Team profile

Russia, including the Soviet Union and CIS, have traditionally been a major force of volleyball since the very beginning of international competitions.
They joined the FIVB in 1948, a year after the foundation of the international governing body. The following year, they sent a team to compete in the first FIVB World Championship. They have been a dominant force on the international scene ever since, including six World Championship titles, and six World Cups and 14 European Championship golds.
This year they're defending their title from the inaugural FIVB Volleyball Nations League in Lille, where they destroyed hosts France in the final. Later in the same year Russia ranked 6th in the World Championship.
Russia were successful in the FIVB World Cup in 2011, and secured Olympic gold for the fourth time at London 2012 – their first since the break-up of the Soviet Union. They failed to defend their title at Rio 2016, finishing in fourth place after the USA came back from two sets down to win 3-2 in the bronze medal match. 
Russia are currently the reigning European champions, after beating Germany 3-2 in the final of the 2017 edition in Krakow. It was their 14th gold (in addition to 3 silver and 5 bronze) in 30 editions of the competition.


Tuomas Sammelvuo

Tuomas Sammelvuo

Tuomas Sammelvuo, took over Russia's men's National Team earlier this year, after coaching the Club of Kuzbass Kemerovo since 2016 in the country's Superleague and leading the side to an amazing first ever title this season. The 43-year-old had taken charge of the men's National Team of his native Finland in 2013 and immediately led them to qualification for the 2014 FIVB World Championship for the firs time in 32 years. As a player he competed with clubs in Finland, France, Italy Japan, Russia and Poland, before taking his first coaching position with Finland.  He has been capped 296 times for Finland. Sammelvuo’s efforts saw him named the 2014 Finnish Sports Coach of the Year. He had also been named Finland’s Player of the Year four times and in 2013 was voted Finnish Sport Idol of the Year.

  • Team Manager Igor Artamonov
  • Assistant coach Rifelli Claudio
  • Doctor Arutyunov Gurgen
  • Physiotherapist Sergey Osipov


Rank Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
2 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 6 1 6.000 173 142 1.218
2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 3 3 1.000 133 131 1.015
2 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 6 0.166 140 173 0.809