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denys envy

Russia's Kit -

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Russia's Squad (Club) -

1 Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moskva, Russia)
12 Vladimir Gabulov (FC Amkar Perm (on loan), Russia)
16 Vyacheslav Malafeev (FC Zenit St. Petersburg, Russia)

2 Vasili Berezutski (CSKA Moskva, Russia)
4 Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moskva, Russia)
5 Aleksei Berezutski (CSKA Moskva, Russia)
8 Denis Kolodin (FC Dinamo Moskva, Russia)
14 Roman Shirokov (FC Zenit St. Petersburg, Russia)
22 Aleksandr Anyukov (FC Zenit St. Petersburg, Russia)

3 Renat Yanbaev (FC Lokomotiv Moskva, Russia)
7 Dmitri Torbinski (FC Lokomotiv Moskva, Russia)
11 Sergei Semak (FC Rubin Kazan, Russia)
15 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov (FC Lokomotiv Moskva, Russia)
17 Konstantin Zyrianov (FC Zenit St. Petersburg, Russia)
18 Yuri Zhirkov (CSKA Moskva, Russia)
20 Igor Semshov (FC Dinamo Moskva, Russia)
23 Vladimir Bystrov (FC Spartak Moskva, Russia)

6 Roman Adamov (FC Moskva, Russia)
9 Ivan Saenko (1. FC Nürnberg, Germany)
10 Andrei Arshavin (FC Zenit St. Petersburg, Russia)
13 Pavel Pogrebnyak (FC Zenit St. Petersburg, Russia)
19 Roman Pavlyuchenko (FC Spartak Moskva, Russia)
21 Dmitri Sychev (FC Lokomotiv Moskva, Russia)

Coach: Guus Hiddink
UEFA profile
Date of birth: 8 November 1946
Nationality: Dutch
Playing career: De Graafschap (three times), PSV Eindhoven, NEC Nijmegen
Coaching career: De Graafschap, PSV Eindhoven (assistant), PSV, Fenerbahçe SK, Valencia CF, Netherlands, Real Madrid CF, Real Betis Balompié, Korea Republic, PSV, Australia, Russia

The Russian press had dubbed Guus Hiddink a coaching wizard long before a magical sequence of results conspired to send his side to UEFA EURO 2008™. Winger Yuri Zhirkov said: "What else can you call him, given that he has taken so many teams to World Cups and European Championships?"

Hired in April 2006 after winning another Dutch title with PSV Eindhoven and before taking unfancied Australia to the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup, the Dutchman – who signed a new two-and-a-half year deal in March – had previously steered the Netherlands and Korea Republic to World Cup semi-finals in 1998 and 2002 respectively. He returned to Eindhoven for 2002/03 and proved his Midas touch had not deserted him at club level either, winning the championship in his first term back at the PSV Stadion, adding a Dutch double in 2004/05 and running AC Milan all the way in an enthralling UEFA Champions League semi-final. The domestic crown was successfully defended in 2005/06, by which time Hiddink was also working with Australia, who he guided to the World Cup last 16 before a last-gasp penalty against Italy ended their hopes.

It was all a far cry from his undistinguished playing career, encompassing spells at SC Varsseveld, De Graafschap, PSV, NEC Nijmegen, Washington Diplomats and San Jose Earthquakes. As a coach, he joined the PSV set-up under Jan Reker and Hans Kraay, taking sole charge in March 1987 and piloting the club to three Dutch titles and a defeat of SL Benfica in the 1988 European Champion Clubs' Cup final. Stints with some of Europe's leading teams - Fenerbahçe SK, Valencia CF, Real Madrid CF and Real Betis Balompié, with the Netherlands job in between – further enhanced his reputation before he accepted the Korean challenge in 2001.

Some random facts (to be updated):

- Russia was the only unseeded team to qualify... at the expense of the only seeded team not to - England.
- At the average age of 26.26 Russia bring the youngest squad to the competition.
- Russia met both Spain and Greece at the group stage of the 2004 version of the tournament - losing 1-0 to Spain in the opener and becoming the only team to beat the eventual champions (Greece) 2-1 in the final game. Sandwiched between the two was a 2-0 loss to Portugal - confirming their exit at the group stage.
- Russia's top scorer (6 goals) during qualifying, Aleksandr Kerzhakov, was left out of the final squad by Guus Hiddink.
- #11 Sergei Semak is the oldest player to be included in the final squad at 32 years of age.
- #9 Ivan Saenko is the only player included that doesn't ply his trade in the Russian Premier League (Bundesliga).
denys envy
Russia's TV schedule (...Stateside anyway).


Tuesday 6/10, vs. Spain - 11:50 AM EASTERN on ESPN2


Saturday 6/14, vs. Greece - 2:30 PM EASTERN on ESPN2


Wednesday 6/18, vs. Sweden - 2:30 PM EASTERN on ESPN2

should they progress...

