Euro 2012 team guide: Group A – Russia

Everything you need to know about Group A competitors Russia

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COACH: Dick Advocaat

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WORLD RANKING: 11

QUALIFIED: Group B winners

BEST EURO FINISH: Semi-finals (2008)

FORMATION: 4-3-2-1

PLAYING STYLE: High-tempo

STRONGEST LINE-UP:

STRENGTHS: They’re solid in defence, but their pacy full-backs fly when the team’s in possession. Plenty of options for the lone striker role, too.

WEAKNESSES: They didn’t score a huge number of goals in qualifying and might lack a top-quality playmaker in the middle.

TEAM RATING:

STAR PLAYER:

Alan Dzagoev

Position: Midfielder

Age: 21

Club: CSKA Moscow

Russian footy experts have been banging on about this cheeky little playmaker for a few years now – but this summer could see him become a household name across Europe.


THE CAPTAIN:

Andrey Arshavin

He sulked his way out of Arsenal, but little Andrey is still a legend in Russia and is capable of the impossible.

RUSSIA FACTS:

Capital: Moscow
Population: 143 million
Official language: Russian

Best ever player: Lev Yashin

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