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  26 Mar International Friendlies Russia - Lithuania - 3:0
  29 Mar International Friendlies France - Russia - 4:2
  1 Jun International Friendlies Czech Republic - Russia - 2:1
  5 Jun International Friendlies Serbia - Russia - 1:1
  11 Jun Euro 2016 - Group B England - Russia - 1:1
  15 Jun Euro 2016 - Group B Slovakia - Russia - 2:1
  20 Jun Euro 2016 - Group B Wales - Russia - 3:0
       

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15.06.2016
Slovakia beat Russia 2-1 as Marek Hamsik lights up Lille
Marek Hamsik was the star of the show as Slovakia beat Russia 2-1 in Lille to leapfrog England in Group B.
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12.06.2016
"Bitter pill' for Hodgson as Russia hold England
England coach Roy Hodgson said he was "bitterly disappointed" after a late leveller by Russia captain Vasili Berezutski ended his side's hopes of a perfect start to their Euro 2016 campaign on Saturday.
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12.06.2016
Russia quietly aglow after making their point
"It is good that we managed to level it up at the end," said Vasili Berezutski coolly; Richard van Poortvliet found Russia quietly exuberant as he flew home with the team.
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11.06.2016
From Russia with laughs
Leonid Slutski's biographer is the man that knows the Russian team better than most.
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10.06.2016
Russia's Roman Shirokov: England are favourites but we have talent to triumph
The veteran Russia captain says England's opening Euro 2016 opponents are a more attacking force under the coaching of Leonid Slutsky and plays down the potential volatility of a possible meeting with Ukraine.
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08.06.2016
Leonid Slutski puts Russia through their paces ahead of Euro 2016 showdown against England
UEFA require each of the 24 finalists to have one of their pre-tournament sessions accessible for the general public and England's version on Tuesday in Chantilly turned into something of a circus.
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06.06.2016
Artur Yusupov called up by Russia after staying in same hotel as squad while on holiday
Artur Yusupov, the Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder, has been called up to Russia's Euro 2016 squad after staying in the same Monaco hotel while on holiday.
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06.06.2016
Igor Denisov ruled out of Euro 2016 as Russia's injury problems mount
Russia midfielder Igor Denisov will miss the European Championship after he suffered an injury in the Sunday's 1-1 friendly draw with Serbia.
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05.06.2016
Russia-Serbia friendly ends in 1-1 tie
Russia's national football team ended its friendly with Serbia played as part of preparations for the UEFA Euro 2016 Monaco's Louis II stadium on Sunday in a 1-1 tie.
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05.06.2016
Russia to play friendly match with Serbia
The Russian national football team will play a match against Serbia as part of preparations for the UEFA Euro 2016. The teams will meet at Louis II stadium in Monaco.
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02.06.2016
Russian football team's captain practising under individual program
Roman Shirokov, the captain of the Russian national football squad, is training outside the team under an individual program due to an earlier sustained hip injury.
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01.05.2016
Russian national football team loses to Czech Republic in friendly match
Russia's national team has lost to the Czech Republic 1-2 in a friendly match within the framework of preparation for the 2016 UEFA European Championship. Footballer Roman Neustadter, who got Russian citizenship May 25, held his first match for the national team.
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30.05.2016
Neustadter gets Russian passport ahead of Euro 2016
Footballer Roman Neustadter has officially become a Russian citizen after collecting his passport from his new country's embassy in Bonn, Germany - meaning he can be included in Russia's Euro 2016 squad.
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27.05.2016
Russia coach spotlight - Leonid Slutsky
A manager who was forced to retire after sustaining a knee injury at only 19, Leonid Slutsky is someone who has been bred through Russian football. Born in the former USSR in 1971, Slutsky has spent his entire career both on and off the field in Russia, and with the Euros being his first real chance to showcase his talent on a continental stage, there is no doubt he will be looking to take it with both hands.
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25.05.2016
Neustadter gets green light for Russia Euro 2016 selection
Russia coach Leonid Slutsky will have Roman Neustadter available for Euro 2016, with the midfielder given a passport this week. Roman Neustadter's spot in Russia's Euro 2016 squad can be locked in after the Schalke midfielder gained citizenship on Wednesday.
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23.05.2016
Dzagoev out of Russia squad for Euro 2016
Dmitri Torbinski has been called up to replace Alan Dzagoev in Russia's squad for Euro 2016 after the CSKA Moscow star suffered an injury. Russia playmaker Alan Dzagoev has been forced to pull out of the squad for Euro 2016 due to a foot injury.
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22.05.2016
Euro 2016 team preview: Russia must turn potential into performances
Russia's track record of falling short on the big stage tempers any optimism. The team's semifinal appearance at Euro 2008 was its only journey past the group stage of a European Championship, and while they will be expected to reach the Round of 16, few will hold significant hope for further progress.
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21.05.2016
Neustadter named in Russia's Euro 2016 squad
Russia coach Leonid Slutsky picked 22 domestic-based players alongside Schalke defender Roman Neustadter for Euro 2016.
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14.05.2016
Euro 2016: Little-known Slutsky still faces sceptics in Russia
Forced to give up playing football after falling from a tree rescuing a neighbour's cat, Leonid Slutsky is now the saviour of Russia's team heading to Euro 2016.
