Russian Empire national football team

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Russian Empire
Shirt badge/Association crest
Association All-Russian Football Union (VFS)
Всероссийский футбольный союз
Most caps Vasily Zhitarev (8)
Top scorer Vasily Zhitarev (4)
FIFA code RUS
First colours
Second colours
First international
Official:
Russia Finland 2–1 Russian Empire Russia
(Stockholm, Sweden; 30 June 1912)
Unofficial:
Russia Russian Empire 5–4 Bohemia Bohemia
(Saint Petersburg, Russia; 16 October 1910)
Last International
 Norway 1–1 Russian Empire Russia
(Christiania, Norway; 12 July 1914)
Biggest win
Russia Russian Empire 5–4 Bohemia Bohemia
(Saint Petersburg, Russia; 16 October 1910)
Biggest defeat
German Empire Germany 16–0 Russian Empire Russia
(Stockholm, Sweden; 1 July 1912)
Summer Olympics
Appearances 1 (first in 1912)
Best result 8th

The Russian Empire national football team was the association football team representing the Russian Empire from 1910 to 1914.

History

The Russian Empire played its first unofficial international in October 1910 against Bohemia national team, a 5-4 win; this would prove the only victory the team would ever have in international play.[1] The All-Russian Football Union was founded in January 1912 and it was admitted to FIFA in the same year.[2] The first official international for Russian Empire was the second round match against Finland national team at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.[1]

The development of league football in Russia was stopped by the outbreak of First World War in 1914.[3] Meetings with Germany national team and France national team were planned for the spring of 1915, but the matches were cancelled. A large number of players were killed in the war and others fled the country after the 1917 Russian Revolution.[3] The Soviet Union national football team was formed in August 1923[4] and it was accepted by FIFA as the successor of the Russian Empire football team, itself becoming the Russia national football team in 1992.

Managers

International record

The Russian Empire national football team played a total number of 8 official and 8 unofficial internationals between October 1910 and July 1914.[1][5]

Date Location Venue Competition Opponent Score (1)
16 October 1910 Saint Petersburg, Russia Sport Stadium Unofficial match Bohemia Bohemia 5–4
23 October 1910 Moscow, Russia ZKS Stadium Unofficial match Bohemia Bohemia 1–0
2 September 1911 Saint Petersburg, Russia Nevsky Stadium Unofficial match England England Amateurs 0–14
3 September 1911 Saint Petersburg, Russia Nevsky Stadium Unofficial match England England Amateurs 0–7
4 September 1911 Saint Petersburg, Russia Nevsky Stadium Unofficial match England England Amateurs 0–11
6 May 1912 Moscow, Russia Union Golf Club Unofficial match Russia Finland 1–1
30 June 1912 Stockholm, Sweden Olympic Stadium Summer Olympics Russia Finland 1–2
1 July 1912 Stockholm, Sweden Olympic Stadium Summer Olympics Germany 0–16
3 July 1912 Stockholm, Sweden Tranebergs Idrottsplats Friendly match  Norway 1–2
12 July 1912 Moscow, Russia Sokolniki Park Unofficial match Hungary 0–9
14 July 1912 Moscow, Russia Sokolniki Park Friendly match Hungary 0–12
29 April 1913 Saint Petersburg, Russia Nevsky Stadium Unofficial match  Sweden 1–5
4 May 1913 Moscow, Russia Sokolniki Park Friendly match  Sweden 1–4
14 September 1913 Moscow, Russia Sokolniki Park Friendly match  Norway 1–1
5 July 1914 Stockholm, Sweden Olympic Stadium Friendly match  Sweden 2–2
12 July 1914 Christiania, Norway Bislett Friendly match  Norway 1–1

(1) Russian Empire's score is shown first.

Player records

Russian Empire squad at the 1912 Olympics

Player records include official internationals only.[4]

Most appearances

Goals

References

  1. ^ a b c Матчи Сборная России по футболу (in Russian). Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  2. ^ Football in Russia Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b History of Russian Football The Premier Site for Russian Culture. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b Soviet Union - International Results 1911-1935 - Details The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  5. ^ All Time Results The Website of Russian and USSR National Football Team. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
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