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. 

Coach

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.

Staff

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

Ranking

Rank Teams 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
1
Brazil
9 7 2 4 1 2 1 0 1 20 23 11 2.090 790 650 1.215
2
Russia
9 6 3 4 1 1 1 2 0 18 22 12 1.833 776 682 1.137
3
Dominican Republic
9 5 4 5 0 0 1 0 3 16 17 12 1.416 646 576 1.121
4
Turkey
9 5 4 2 3 0 0 0 4 15 15 15 1.000 663 633 1.047
5
Germany
9 5 4 3 1 1 0 1 3 14 16 15 1.066 714 714 1.000
6
Bulgaria
9 4 5 2 1 1 0 2 3 11 14 18 0.777 674 722 0.933
7
Thailand
9 3 6 0 2 1 3 1 2 11 16 22 0.727 776 826 0.939
8
Puerto Rico
9 3 6 2 1 0 0 1 5 9 10 19 0.526 615 678 0.907
9
Azerbaijan
9 2 7 1 1 0 0 2 5 6 8 22 0.363 630 706 0.892
10
Mexico
9 1 8 1 0 0 0 3 5 3 6 24 0.250 569 724 0.785

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