The recent history of Russian football has been steady <a title="Panthers Marquis Haynes Jersey" href="http://www.panthersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-marquis-haynes-jerse y">Panthers Marquis Haynes Jersey</a> , if somewhat unremarkable. Russian clubs did experience some success in Europe in the late 2000s. Furthermore, the national team has consistently qualified for major tournaments, even becoming the dark horses of Euro 2008.

However, as Russia showed at Euro 2016 this summer, they look a long way from actually challenging for honours. In this regard, they live in the shadow of their Soviet predecessors.

The ‘Red  Army’, as they were known, experienced their pinnacle in 1960, when they won the inaugural European Championships. In doing so, they carved their names into Russian footballing history. Generations have tried and failed to emulate them since.