Sport in Russia

Among the list of sports commonly played 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 of the most popular Internet searches for "sports" 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.



Russian athletes have been very successful on the world stage. Up until the break up of the USSR in 1991, the Soviets were one of the world's sporting superpowers, though Russian athletes are still a force to be reckoned with.

Lev Ivanovich Yashin, nicknamed "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.

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

Notable international sporting events recently held in Russia include 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

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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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