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Top 10 Russian Footballers (Soccer) of All Time

 

Russia, who will host the FIFA 2018 World Cup, may not be the tournament favourites, but they can certainly expect strong home support, and not just from the fans – players' wives also attend matches to cheer on the team. Will take

Fan support is often an inseparable aspect of sporting victories, broken records and incredible comebacks. It can also bring home teams a huge advantage over their rivals, with a huge army of dedicated fans able to support their team.

Along with the thousands of Russian football fans who will support the national team this summer, the World Cup hosts will have a personal cheerleading group in the stands consisting of members of their families.

RT Sport takes a look at the wives of Russian players who will be encouraging their husbands to make the country proud at football's biggest spectacle this summer.

On 28 February 2022, FIFA and UEFA suspended Russia's participation in their competitions, under the pretext of a 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and by a "recommendation" by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

However, that doesn't give a viable reason why Russia doesn't have good players. Players like the retired Andrew Arshavin were of Russian origin. The article contains the top ten Russian football players of all time.

1. Artem Dzyuba

Artem Sergeyevich Dzyuba was born on August 22, 1988. He is a Russian professional footballer who plays as a striker for Turkish Süper Lig team Adana Demirspor and the Russian national football team.

He began his career with Spartak Moscow, debuting in 2006 and making 166 appearances and scoring 38 goals. He had two loan spells each at Tom Tomsk and Rostov, with the latter winning the 2013–14 Russian Cup.

Dziuba made his senior international debut for Russia in 2011. He represented the country at UEFA Euro 2016, 2018 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2020 and is the country's joint top scorer with 30 goals along with Alexander Kerzhakov.

2. Igor Akinfeev

Igor Vladimirovich Akinfeev was born on April 8, 1986. He is a Russian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for and captains Russian club CSKA Moscow.

He has spent his entire career at CSKA, making over 700 official appearances. They have won six Russian Premier League titles and six Russian Cups as well as the UEFA Cup in 2005. He is the record holder for most games played in the Russian top-level league at 524.

As a full international for Russia between 2004 and 2018, he earned 111 caps and was selected in their squads for four UEFA European Championships and two FIFA World Cups. He was named captain of Russia in March 2017 following the retirement of his predecessor, Vassily Berezutsky.

3. Alexander Golovin

Aleksandr Sergeevich Golovin was born on 30 May 1996. He is a Russian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Ligue 1 club Monaco and the Russia national team. He can also play as a central midfielder or as a winger.

Golovin won the 2013 UEFA European Under-17 Championship with the Russia national under-17 team, with whom he also participated in the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Later, Golovin represented the Russia national under-19 team at the 2015 UEFA European Under-19 Championship, where Russia came in second place.

Golovin made his debut for the Russia national team on 7 June 2015 in a friendly against Belarus at Arena Khimki, replacing captain Roman Shirokov in the 61st minute and scoring Russia's second goal of a 4–2 victory 16 minutes later.

4. Alexey Miranchuk

Alexey Andreyevich Miranchuk was born on October 17, 1995. He is a Russian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder or striker for Serie A club Torino on loan from Atalanta and the Russian national team.

Miranchuk made his debut for the Russia national football team on 7 June 2015 in a friendly against Belarus at Arena Khimki, replacing Yuri Zhirkov in the 71st minute and scoring Russia's third in a 4–2 victory twelve minutes later. Of.

5. Ari

Ariclenes da Silva was born on 11 December 1985. He is commonly known as Ari and is a professional footballer who plays as a striker for Atletico Cearense. Born in Brazil, he represented the Russian national team.

He began his professional career with his hometown club Fortaleza in 2005 and signed for Swedish club Kalmar a year later. After two and a half seasons at AZ Alkmaar, he played in the Russian Premier League for Spartak Moscow, Krasnodar and Lokomotiv Moscow.

6. Ilzat Akhmetov

Ilzat Toglokovich was born on 31 December 1997. He is a Russian professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for FC Krasnodar. Earlier in his career, he mostly played in the position of attacking midfielder.

He was able to represent Kyrgyzstan or Russia. Kyrgyzstan's manager Aleksandr Krastinin, himself a Russian, tried calling him, but he ultimately chose the latter.

He was called up to the Russian squad for the first time in November 2018 for the games against Germany and Sweden. [9] He was forced to miss call-ups due to injury. He made his debut for the team on 21 March 2019 in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier against Belgium as a starter.

7. Arsen Adamov

Arsen Ruslanovich Adamov was born on October 20, 1999. He is a Russian professional footballer who plays as a left-back or right-back for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. He is of Chechen descent.

He was first included in the senior team of FC Akhmat Grozny in July 2017 for a game against FC Dynamo Moscow and remained on the bench in that game. He was called up to the Russia national football team for the first time in October 2021 for the World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Slovenia.

8. Gamid Agalarov

Gamid Ruslanovich Agalarov was born on July 16, 2000. He is a Russian footballer of Dargin descent, who plays as a centre-forward for Akhmat Grozny. He made his debut in the Russian Professional Football League for Anzhi-2 Makhachkala on 11 May 2018 in a game against FC Krasnodar-2.

He made his debut in the Russian Premier League for Anzhi Makhachkala on 28 July 2018 in a game against FC Ural Yekaterinburg. He was called up to the Russia national football team for the first time for the October 2021 World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Slovenia.

9. Denis Cheryshev

Denis Dmitrievich Cheryshev was born on December 26, 1990. He is a Russian professional footballer who plays as a left winger for Italian club Venezia and the Russian national team.

As a youth product of Real Madrid, he made his debut for the reserves in 2009 and with the first team in 2012. He had loan spells at Sevilla, Villarreal and Valencia before joining Villarreal permanently in 2016, and returned to Valencia on loan. Two years later. In June 2019, he signed permanently for the latter.

Cheryshev made his debut for Russia in 2012, after earning 45 caps and scoring 23 goals in his youth ranks. He was a participant at the 2018 World Cup, scoring four goals as the team reached the quarter-finals and Euro 2020.

10. Fyodor Kudryashov

Fyodor Vasilyevich Kudryashov was born on April 5, 1987. He is a Russian professional footballer who plays as a left-back for Turkish club Antalyaspor and the Russian national team. He can also play as a centre-back.

He was called up to the senior Russia squad in August 2016 for matches against Turkey and Ghana. He made his debut on 31 August 2016 against Turkey.

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