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14.05.2016
Lovchev: Playing in World Cup Opening Match is a once-in-a-lifetime experience
The legendary Estadio Azteca in Mexico City, which has hosted a FIFA World CupT Final on two occasions, is currently celebrating its 50-year anniversary. One of the highlights in the stadium's existence was undoubtedly the 1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico and the Opening Match between the hosts and the former USSR, a game in which a renowned ex-Spartak Moscow defender and 1972 Soviet Footballer of the Year Evgeny Lovchev took part.
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13.05.2016
Russia not EURO 2016 favourites, but a strong team: Slutsky
Some superstars could help the Russian national soccer team, but a well-structured team game will help it put on a good performance at the EURO 2016 championship in France in June, says head coach Leonid Slutsky.
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12.05.2016
FIFA Confederations Cup reflects on Mexico 1999, looks ahead to Russia 2017
It is hard to think of a more suitable place to celebrate the FIFA Confederations Cup - and specifically what it means to host it - than Mexico City. Just over one year before the next edition of the Festival of Champions kicks off in Russia, historic names from the past and future of the competition gathered on Wednesday at the High Performance Centre of the Mexican Football Federation (FMF) to look ahead at next year's tournament.
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10.05.2016
Slutsky battles foes at home and abroad
Forced to give up playing football after falling from a tree rescuing a neighbour's cat, Leonid Slutsky is now the saviour of Russia's team heading to Euro 2016. The burly 44-year-old stepped in last year after Russia dismissed the highly paid Italian Fabio Cappello.
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09.05.2016
Gareth Bale not named in Wales squad for Euro 2016 training camp
Wales manager Chris Coleman has named a 29-man squad for a pre-Euro 2016 training camp in Portugal from May 24-29. The party does not include Gareth Bale, who will be preparing for Real Madrid's Champions League final with neighbours Atletico Madrid in Milan on May 28.
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06.05.2016
Euro 2016: Wales v England influx worries Lens mayor
The mayor of Lens says he is apprehensive about the number of supporters expected to visit when Wales face England at Euro 2016 on 16 June. It has been predicted more than 100,000 fans could arrive in a city with a population of less than 40,000.
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28.04.2016
Euro 2016: Russian football finds its spirit again for 'battle of Britain'
A new manager and an impressive qualifying campaign have raised expectations for Russia's national team, who face England and Wales in France. RBTH looks at some of the key talking points ahead of the action this summer.
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25.04.2016
Technical Committee to evaluate Russia's performance at 2016 Euro Cup - sports minister
The Russian Football Union's (RFU) Techical Committee will be evaluating the performance of the national team at the upcoming 2016 UEFA Euro Cup this summer in France, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Monday.
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21.04.2016
Slutsky's Choice Part II: Defenders
In our second part of 'Slutsky's Choice' (Read part one here), we look at Russia's backline. Historically, one of the stronger assets on the field, it has kept cohesion within the team during periods that lacked success. During the 1990s as Soviet players steadily retired, the back line featuring Viktor Onopko and Yuri Nikiforov helped Russia reach the 1994 World Cup and Euro 1996. The next generation of defenders, Sergei Ignashevich, and Denis Kolodin brought more success as they heroically protected Igor Akinfeev en route to the semi-finals at Euro 2008.
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21.04.2016
Euro 2016: Russia team guide
Head coach. When Fabio Capello was sacked from his post in July 2015, world football's highest-paid national coach had won two, drawn two and lost two of the six qualifiers and Russia were third in Group G, four points behind Sweden. Enter Leonid Slutsky, head coach of CSKA Moscow who had won back-to-back Russian Premier League title, as interim Russia manager until the end of the qualification campaign.
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20.04.2016
'2018 World Cup will be the best ever'
On Tuesday, 19 April a joint press-conference of FIFA President Gianni Infantino and Russian Sports Minister, FUR President, Head of Russia-2018 LOC Vitaly Mutko took place in the House of Football in Moscow.
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19.04.2016
New FIFA president Infantino makes first visit to Russia
Gianni Infantino is visiting 2018 World Cup host Russia for the first time since he was elected FIFA president in February. Infantino began his tour with a visit to Moscows Luzhniki Stadium, which is undergoing a major rebuild to be ready for the World Cup final.
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12.04.2016
Slutsky's Choice Part I: Goalkeepers
With Euro 2016 just two months away, discussions on squad selection are starting to be heard across Europe. On the road to France, Fabio Capello and Leonid Slutsky utilized a large pool of players. Some being long-serving veterans occupying vital positions yet to be filled by fresh talent while others are much younger competing for spots with multiple candidates.
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12.04.2016
Sbornaya's Goalkeeper Battle Exemplifies Naturalisation Debate
Friendly games have always been a heavily discussed issue among football fans. Are they really that useful, or are they simply an annoyance in the club calendar? Anyway, a few months before the kick off for the 2016 European Championships in Paris, Russia played two friendlies, the last two before the presentation of the preliminary squad for the Euros. For the two games against Lithuania and France, the national team coach Leonid Slutsky called up four goalkeepers, granting them each 45 minutes of playing time.
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