Final roster of Russian national team for 2020 UEFA European Cup revealed – sport
MOSCOW, June 2. / TASS /. The Russian national football team’s coaching team, led by head coach Stanislav Cherchesov, announced the final squad roster for matches of the 2020 UEFA European Cup on Wednesday, which will debut this month.
Twenty-six players from the final list of the national team were named live on Russian television channel Match-TV.
Four players from the previously announced expanded roster have not joined the roster, namely Dynamo Moscow FC defender Roman Yevgenyev, Kazan defender Rubin FC Ilya Samoshnikov, Zenit St. Petersburg FC goalkeeper Andrei Lunev and Dynamo Moscow FC midfielder Arsen Zakharyan, who had previously left the team’s training camp in Austria after being diagnosed with tonsillitis.
- On the final list of the Russian national football team for the 2020 UEFA European Cup are goalkeepers Anton Shunin (Dynamo FC); Matvei Safonov (Krasnodar FC) and Yury Dyupin (Rubin FC).
- For its defenders, the team chose Georgy Dzhikiya (Spartak FC); Igor Diveyev, Mario Fernandes (both from Lokomotiv FC); Yury Zhirkov, Vyacheslav Karavayev (both Zenit FC); Fydor Kudryashov (Turkey Antalyaspor FC); and Andrei Semionov (Akhmat FC).
- Midfielders will be Dmitry Barinov, Rifat Zhemaletdinov (both from Lokomotiv FC); Alexandre Golovine (AS Monaco); Daniil Fomin (Dynamo FC); Roman Zobnin (Spartak FC); Maxim Mukhin (CSKA FC); Alexeï Ionov (Kranodar FC); Daler Kuzyayev, Andrei Mostovoi, Magomed Ozdoyev (all from Zenit FC); Denis Makarov (Rubin FC); Alexei Miranchuk (Atalanta FC from Italy); and Denis Cheryshev (Valencia FC Spain).
- The team’s forwards will be Artyom Dzyuba (Zenit FC); Anton Zabolotny (CSKA FC); and Alexander Sobolev (Spartak FC).
Before the start of the UEFA European Cup, the Russian national football team will play a friendly match in Moscow on June 5 against the Bulgarian national team.
Russia are set to embark on their winning streak in the UEFA European Cup by taking part in group stage matches against the national teams of Belgium, Finland and Denmark.
On March 17, 2020, UEFA announced that it was postponing the 2020 UEFA European Cup for exactly one year as a preventive measure against the current global spread of the novel coronavirus.
The championship has been rescheduled to be held between June 11 and July 11, 2021, and Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg, has been chosen. It was one of the 12 cities initially offered in Europe to host European Championship matches. St. Petersburg has secured the right to host three group stage matches and one of the 2020 UEFA European Cup quarter-finals.
However, on April 23, St. Petersburg won the right to host three more UEFA European Cup matches after Ireland’s Dublin and Spaniard’s Bilbao withdrew from the host. European Football Championship matches citing anti-COVID-19 measures.
The decision to host the 2020 European Cup, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2020, in various European countries rather than one or two host countries was taken at the meeting of the UEFA Executive Committee in Lausanne, in Switzerland, December 6, 2012.
Following the removal of Bilbao and Dublin from the list of league host cities, the rescheduled 2020 UEFA European Cup is now set to take place in 11 cities, namely London, England; Munich, Germany; Rome, Italy; Baku, Azerbaijan; Saint Petersburg, Russia; Bucharest, Romania; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Budapest, Hungary; Glasgow, Scotland; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Seville, Spain.