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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
  5 Jun International Friendlies Serbia - Russia
  11 Jun Euro 2016 - Group B England - Russia
  15 Jun Euro 2016 - Group B Slovakia - Russia
  20 Jun Euro 2016 - Group B Wales - Russia
  6 Sep International Friendlies Russia - Greece
  7 Oct International Friendlies Estonia - Russia
  10 Oct International Friendlies Russia - Belgium
  13 Nov International Friendlies Chyprus - Russia
       

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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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