RUSSIAN NATIONAL FOOTBALL TEAM ARRIVES IN PORTUGAL

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VILAMOURA (PORTUGAL), June 5 (RIA Novosti) - On Saturday the Russian national football team has arrived in Vilamuora to get ready for EURO-2004 starting on June 12.

In the afternoon the Russian delegation led by President of the Russian Football Union Vyacheslav Koloskov flew to the airport of Faro. A bus took them to Browns Club in Vilamuora. This town on the Atlantic coast will host Russian footballers at least by June 21, the end of the group stage.

Russia will play with Spain on June 12, Portugal on June 16 and Greece on June 20 in Group A.

The Russian national team includes goalkeepers Vyacheslav Malafeyev (Zenit), Sergei Ovchinnikov (Lokomotiv), and Igor Akinfeyev (CSKA); full-backs Vadim Yevseyev (Lokomotiv), Dmitry Sennikov (Lokomotiv), Roman Sharonov (Rubin), Alexei Bugayev (Torpedo) and Alexander Anyukov (Krylya Sovetov); half-backs Alexei Smertin (Portsmouth, England), Vladislav Radimov (Zenit), Marat Izmailov (Lokomotiv), Andrei Karyaka (Krylya Sovetov), Rolan Gusev (CSKA), Vladimir Bystrov (Zenit), Yevgeny Aldonin (CSKA), Alexander Mostovoi (Celta, Spain), Dmitry Alenichev (Porto, Portugal), Dmitry Loskov (Lokomotiv), and Igor Semshov (Torpedo); and forwards Dmitry Bulykin (Dinamo), Dmitry Sychev (Lokomotiv), Alexander Kerzhakov (Zenit) and Dmitry Kirichenko (CSKA).

The championship will run until July 4. The Russian team does not belong to EURO-2004 favorites. Moreover, it is predicted no success in the group stage due to non-optimistic results of the recent friendly matches. However, the management of the Russian national team believes that's all for the good. If the rivals underestimate our forces it may serve them a trick.

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