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Team manager Shchuplov Vladimir
Head coach Caprara Giovanni
Assistant coach Kirillova Irina
Doctor Fedorov Alexander
Therapist / trainer Prut Sergey
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  No. Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Club
1 Maria Borisenko Borodakova 08.03.1986 190 80 301 297 Dinamo-Kazan
2   Olga Zhitova Zhitova 25.07.1983 188 72 306 302 Dinamo M.R.
3 Ekaterina Osichkina Osichkina 02.04.1986 190 80 307 300 Dinamo-Krasnodar
4   Maria Bruntseva Bruntseva 12.06.1980 188 78 306 303 Stinol
5 Liubov Shashkova Sokolova 04.12.1977 192 72 315 307 Dinamo Krasnodar
6   Elena Godina Godina 17.09.1977 196 72 317 310 Dinamo
C 7 Natalya Safronova Safronova 06.02.1979 190 77 312 305 Dinamo
8   Anna Artamonova Artamonova 27.09.1980 188 70 306 296 Zareche
L 9 Svetlana Kryuchkova Kryuchkova 21.02.1985 174 63 290 286 Enisey - Krasnoyarsk
10   Elena Maslova Maslova 28.08.1980 178 70 294 287 Tulitsa
11 Ekaterina Gamova Gamova-Mukasey 17.10.1980 202 80 321 310 Dinamo-Kazan
12   Marina Babeshina Babeshina 26.06.1985 181 62 291 289 Uralochka-NTMK
13 Olga Fateeva Fateeva 04.05.1984 190 72 310 303 Atom
L 14   Ekaterina Ulanova Ulanova 05.08.1986 172 61 298 290 Dinamo-Kazan
15 Lesya Makhno Makhno 04.09.1981 188 73 310 305 Dinamo-Kazan
16   Iuliia Merkulova Merkulova 17.02.1984 202 75 317 308 Dinamo Krasnodar
17 Natalia Kulikova Kulikova 12.05.1982 184 71 312 308 Samorodok
18   Marina Akulova Akulova 13.12.1985 181 70 303 290 Omichka
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team Profile Coach Profile
For the period of 1949-91 the Team was called the USSR Team; in 1992 it was called the CIS Team and since 1993 it has been the Team of Russia. The Team was founded in 1949. It played the first official match in Prague (former Czechoslovakia) at the European Championships on September 11, 1949 with the team of Poland and won with the score of 3:0 (15:13, 15:4, 15:3).

The team has won the Olympic four times, the World Championships five times, the World Cup once, the Grand Prix three times, the World Grand Champions Cup once and the European Championships 17 times. No other team has had such results.
v The real stars of world volleyball have played in the Russian team, namely: Alexandra Chudina, Militia Eremeeva, Liudmila Buldakova, Inna Ryskal, Rosa Salikhova, Nina Smoleeva, Valentina Ogienko and many others.

The team took silver at the 2004 Olympic Games.

After the 2004 Olympic Games some changes have occurred. Evgenia Artamonova, Elizaveta Tischenko and Elena Tiurina have left the team.

Maria Zhadan and Yulia Merkulova have enrolled the team as well as three players from the Junior National team such as Maria Borodakova, Ekaterina Kabeshova, Olga Sazhina and Pasynkova Alexandra.

The new, very young team placed third at last yearís European Championships.
I appreciate that after a little break our Women's National Team will take part in the Grand-Prix Final 2006. The opportunity to play with the strongest National Teams makes us aware of our own strength. As this tournament is held annually, itís also the best way to prepare for the Word Championships 2006. I hope for a successful performance of our womenís national team and also good training for the 2006 World Championships.