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Russia (RUS)

  • Tactical revolution unseats Brazil

    Tactical revolution unseats Brazil

    Tuesday 13 September 2011

    More evenly contested than some of its predecessors, the sixth FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup proved an engrossing event, ending with the tactically astute Russians deposing mighty Brazil.

  • Russia’s well-oiled machine

    Russia’s well-oiled machine

    Sunday 11 September 2011

    Newly crowned beach kings Russia showed in the final that their success is built around excellent link-up play and all-round players capable of defending, attacking and scoring with equal aplomb.

  • Leonov, Russia’s golden captain

    Leonov, Russia’s golden captain

    Sunday 11 September 2011
    Renowned for their teamwork, new world champions Russia were also indebted to the individual brilliance of captain Ilya Leonov, the winner of the adidas Golden Ball.
  • Personal triumph for Russian pair

    Personal triumph for Russian pair

    Sunday 11 September 2011
    Russia swept to glory at the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2011, and picked up two prestigious individual honours too. reviews the end-of-tournament accolades.
  • Russia dethrone Brazil as beach kings

    Russia dethrone Brazil as beach kings

    Sunday 11 September 2011
    There was no stopping Russia as they blazed a perfect trail into the Final, where they pummelled former champions Brazil 12-8 to be crowned world champions at Ravenna/Italy 2011.
  • Makarov: We want to win

    Makarov: We want to win

    Saturday 10 September 2011

    On the eve of his side’s date with destiny at Ravenna/Italy 2011, burly Russian defender Alexey Makarov spoke to about their strong suits: a solid line-up and confidence.