Russia World Cup 2014 Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

Dan SheridanContributor IMay 13, 2014

Russia World Cup 2014 Squad: Player-by-Player Guide

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    Russia boss Fabio Capello
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    Russia manager Fabio Capello has named his provisional squad for next month’s World Cup Finals in Brazil, and there is no place for ex-Arsenal man Andrey Arshavin or midfielder Dmitri Tarasov.

    There is, however, a surprise call-up for Reading forward Pavel Pogrebnyak, who has been with the Championship club for almost two years following a brief stint at Fulham.

    The 30-year-old has not represented his country since Euro 2012, but received the nod from Capello ahead of former Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko.

    Tarasov’s omission owes much to a cruciate ligament injury suffered earlier this year, while Pavlyuchenko’s exclusion is perhaps the biggest shock of all.

    They booked their place at the South American showcase after finishing top of their qualifying Group, and they will face South Korea, Belgium and Algeria once the competition is underway.

    With a squad made up of mostly Russian-based players, Bleacher Report goes through the entire 30, starting with the goalkeepers.

Goalkeepers

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    Name: Igor Akinfeev

    Date of Birth: 08/04/1986

    Birthplace: Vidnoye

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 66

    Club: CSKA Moscow

     

    Name: Yury Lodygin

    Date of Birth: 26/05/1990

    Birthplace: Vladimir

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 1

    Club: Zenit Saint Petersburg

     

    Name: Sergey Ryzhikov

    Date of Birth: 19/09/1980

    Birthplace: Shebekino

    Position: Goalkeeper

    Caps: 1

    Club: Rubin Kazan

Defenders

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    Name: Alexander Anyukov

    Date of Birth: 28/09/1982

    Birthplace: Kuibyshev

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 77

    Club: Zenit Saint Petersburg

     

    Name: Alexei Berezutsky

    Date of Birth: 20/06/1982

    Birthplace: Moscow

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 51

    Club: CSKA Moscow

     

    Name: Vasiliy Berezutskiy

    Date of Birth: 20/06/1982

    Birthplace: Moscow

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 75

    Club: CSKA Moscow

     

    Name: Sergei Ignashevich

    Date of Birth: 14/07/1979

    Birthplace: Moscow

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 94

    Club: CSKA Moscow

     

    Name: Georgi Shchennikov

    Date of Birth: 27/04/1991

    Birthplace: Moscow

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 3

    Club: PFC CSKA Moscow

     

    Name: Vladimir Granat

    Date of Birth: 22/05/1987

    Birthplace: Ulan-Ude

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 4

    Club: Dynamo Moscow

     

    Name: Aleksei Kozlov

    Date of Birth: 16/11/1986

    Birthplace: Petrozavodsk

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 8

    Club: Dynamo Moscow

     

    Name: Andrei Yeschenko

    Date of Birth: 09/02/1984

    Birthplace: Irkutsk

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 9

    Club: Anzhi Makhachkala

     

    Name: Andrei Semyonov

    Date of Birth: 24/03/1989

    Birthplace: Moscow

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 0

    Club: Terek Grozny

     

    Name: Dmitry Kombarov

    Date of Birth: 22/01/1987

    Birthplace: Moscow

    Position: Defender

    Caps: 20

    Club: Spartak Moscow

Midfielders

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    Name: Igor Denisov

    Date of Birth: 17/05/1984

    Birthplace: Leningrad

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 41

    Club: Dynamo Moscow

     

    Name: Yuri Zhirkov

    Date of Birth: 20/08/1983

    Birthplace: Tambov

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 60

    Club: Dynamo Moscow

     

    Name: Alan Dzagoev

    Date of Birth: 17/06/1990

    Birthplace: Beslan

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 30

    Club: CSKA Moscow

     

    Name: Yury Gazinsky

    Date of Birth: 20/07/1989

    Birthplace: Komsomolsk-on-Amur

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 0

    Club: FC Krasnodar

     

    Name: Roman Shirokov

    Date of Birth: 06/07/1981

    Birthplace: Dedovsk

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 41

    Club: FC Krasnodar

     

    Name: Denis Glushakov

    Date of Birth: 27/01/1987

    Birthplace: Millerovo

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 25

    Club: Spartak Moscow

     

    Name: Pavel Mogilevets

    Date of Birth: 25/01/1993

    Birthplace: Kingisepp

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 0

    Club: Rubin Kazan

     

    Name: Viktor Fayzulin

    Date of Birth: 22/04/1986

    Birthplace: Nahodka

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 16

    Club: Zenit Saint Petersburg

     

    Name: Oleg Shatov

    Date of Birth: 29/07/1990

    Birthplace: Nizhny Tagil

    Position: Midfielder

    Caps: 4

    Club: Zenit Saint Petersburg

Forwards

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    Name: Artem Dzyuba

    Date of Birth: 22/08/1988

    Birthplace: Moscow

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 3

    Club: Rostov

     

    Name: Alexander Kerzhakov

    Date of Birth: 27/11/1982

    Birthplace: Kingisepp

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 78

    Club: Zenit Saint Petersburg

     

    Name: Vladimir Bystrov

    Date of Birth: 31/01/1984

    Birthplace: Luga

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 47

    Club: Anzhi Makhachkala

     

    Name: Alexei Ionov

    Date of Birth: 18/02/1989

    Birthplace: Kingisepp

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 3

    Club: Dynamo Moscow

     

    Name: Alexander Kokorin

    Date of Birth: 19/03/1991

    Birthplace: Valuyki

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 19

    Club: Dynamo Moscow

     

    Name: Maxim Kanunnikov

    Date of Birth: 14/07/1991

    Birthplace: Nizhny Tagil

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 0

    Club: Amkar Perm

     

    Name: Pavel Pogrebnyak

    Date of Birth: 08/11/1983

    Birthplace: Moscow

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 33

    Club: Reading

     

    Name: Alexander Samedov

    Date of Birth: 19/07/1984

    Birthplace: Moscow

    Position: Forward

    Caps: 14

    Club: Lokomotiv Moscow