Seydou Doumbia is one of Europe’s most feared strikers, but just lately he’s been struggling a little. His ability to adapt without Vagner Love will be critical to next season’s success.
Defeat to Greece signals the end of Dick Advocaat’s time in charge of Russia. What will the new man in charge need to do to improve, and where will the next generation of stars come from?
Igor Akinfeev’s injury threatened to ruin Russia’s Euro 2012 before the tournament even started. Thanks to Zenit’s goalkeeper, that hasn’t been the case.
After more than a half a decade in the international wilderness, Marat Izmailov has made a sensation return to the Russian national side. His journey to Poland and Ukraine has not been an easy one.
Euro 2008 was great, but Russia’s performances since have been less than inspired. With an aging squad, can Dick Advocaat’s men once again stun a continent and light up the tournament?