Team profile


    Including their years competing as the Soviet Union, the Russian women's team are the most successful in the history of women's volleyball. They are the most decorated team in the FIVB World Championship with seven gold medals - more than double that of Japan and Cuba, the next best sides on three apiece. This year they will compete in the event for the 17th, having only missed the 1967 competition.
    Russia finished fifth in the last edition of the World Championship, after previously winning back-to-back titles, both with 3-2 wins over Brazil in 2006 in Osaka and 2010 in Tokyo.
    It is not just World Championship success. Russia have also topped the podium at the Olympic Games, winning gold at the Mexico City 1968, Munich 1972, Moscow 1980 and Seoul 1988 Games.
    In addition, they have been crowned European Championship 19 times - their latest successes coming back to back, in 2013 (with a 3-1 win over Germany in the final) and 2015 (with a 3-0 win over the Netherlands).
    Recent form has seen Russia take a step back but the team will be looking to get back amongst the medals in Japan this year. 


    Pankov Vadim

    Pankov Vadim

    Fifty-three-year-old Vadim Pankov took charge of Russia's women's National Team at the start of this year, replacing Konstantin Ushakov. He began his coaching career alongside legenadary Nikolay Karpol at Uralochka and has also led Russia's student National Team winning gold twice at the 2015 and 2017 Universiades. At club level Pankov steered Zarechie Odintsovo from obscurity to two titles of the Russian Superleague, as well as the 2014 CEV Challenge Cup. He was married to Seoul 1988 Olympic champion and 1990 world champion Marina Nikulina. His daughter Ekaterina was setter and captain of the Russian National Team and two-time European champion; his son Pavel has won numerous world and European championships titles at youth and jujnior level.


    • Team Manager Erkhov Andrey
    • Assistant coach Kurnosov Igor
    • Second Assistant Coach Korolev Aleksey
    • Doctor Molchanov Sergei
    • Physiotherapist Sandul Dmitry