1 Igor Akinfeev goalkeeper, CSKA Moscow
2 Aleksei Kozlov defender, Dynamo Moscow
3 Georgi Shchennikov defender, CSKA Moscow
4 Sergei Ignashevich defender, CSKA Moscow
5 Andrei Semyonov defender, Terek Grozny
6 Maksim Kanunnikov forward, Rubin Kazan
7 Igor Denisov midfielder, Dynamo Moscow
8 Denis Glushakov midfielder, Spartak Moscow
9 Aleksandr Kokorin forward, Dynamo Moscow
10 Alan Dzagoev midfielder, CSKA Moscow
11 Aleksandr Kerzhakov forward, Zenit St Petersburg
12 Yuri Lodygin goalkeeper, Zenit St Petersburg
13 Vladimir Granat defender, Dynamo Moscow
14 Vasili Berezutski defender, CSKA Moscow
15 Roman Shirokov (captain) midfielder, Krasnodar
16 Sergey Ryzhikov goalkeeper, Rubin Kazan
17 Oleg Shatov midfielder, Zenit St Petersburg
18 Yuri Zhirkov forward, Dynamo Moscow
19 Aleksandr Samedov forward, Lokomotiv Moscow
20 Viktor Fayzulin midfielder, Zenit St Petersburg
21 Aleksei Ionov forward, Dynamo Moscow
22 Andrey Yeshchenko defender, Anzhi Makhachkala
23 Dmitri Kombarov defender, Spartak Moscow
Alan Dzagoev briefly illuminated Euro 2012 with his clever running, good feet and fine finishing. Plays on the right of midfield for Capello where his workaholism and pace are used in the manager’s typically efficient system.
Most likely to be sent home in disgrace
No one. This is a strict regime and the players on national duty are not rebellious. The only hope for discord is if Capello tries on his Stuart Pearce-baiting style argy bargy with one of his band of assistants.
Perhaps it was Fabio Capello’s Russophile taste in art – Wassily Kandinsky and Marc Chagall are among those whose daubings adorn his walls – that earned him the job of Russia manager. Perhaps it was the five Serie A titles he has amassed as a coach, or the two championships to which he led Real Madrid. Almost certainly it was not the performances of the England team the Fraggle-faced tactician coaxed to such a peak of underwhelmingness in South Africa in 2010.
A rivalry with Poland started 400 years ago and, aided by the odd war and occasional occupation, is still gathering pace, with violence and ribald nationalism puckering Russia’s Polish sojourn in Euro 2012, capped by 183 arrests on the day the two teams drew in Group A. Their most familiar foes are Belgium, who the Soviets faced in 1970, 1982 and 1986 and Russia played in 2002 – the last two games were both lost 3-2, and only the first was won.
Germany had been expected to make it their base but when they decided to go elsewhere Russia gladly stepped in. Their training centre at the Estádio Novelli Júnior is almost finished after several delays, and the San Raphael Country Hotel is roaring to go, its Russian TV channels freshly connected.
How they qualified
Finished a point ahead of Portugal at the top of Group F having survived a brief attack of the vapours when losing to the runners-up in Lisbon and Northern Ireland in Belfast.
World Cup high
Fourth place as the USSR in 1966, having been defeated 2-1 by West Germany in the semi-final at Goodison Park but haven’t made it out of the group stages in two appearances as Mother Russia following the disintegration of the Soviet Union.
World Cup low
Hopeless in 2002, they flattered to deceive with victory over Tunisia before Japan and Belgium shattered the illusion and showed them up as powder-puff and predictable.
The stereotype is …
Joyless automatons boring the opposition to death through relentless pressing until striker with the build, complexion and naked disappointment of Rodney Trotter nicks one.
The reality is …
Organised, punishingly-fit and tactically-disciplined with a great goalkeeper in Igor Akinfeev and a centre-forward in Aleksandr Kerzhakov with the balance, control and shooting power to hurt most teams.
What they’re known for?
Pussy Riot 19 per cent
Owning London 32 per cent
Polonium 6 per cent
Three centuries of astonishing literature 43 per cent
How Google translates the national anthem
Ancestor-given wisdom of our people! Be glorious, our country, our pride!
Three minutes and 34sec to allow graduates of Trinity College, Cambridge, to substitute the new words for the “Party of Lenin!” version.
How to dress like their fans
Commentator’s go-to stat
Russia is the largest country in the world and Capello the highest-paid manager.