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REGAINING FORMER GLORY

The French team has lost only one final of a World Championship in its history: in 1993 against Russia, which formed a formidable juggernaut, starting with Andrey Lavrov at the back. Dmitri Torgovanov, former enforcer for the team, led by coach Vladimir Maksimov, embodies this golden decade: double World Champion in 1993 and 1997, European Champion in 1996 and Olympic Champion in 2000, he now coaches a team that has lost its lustre. Crowned Olympic Champions four times (also in 1976, 1988 and 1992), Russia was absent from Rio, and again from London four years ago. It qualified for the 2017 World Championship with two great victories over Montenegro in the playoffs; it’s still not an easily-dismissed opponent. Because Russia, much like Germany, the recently crowned European champions, can always come back to the forefront. And with no warning.


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DID YOU KNOW?

Since they won the Olympic bronze medal at the Athens Olympics, Russia has disappeared from the international podiums. Now, 12 years on, the team no longer tortures its opponents. Their last results were very disappointing: 19th in the World Championship in Qatar in 2015 and 12th the Euro 2016 in Poland.

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COACH: Dimitri TORGOVANOV (Russia)

PLAYERS

  • RUS-10-CHERNOIVANOV-ALEKSANDR
    Aleksandr Chernoivanov 13/02/1978 Pivot
  • RUS-17-DEREVEN-ALEKSANDR
    Aleksandr DEREVEN 26/03/1992 Left Back
  • RUS-09-SHKURINSKIY-ALEXANDER
    Alexander Shkurinskiy 11/04/1995 Centre Back
  • RUS-55-VALIULLIN-AZAT
    Azat Valiullin 01/09/1990 Left Back
  • RUS-06-SHISHKAREV-DANIIL
    Daniil Shishkarev 06/07/1988 Right Wing
  • RUS-05-KISELEV-Dmitrii
    Dimitrii Kiselev 15/11/1994 Right Back
  • RUS-89-ZHITNIKOV-DMITRII
    Dimitrii Zhitnikov 20/11/1989 Centre Back
  • RUS-07-KOVALEV-DMITRY
    Dimitry Kovalev 15/05/1982 Right Wing
  • RUS-21-KALARASH-GLEB
    Gleb Kalarash 29/11/1990 Pivot
  • RUS-44-SOROKA-IGOR
    Igor Soroka 27/05/1991 Left Wing
  • RUS--20-MIKHAIL-CHIPURIN
    Mikhail Chipurin 17/11/1980 Pivot
  • RUS-25-SHELMENKO-SERGEI
    Sergei Shelmenko 05/04/1983 Right Back
  • RUS-13-GORBOK-SERGEY
    Sergey Gorbok 04/12/1982 Left Back
  • RUS-31-DIBIROV-TIMUR
    Timur Dibirov 30/07/1983 Left Wing
  • RUS-12-BOGDANOV-VADIM
    Vadim Bogdanov 26/03/1986 Goalkeeper
  • RUS-87-KIREEV-VICTOR
    Victor Kireev 05/05/1987 Goalkeeper