In the Russia: Euro 2016 team preview, we look ahead to this summer’s competition and share their schedule and roster, as well as predicting how far they’ll advance in the European Championships.
Russia: Euro 2016 team preview:
Manager: Leonid Slutsky
Captain: Roman Shirokov
Russia: Euro 2016 team preview: Fixtures:
Saturday, June 11
Wednesday, June 15
Monday, June 20
Russia: Euro 2016 team preview: Squad:
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moscow), Yuri Lodygin (Zenit St. Petersburg)
Defenders: Alexei Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Vasily Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Roman Neustadter (Schalke), Georgy Shchennikov (CSKA Moscow), Roman Shishkin (Lokomotiv Moscow), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St Petersburg)
Midfielders: Igor Denisov (Dynamo Moscow), Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Oleg Ivanov (Terek Grozny), Pavel Mamaev (Krasnodar), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Oleg Shatov (Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Shirokov (CSKA Moscow), Dmitri Torbinski (Krasnodar)
Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexander Kokorin (Zenit St Petersburg), Fyodor Smolov (Krasnodar)
Russia: Euro 2016 team preview: Overview:
After some sterile football and underwhelming results earlier in qualifying under Fabio Capello, the Italian’s sacking paved the way for a much more exciting finish to the campaign under Slutsky.
The former CSKA Moscow coach helped Russia to four consecutive wins to book their spot in the finals. Slutsky has always been highly regarded in his homeland and the impetus the national team played with in those last four matches has left many feeling positive about their chances.
Attacking wise, they have a lot of options. The midfield of Roman Shirokov and Igor Denisov adaptable in the way they approach games and in Artem Dzyuba, they have a forward who has shown what he’s capable of for both Zenit St Petersburg on both the domestic front and in the Champions League. The absence of main creator Alan Dzagoev is a huge blow, though.
What Slutsky could struggle with is the defensive side of this team. There are some familiar faces in the back line in Sergei Ignashevich and Vasil Berezutski, who are both solid and experienced defenders. However, the prospect of pacey players like Gareth Bale or Jamie Vardy isolating them in the group stages will be a big concern.