RUSSIA's matches at Stade de France
About the RUSSIAN football team
The Russian football team is the national team composed of the best Russian players who represent the country in international football competitions. It dates back to July 1992, when it replaced the team of the CIS, which itself had replaced the team of the Soviet Union in January 1992.
Between 1912 and the outbreak of World War I in 1914, there had also been an Imperial Russian team for a short time.
The Russian team made its debut in international competition at the 1994 World Cup. It later participated in the 2002 and 2014 World Cups, where it was eliminated after the first round each time. At the continental level, Russia qualified for the finals of the European Championship in 1996, 2004, 2008 and 2012. It achieved its best performance in 2008, when it was only beaten in the semi-finals. Russia will host the World Cup in 2018.
RUSSIA's previous matches at Stade de France
On April 17 2002 at Stade de France, France drew with Russia (0-0) in a friendly match, which happened to be the penultimate friendly match in France before the final phase of the World Cup. On this occasion, Roger Lemerre recalled Nicolas Anelka and Johan Micoud to try to overcome their nemesis. It should be remembered that the Russians had already inflicted France's only defeat at Stade de France in June 1999 (3-2). Unfortunately, the French could never finish off their attacks against a formidable Russian defence. Unfortunately, Nicolas Anelka had a perfectly good goal disallowed.
On June 5 1999, France and Russia were separated by the score of 2-3 (in Russia's favour) on the pitch at Stade de France. This France/Russia match at the Stade de France, which was a qualifier for Euro 2000, ended an incredible run of 27 unbeaten competitive matches since November 17 1993 (France-Bulgaria). The French had also been on a 16-match unbeaten home run since June 7 1997 (Tournament of France). The French goals were scored by Petit (48th minute) and Wiltord (53rd minute). For the Russians, Panov (38th and 75th minutes) and Karpin (87th minute) helped to snatch victory from the French.