Russia has competed in every Homeless World Cup since its beginning in 2003. Their best performance was in 2006, when they claimed the Homeless World Cup trophy. The team has consistently been in the top 20 countries in the competition, so expectations were high going into Glasgow 2016.
This year’s squad kicked off strongly, with one loss in penalties in both the first and second round. Having secured their place in the top trophy bracket, they defeated Hungary in the quarter finals, but couldn’t get past defending champs Mexico in the semi-final matchup. The won their final match to claim 3rd place overall.
They found the back of the net 96 goals throughout the week, making Russia the second highest scoring team in the men’s/mixed competition, only topped by Ireland’s impressive 101 goals.
The Best Coach award in the men’s/mixed competition went to Russian coach, Alexandr Khachiyan.
Team Russia 2016 (Men’s)
New Social Solutions organise tournaments for those who do not have a home or are not legally registered in the country, as well as for people suffering from substance abuse. NSS has been running the “Social rehabilitation through football” programme since 2003. In 2007, they created a street football league of 20 teams of homeless people, refugees, people affected by substance abuse, and representatives of other vulnerable groups.