 4 leaders Germany, whilst victory for Stuart Baxters’ Scandanavian side would see them leapfrog the Russians into second place, and stand them in good stead of qualifying for the first major tournament in their glory deprived history.
Key Men
The …