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The Best Soccer Players from Russia

Updated November 17, 2020 8.0k votes 1.5k voters 117.2k views96 items

Wondering who are the best soccer players from Russia? Whether you want to find the very best or you already have an idea of who is, this list includes the top soccer (or “football”) players from Russia, along with photos when available. Moreover, the list of best Russian soccer players is ordered by popularity (determined by you), so only the greatest players are at the top of the list. If you're searching for a particular famous Russian soccer player you can use the "search" box to find what you're looking for. Some of the top footballers on the list include Yegor Titov, Andrei Kanchelskis and more.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Russian footballers?" and "Who is the greatest Russian soccer player of all time?"

You can click on the names of these popular soccer players of Russia in order to get more information about each one. If you're a sports lover then you can use this list of popular Russian soccer players to discover some new athletes that you might really enjoy watching. Of course, you can also vote up the players you think are best, and vote any down if you feel they should be lower on the list. 

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    Lev Yashin

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Lev Ivanovich Yashin (Russian: Лев Ива́нович Я́шин, 22 October 1929 – 20 March 1990), nicknamed the "Black Spider" or the "Black Panther", was a Soviet professional footballer, considered by many as...  more

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    Andrei Arshavin

    Forward, Midfielder

    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    NationalityRussia,Soviet Union

    Andrey Sergeyevich Arshavin (Russian: Андрей Сергеевич Аршавин [ɐnˈdrʲej sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvʲɪtɕ ɐrˈʂavʲɪn]; born 29 May 1981) is a Russian former professional footballer who played as a forward or...  more
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    Igor Akinfeev

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceVidnoye, Moscow Oblast, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Igor Vladimirovich Akinfeev (Russian: Игорь Владимирович Акинфеев, IPA: [ˈiɡərʲ vlɐˈdʲimʲɪrəvʲɪtɕ ɐkʲɪnˈfʲe(j)ɪf]; born 8 April 1986) is a Russian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper...  more
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    BirthplaceRussian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Soviet Union

    NationalityRussia,Soviet Union

    Eduard Anatolyevich Streltsov (Russian: Эдуа́рд Анато́льевич Стрельцо́в, IPA: [ɪdʊˈart ɐnɐˈtolʲɪvʲitɕ strʲɪlʲˈtsof] (listen), 21 July 1937 – 22 July 1990) was a footballer from the Soviet Union who...  more
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    Rinat Dasayev

    Goalkeeper

    BirthplaceAstrakhan, Russia

    NationalitySoviet Union

    Rinat Fayzrakhmanovich Dasayev (Russian: Ринат Файзрахманович Дасаев, Tatar: Ринат Фәйзерахман улы Дасаев; born 13 June 1957) is a Soviet-Russian football coach and a former goalkeeper, who played in...  more

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    Igor Netto

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Igor Aleksandrovich Netto (Russian: Игорь Александрович Нетто; 9 January 1930 – 30 March 1999) was a Soviet–Russian footballer, considered one of the greatest Soviet players ever. He started out...  more
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    Yuri Zhirkov

    Defender, Midfielder

    BirthplaceTambov, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Yuri Valentinovich Zhirkov (Russian: Ю́рий Валенти́нович Жирко́в, IPA: [ˈjʉrʲɪj vəlʲɪnˈtʲinəvʲɪtɕ ʐɨrˈkof]; born 20 August 1983) is a Russian footballer who plays for Zenit Saint Petersburg. A...  more
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    Valeri Karpin

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceNarva, Estonia

    NationalitySpain, Estonia, Russia, Soviet Union

    Valeri Georgievich Karpin (Russian: Валерий Георгиевич Карпин; born 2 February 1969) is a Russian football manager of FC Rostov and a former midfielder, primarily a right midfielder....  more
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    BirthplaceKirovohrad, Ukraine

    NationalityUkraine, Russia, Soviet Union

    Andrei Antanasovich Kanchelskis (Ukrainian: Андрій Антанасович Канчельскіс; Russian: Андрей Антанасович Канчельскис; born 23 January 1969) is a Russian professional football manager and a former...  more
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    BirthplaceMostovskoy, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Roman Anatolyevich Pavlyuchenko (Russian: Роман Анатольевич Павлюченко; born 15 December 1981) is a Russian footballer who plays as a striker for FC Znamya Noginsk. He started his career at Dynamo...  more
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    Alan Dzagoev

