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The Russia national under-21 football team is overseen by the Russian Football Union. The team competed in the European Under-21 Football Championship, held every two years, and international friendly matches. The team also participated in the qualification for the Olympic Games.

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Russia Under-21
Nickname(s)Молодежка / Molodezhka (Junior)
Молодежная Сборная / Molodezhnaya Sbornaya (Junior Team)
AssociationRussian Football Union
ConfederationUEFA (Europe)
Head coachMikhail Galaktionov
First colours
Second colours
First international
 Denmark 2–2 Russia 
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 25 August 1992)
Biggest win
 Luxembourg 0–10 Russia 
(Pétange, Luxembourg; 6 June 2001)
Biggest defeat
 Chile 5–0 Russia 
(Toulon, France; 21 May 2010)
European U-21 Championship
Appearances6 (first in 1980, as Soviet Union)
Best resultWinners (1980, 1990)

On 28 February 2022, due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and in accordance with a recommendation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIFA and UEFA suspended the participation of Russia, including in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The Russian Football Union unsuccessfully appealed the FIFA and UEFA bans to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which upheld the bans.[1]