Euro 2012: 5 Players Crucial for Russia's Victory

Roberto Alvarez-Galloso@AlvarezGallosoChief Writer IMay 13, 2012

Euro 2012: 5 Players Crucial for Russia's Victory

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    Russia is competing in the UEFA Euro 2012 match in Group A with Poland, the Czech Republic and Greece. While they are heavily expected to win in their group, victory is not guaranteed for Russia or any other team.

    According to UEFA, Dick Advocaat, who is the coach for the Russian national football team, recently named Vladimir Granat (who is the FC Dinamo Moskva defender) to the squad. He also named Magomed Ozdoev (FC Lokomotiv Moskva midfielder) to the squad.

    It remains to be seen what Granat and Ozdoev do, but this slideshow will outline five players crucial for a Russian victory in the Euro 2012. An invitation is sent to the B/R readers to sit back, relax and enjoy.

5. Andrey Arshavin

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    Andrey Arshavin is a midfielder for the Russian Premier League team Zenit St. Petersburg. Arshavin once played for Arsenal, but was loaned back to his previous club Zenit in the beginning of 2012.

    Arshavin may play a pivotal role for Russia during the Euro 2012 matches. According to ESPN Soccernet, Arshavin has the vision for the match and is able to pass the ball to the players without difficulty.

    He has the tendency to surprise the opposition by being quiet in the beginning and then surprising with passes. It remains to be seen what Arshavin will do during the Euro 2012 matches, yet he should not be underestimated.

4. Igor Denisov

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    Igor Denisov is currently the midfielder for Zenit St. Petersburg. According to the Zenit St. Petersburg Web site, Denisov scored a total of three goals within 107 matches in the Russian Premier League, Russian Cup, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and friendly matches.

    Denisov also started 106 of the 107 matches and served as a substitute during nine matches. Denisov is another star from Russia that may play a prominent role in a Russian victory.

3. Yuri Zhirkov

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    Yuri Zhirkov is a defender and midfielder who returned to Russia after spending time in England. Zhirkov signed with Anzhi Makhachkala last summer after playing for Chelsea FC.

    Zhirkov made a great impression with Anzhi Makhachkala. He has been able to show strength in defense and offense in matches of the Russian Premier League and elsewhere.

    He will probably do the same thing in Euro 2012. 

2. Igor Akinfeev

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    Igor Akinfeev is one of the goalkeepers of CSKA Moscow and the Russian national football team. According to the CSKA Moscow Web site, Akinfeev was voted the best goalkeeper of the CSKA Moscow vs. Kuban Krasnodar match on May 8, 2012.

    The vote (which was seen during my last visit to the CSKA Moscow Web site) was Akinfeev receiving 6,090 out of 9,027 votes. The result in percentage was 67.5 percent.

    The CSKA Moscow Web site reported that Akinfeev participated in the UEFA Cup, Euro Cup, Russian Premier League, Russian Cup, Russian Super Cup and the UEFA Super Cup. Akinfeev is able to deflect attempts at goals from opposing players as reported in the statistics section of the CSKA Moscow Web site.

    In another article published in the CSKA Moscow Web site, Akinfeev was appointed ambassador of the 2018 FIFA World Cup to be held in Russia by the Ministry of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy. Akinfeev is expected to be the powerhouse of the Russian national football team as the team's goalkeeper.

1. Alan Dzagoev

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    Alan Dzagoev is part of a new generation of players from the Russian Premier League and Russian national football team. Dzagoev is a midfielder for CSKA Moscow who managed to score 37 goals within 153 matches.

    Dzagoev has won numerous trophies in Russia and can be fierce in defense, as well as offense. Dzagoev is able to cover a lot of territory in the midfield.

    Dzagoev was chosen as the No. 1 person crucial for a Russian victory at Euro 2012 for his youth and tenacity. It is expected that he will continue to accomplish more as Russia gradually replaces the older generation with the younger generation.


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    This is not an absolute list of players that are crucial for a Russian victory in Euro 2012. It is a list based on a personal opinion of Russian football.

    I would like to thank the readers of B/R for their time spent in viewing the slideshow. The only thing that can be said is that it remains to be seen what will transpire.