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceBeslan, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Alan Yelizbarovich Dzagoev (Russian: Алан Елизбарович Дзагоев, pronounced [ɐˈlan jɪlʲɪˈzbarəvʲɪtɕ dzɐˈgo(j)ɪf]; Ossetian: Дзæгъойты Елизбары фырт Алан; romanized as Dzagoyev; born 17 June 1990) is a...  more
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    BirthplaceKingisepp, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Aleksandr Anatolyevich Kerzhakov (Russian: Александр Анатольевич Кержаков [ɐlʲɪˈksandr ɐnɐˈtolʲɪvʲɪtɕ kʲɪrʐɐˈkof]; born 27 November 1982) is a Russian football manager and a former Russian...  more
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    BirthplaceLuhansk, Ukraine

    NationalityRussia,Soviet Union,Ukraine

    Viktor Savelyevich Onopko (Russian: Виктор Савельевич Онопко) (born 14 October 1969) is a football coach and a former defender. He held the record for most international appearances for the Russian...  more
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    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalitySoviet Union

    Fyodor Fyodorovich Cherenkov (Russian: Фёдор Фёдорович Черенко́в) (25 July 1959, Moscow – 4 October 2014, Moscow) was a Soviet and Russian football midfielder who played for Spartak Moscow (1977–90...  more
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    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalitySoviet Union

    Valentin Kozmich Ivanov (Russian: Валентин Козьмич Иванов, 19 November 1934 – 8 November 2011) was a Soviet-Russian footballer who played as a winger or as a forward. He was the co-leading scorer at...  more
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    Ilya Tsymbalar

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceOdessa, Ukraine

    NationalityRussia,Soviet Union,Ukraine

    Ilya Vladimirovich Tsymbalar (Илья́ Влади́мирович Цымбала́рь; 17 June 1969 – 28 December 2013) was a professional football player and coach. A midfielder, he represented both Ukraine and Russia on...  more
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    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia,Soviet Union,Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

    Dmitri Aleksandrovich Galiamin (Russian: Дмитрий Александрович Галямин; born 8 January 1963) is a Russian football coach/official and a former player who played as a defender....  more
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    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia,Soviet Union,Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic

    Anton Vladimirovich Grigoryev (Russian: Антон Владимирович Григорьев; born 13 December 1985) is a Russian football central defender. ...  more
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    BirthplaceSaint Petersburg, Russia

    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union, Ukraine

    Oleg Anatolyevich Salenko (Russian: Олег Анатольевич Саленко; Ukrainian: Олег Анатолійович Саленко) (born 25 October 1969) is a retired Russian-Ukrainian footballer who played as a forward. He scored...  more
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    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia, Soviet Union

    Albert Alekseyevich Shesternyov (Russian: Альбе́рт Алексе́евич Шестернёв, IPA: [ɐlʲˈbʲert ɐlʲɪˈksʲeɪvʲɪtɕ ʂɨsʲtʲɪrˈnʲɵf]; 20 June 1941 in Moscow – 5 November 1994 in Moscow) was a soccer player for...  more
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    Grigory Ivanovich Fedotov (29 March 1916 – 8 December 1957) was a Soviet professional football player and manager....  more
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    Valery Voronin

    Midfielder

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalitySoviet Union

    Valery Ivanovich Voronin (Russian: Валерий Иванович Воронин; 17 July 1939 – 22 May 1984) was a Soviet footballer who represented Torpedo Moscow and the Soviet national team. He was a versatile...  more
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    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Sergei Nikolayevich Ignashevich (Russian: Сергей Николаевич Игнашевич, IPA: [sʲɪrˈgʲej nʲɪkɐˈla(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ ɪgnɐˈʂɛvʲɪtɕ]; born 14 July 1979) is a Russian football coach and a former central defender....  more
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    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    NationalityRussia

    Vasiliy Vladimirovich Berezutski (Василий Владимирович Березуцкий; born 20 June 1982) is a Russian football coach and a former player who played as a defender. He is an assistant coach with Dutch...  more
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    Vagiz Khidiyatullin

    Defender

    BirthplaceGubakha, Russia

    NationalitySoviet Union

    Vagiz Nazirovich Khidiyatullin (Russian: Вагиз Назирович Хидиятуллин; Tatar: Cyrillic Вагыйзь Назир улы Һидиятуллин, Latin Wağiz Nazir uğlı Hidiätullin) (born 3 March 1959 in Gubakha, Perm Oblast,...  more
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