Europe still remembers the stunning success of 2008, when Russia, led by Guus Hiddink, beat Holland, Sweden, and Greece, reached the semi-finals and ended up third, loosing only to Spain (that year's champions). The stars of that tournament - Andrey Arshavin and Roman Pavlyuchenko – having played in the Barclays Premier League for the past two seasons are now better than ever and ready to score even more! With Denisov in the center midfield, Zyryanov and Shirokov as forward midfielders and Zhirkov and Anuykov in defense Russia has a great chance to repeat the 2008 success.
Young promising stars – Kombarov and Kokorin are eager to prove themselves and show Europe their skills. As to goalkeepers, Dick Advocaat will have to spend some time to decide who will be starting, as both Akinfeev and Malafeev are on top of their game. Akinfeev has had a bad knee injury this year, but he has now fully recovered and ready to go.
Russia squad for EURO 2012:
Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeyev (CSKA Moscow), Vyacheslav Malafeyev (Zenit St Petersburg), Anton Shunin (Dynamo Moscow)
Defenders: Alexander Anyukov (Zenit St Petersburg), Alexei Berezutsky (CSKA Moscow), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Roman Sharonov (Rubin Kazan), Vladimir Granat (Dynamo Moscow), Kirill Nababkin (CSKA Moscow)
Midfielders: Igor Denisov (Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Shirokov (Zenit St Petersburg), Konstantin Zyryanov (Zenit St Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Anzhi Makhachkala), Alan Dzagoyev (CSKA Moscow), Igor Semshov (Dynamo Moscow), Denis Glushakov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Marat Izmailov (Sporting), Dmitry Kombarov (Spartak Moscow)
Forwards: Andrei Arshavin (Arsenal), Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit St Petersburg), Roman Pavlyuchenko (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Kokorin (Dynamo Moscow), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Fulham).
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