Sport in Russia

Russia's traditional popular sport is Bandy (informally called "Russian hockey"). It is considered by the country as a national sport, and is one of the biggest spectator sports. Although the modern rules of the game were written in England, Russians still claim to be the inventors of this sport.

Among the other most played sports in Russia are basketball, ice hockey, football, rugby league, handball, weightlifting, gymnastics, figure skating, biathlon, boxing, wrestling, martial arts, volleyball, rugby union, and skiing. See also the list the most popular internet searches for "sports" in Russia.

Russian athletes have been very successful in the past, often competing on the world stage for the USSR up until the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Kite surfer flying the Russian flag Kite surfer flying the Russian flag

Lev Ivanovich Yashin nicknamed as "The Black Spider" was a Soviet-Russian football goalkeeper, considered by many to be the greatest goalkeeper in the history of the game. He was also vice president of the Football Federation of the Soviet Union. Andrey Sergeyevich Arshavin is a Russian professional footballer who plays for FC Zenit Saint Petersburg. He is an ex-captain of the Russian national team. Arshavin began his career at Zenit in the year 2000. He won numerous trophies with the club until his departure in 2009 including the Russian Premier League, Russian Premier League Cup, Russian Super Cup, UEFA Cup and the UEFA Super Cup.

One notable international sporting events recently held in Russia were the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Below are details of sports, sporting events and sports people related to Russia.

Popular sports of Russia (see more)

Traditional or Regional Sports

Russian Sporting Success

Athletes from Russia

Russia Sports trivia

Russia at major events

Past sporting events hosted in Russia

Upcoming sporting events in Russia

Annual sporting events held in Russia

View of Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia View of Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, Russia.
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Sporting Facilities in Russia

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