2nd place in group - Saturday 6/21 - 2:30 PM on ABC
1st place in group - Sunday 6/22 - 2:55 PM on ESPN

I'd supply the schedule further out, and I am optimistic... just not a fool.
I am joining this thread, in hopes that the motherland wins their games!
wow 3 weeks later and only two supporters

Kapedan business partner is Russian, so you have another supporter here :)
denys envy
Originally posted by malek
wow 3 weeks later and only two supporters


heh whatever, can't win them all over... BUT WE CAN FORCE THEM TO!

denys envy
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Guus Hiddink's team will be fast, flexible and fluid in their attempt to join Russian sport's 'golden age'

If there's one country more burdened by under-achievement (from a football perspective) than England, it's Russia. The Soviet Union won the inaugural European Championship in 1960, but after that one World Cup semi-final and one European Championship final represent a poor harvest for the country that effectively invented modern football when Viktor Maslov pioneered systematised pressing at Dynamo Kyiv in the 1960s.

Since fragmentation, the story has been even worse, with the seven major tournaments since they started competing as Russia yielding three first-round exits and four failures to qualify. Yegor Titov, the former Russia captain, has spoken of the sense of discomfit he feels every time he leaves the motherland, but the old inferiority complexes surely no longer pertain in Vladimir Putin's modern thrusting nation. After all, within the last month, a Russian club has lifted the Uefa Cup, while Russia have won the world ice-hockey championship and Eurovision Song Contest.

Equally, it could be argued that Guus Hiddink's main achievement as coach has been to tackle the fear of failure that has haunted the squad. Players are encouraged to swear in training and, on the first day of get-togethers, to joke about each other's club form. The forward Roman Pavlyuchenko, whose arrival as a substitute so unsettled England in Moscow, says that players now look forward to national matches, whereas previously they could seem a bit of a chore. However, the defeat in Israel and the scrappy win over Andorra with which they stumbled over the line thanks to England's defeat at home to Croatia, suggests the ability to turn it on when it matters should not be taken for granted.

After all the hype that surrounded his arrival, Hiddink's reign actually began poorly, with home draws in their first two qualifiers against Croatia and Israel. An away win in Macedonia, though, began to convince the doubters, less because of the 2-0 margin than because of the style of the victory, with seven attacking players used in a 3-5-2. That has remained the Hiddink mode ever since, and at times, as in that last 20 minutes against England in Moscow when they poured forward in red waves, it can be breathtaking.

They are also, though, distinctly shaky at the back, something that is to do with personnel as much as system. Having the outstanding young goalkeeper, Igor Akinfeev, back from a serious knee injury will help, but not as much as Hiddink's recognition that the CSKA triumvirate of Sergei Ignashevich and the Berezutsky twins are probably inch-for-inch the worst headers of a ball in history. The recent elevation to the squad of Zenit's Roman Shirokov, himself a converted attacking midfielder, can only be a good thing.

The prevalence of teams deploying only one central forward (in this group, both Spain and Greece will) has rendered 3-5-2 all but obsolete, for there is no point having a libero and two markers if there is only one striker to mark. To counter that, Russia will effectively play on a pivot, with the rapid Aleksandr Anyukov dropping in at full-back as required and the other three shuffling across. It could be argued that Hiddink's chosen formation needlessly over-complicates things, but on the other hand Russia have vast reserves of technically-gifted midfielders, and 3-5-2 is a way of using as many as possible.

Anyukov is quick, but he is nothing compared to Vladimir Bystrov, who is likely to operate on the other flank (although there is also the talented but inconsistent Yuri Zhirkov to be considered). In the middle, Konstantin Zyryanov, Russia's player of the year for 2007, is fairly assured of his place as a steadying influence, with the recalled Sergei Semak - in the form of his life for league-leaders Rubin Kazan and named as captain in the recent friendly against Serbia - likely to operate alongside him. Lokomotiv's Diniyar Bilyaletdinov will probably be given the more advanced central midfield role, leaving Dmitri Torbinsky and Igor Semshov as options on the bench.

Up front the big problem is that Andrei Arshavin, man of the match in the Uefa Cup final, is suspended for the opening two games after stupidly being sent off against Andorra in the final qualifier. His Zenit team-mate Pavel Pobregnyak, meanwhile, is a doubt with a knee injury. The slightly more mobile Pavlyuchenko would probably have been handed the target-man's brief ahead of Pogrebynak anyway, but Arshavin's probable replacement, Dmitri Sychev, gifted as he is, is not a like-for-like deputy.

Russia could be out before their best player even takes the field, but if they are not, there is just a chance that they could add to what Putin has already termed Russian sport's golden age. It's a slim chance admittedly, but even making it through the groups would be a new best since fragmentation.
this thread would be funny if it wasn't so sad :p
Originally posted by jonze
this thread would be funny if it wasn't so sad :p
But the thread is sad and it is funny.

Funny how that works no?
lets smash some spaniard cnuts! :D

Originally posted by jalamanta
lets smash some spaniard cnuts! :D
Cnuts is a mix of c-u-n-t-s and nuts?
spot on :)
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