The Russia national football team (Russian: национа́льная сбо́рная Росси́и по футбо́лу, natsionálnaya sbórnaya Rossii po futbólu) represents Russia in association football and is controlled by the Russian Football Union (Russian: Российский Футбольный Союз, Rossiyskiy Futboľnyy Soyuz), the governing body for football in Russia. Russia has appeared in ten World Cups and will host the tournament in 2018. Russia is a member of UEFA, they won the first edition of the respective continental competition in 1960 as Soviet Union (of which Russia is the successor).
In July 2012, the Italian Fabio Capello was named as the new Russian manager, after being sacked by England in February.
Russia competed in Group F of World Cup qualification and qualified in first place after a 1–1 draw with Azerbaijan in their last game. In January 2014, after qualification had been achieved, Capello was rewarded with a new four-year contract to last up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
2018 FIFA World Cup
Russia were selected to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup and automatically qualified for the tournament.