Russia was the surprise package of Euro 2008 reaching the semifinal before crashing out to eventual champions Spain.
Prospects of another successful tournament in Poland and Ukraine aren't so good, although the draw has been kind to them.
Russia will kick off the tournament on June 8, against the Czech Republic before facing hosts Poland, and finishing out the group stage in Warsaw against 2004 winners Greece.
With a good mix of experience and young blood in the squad, manager Dick Advocaat has every right to believe that his team can progress to the quarterfinals where they would likely face either the Netherlands, Germany or Portugal.
Pick your poison.
With the exception of Marat Izmailov and Pavel Pogrebnyak, who ply their trade with Sporting CP and Fulham respectively, the entirety of the squad is made up of Russian Premier League players.
This should give Russia the edge in terms of team chemistry but not necessarily their level of play.
Here I will analyze the players that Russia hopes will stun the world in its European Cup campaign.