Euro 2020 team guides part 8: Russia

Euro 2020 team guides part 8: Russia

03-Jun-2021 11:00:09 | The Guardian

The World Cup quarter-finalists combine a flexible formation and direct approach under the combative Stanislav Cherchesov

This article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2020 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 24 countries who qualified. is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 11 June.

Russia reached the quarter-finals of the 2018 World Cup on home soil but it was clear afterwards the squad needed rebuilding. The goalkeeper and captain, Igor Akinfeev, veteran centre-back Sergei Ignashevich and winger Aleksandr Samedov were three of the players who stepped down.

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