Russia have a very strong side and will be tough opponents for anyone that they face at Euro 2016. The national football team has passionate and dedicated fans that will have a real presence in France this summer. Russia will be bringing a strong contingent over to France in the summer and tickets for their games will prove popular.
Russia have been placed in Group B with England, Wales and Slovakia and will play their three matches in Marseille against England on 11th June, before travelling to Lille to face Slovakia four days later. Leonid Slutski's team then finish the group stages with a game against Wales in Toulouse on 20th June.
The Russians begin their campaign against England in what is set to be one of the most hotly anticipated games in Group B. They then face games against Wales and Slovakia. Qualification from this group will be difficult to achieve for all four sides; there are no clear supposed weak sides and the standard of all games will be high.
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Russia looked destined to miss out on automatic qualification to Euro 2016 until they beat Sweden 1-0 in Moscow. This ignited the Russians who went on to win their last three group stage matches to book their place in France. The Russians finished on 20 points and second in the group behind Austria to book their place at this summer’s biggest sporting competition.
After making a disastrous start to qualifying ex-England manager, Fabio Capello, was relieved of his duties and replaced by Leonid Slutsky. He managed to turn their campaign around and a revitalised Russia will be hoping to carry that momentum into the Euro 2016 finals. They have a strong squad with plenty of european experience and they are generally an entertaining side to watch. Bag your Russia Euro 2016 tickets here at Football Ticket Pad for all games that the Russians participate in during the Euros.
Russia got off to a flying start under Capello with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Liechtenstein. However, this was followed by three games without a win to put their qualification hopes in doubt after two 1-1 draws against Sweden and Moldova, before a damaging 1-0 defeat at the hands of Austria in Vienna.
Russia were then awarded a 3-0 victory away to Montenegro after the match was abandoned in the 67th minute after crowd violence and a scuffle between players when the score was 0-0. Earlier in the match, Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev was struck by a flare which caused a 33-minute delay and Akinfeev being stretchered off the pitch.
Russia then fell to a 1-0 defeat to Austria in Moscow to allow the Austrians to stretch their lead at the top of the group. Artyom Dzyuba goal then got a vital three points against Sweden before Russia cruised to a resounding 7-0 victory over Leichtenstein with Dzyuba scoring four under new boss Leonid Slutski, following Capello's departure.
This was the start of a three match winning streak where Russia went on to claim two more vital wins against Moldova and Montenegro to secure second place in the group ahead of Sweden who were two points behind in third, who eventually qualified through the play-offs.
Sergei Ignashevich has well over 100 caps for Russia and will likely be captaining the side at Euro 2016. He is a real leader for the Russians and his experience will be invaluable. The CSKA Moscow defender Former Chelsea man Yuri Zhirkov is also a stalwart in the Russia team and we can expect to see him marauding down the left flank. They have Igor Denisov in midfield, who has over 50 caps to his name, and who pulls the strings for them and is one of their main creative threats..
Artyom Dzyuba. With eight goals for Russia in qualifying the Zenit St.Petersburg striker is the figurehead of the Russian attack. He was in the provisional Russia squad for Euro 2012 only to then not be selected in the 23 man squad for the competition. He has reason therefore to want to prove himself on the international stage at a major tournament and at Euro 2016 may be his time to shine. The pressure will be on Dzyuba who is only one of three strikers in the 23 man squad. The experience of Aleksandr Kerzhakov and Yuri Zhirkov has been overlooked by Leonid Slutski and without Alan Dzagoev, who misses out through inury, the pressure is on Dzyuba to find the net.
One to watch out for
Aleksandr Golovin. The 19 year-old from CSKA Moscow is a raw talent emerging in Russian football and national coach, Leonid Slutski has taken a gamble on the youngster following the recent injuries to Alan Dzagoev, Yuri Zhirkov and Denis Cheryshev. The attacking midfielder has only recently broken into the squad and after scoring two goals in his three senior caps, including a goal on his debut versus Belarus in June 2015. Golovin will get a chance to shine in France and will look end his breakthrough campaign on a high this summer at Euro 2016.
Aleksandr Kokorin is only 24 but has bags of international experience. The striker is maturing as a player and will provide Russia with a real goal threat. The Zenit forward has scored three goals in the Euro qualifiers and has 11 goals in 36 games for Russia.
Russia Euro 2016 Fixtures
Russia begin their Euro 2016 campaign with a tasty opener against Roy Hodgson's England with both teams looking to get off to winning starts.
The Stade Velodrome is the venue, one of France's largest stadiums. The city to host is Marseille, a popular tourist spot right on the Mediterranean Sea. England won every game in qualifying so Russia will need to be at their best if they are to get any points from this one. Russia will be hoping Artyom Dzyuba can cause an upset and unsettle England's back four. Russia were in England's Euro 2008 qualifying group and managed to qualify with Croatia at England's expense after Russia beat England 2-1 in Moscow. Russia have beaten England before and will be looking to repeat the feat this time round. Their will be no shortage of interest inEngland v Russia tickets
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Russia v Slovakia
This game will be feisty no two ways about it! The relationship between these two countries off the field is not great to say the least. This often follows onto the pitch causing things to get very heated. The last time these two sides met was in a friendly match in 2014 which Russia won 1-0 thanks to a winning goal from Aleksandr Kerzhakov. Napoli playmaker, Marek Hamsik will be the danger for Slovakia and Russia will need to keep him quiet. Both sets of fans will revel in the highly charged atmosphere of this one and You can book your Russia v Slovakia tickets online with us today.
Russia v Wales
This one is the final group game for both teams. One or the other will be needing to get something from the game which sets this fixture up to be an intriguing duel. Both teams are more than capable of scoring goals and with Gareth Bale and Artem Dzyuba on the pitch we could have a classic. We have Russia v Wales tickets for this fixture in Toulouse this summer. Where you choose to sit is up to you and Football Ticket Pad caters for all. If you are on a tight budget we can acquire cheaper tickets behind the goal or if your budget stretches further then you can have your pick of tickets.
Lille is well renowned for its friendliness and strong cultural and architectural links. Located in northern France, Lille has a large university population and is a city based on Flemish influences due to its close proximity to the Belgian border. The city bases itself on its 17th century architecture which can be seen across the city, especially in the city centre and Grand Place which homes the iconic war memorial in a square surrounded by its historic buildings. The city also boasts fantastic transport networks, particularly its railways which make the city somewhat of an international hub. The city is set to host six games throughout Euro 2016 which will include four group matches, followed by a Round of 16 fixture and one of the Quarter Finals.
Toulouse, labelled by many as ‘The Pink city’ after the cities terracotta brickwork, is hosting some of Europe’s biggest teams this summer for Euro 2016. Toulouse will welcome the holders Spain, Italy, Wales, Russia, Sweden and Czech Republic during the month long tournament. Located in South-West France, Toulouse is the European capital of aeronautics and innovation and has embraced the technological age in recent years - boasting Europe’s largest space centre. The city has a vibrant university population and is a city steeped in history, as well as being voted the most desirable place to live in France with plenty of bars, pubs and nightclubs to celebrate if your team wins.
Marseille is a city that lives and breathes football. The edgy, urban and vibrant city lies on the Mediterranean coast and boasts France’s main port making one of the busiest in the world with a buzzing nightlife and great food. The city was voted the 2013 European city of culture and will host six games at this summer’s Euro 2016 championship, including England’s opening game versus Russia, as well as one Quarter-Final and Semi-Final.