Is Russia out of UEFA Euro 2024? Ban on national team, clubs in effect after invasion, war in Ukraine

The battle to qualify for Euro 2024 in Germany kicked off in March 2023 with UEFA outlining the path to the next edition of the European Championships.

All automatic qualifying places were settled in November 2023, with three more teams progressing via playoffs at the start of 2024.

However, not all 55 UEFA member nations were involved in the qualification process

Germany do not need to qualify, having secured an automatic place as hosts, with Russia the other UEFA country not competing for a place in the tournament next year.

Since February 2022, FIFA and UEFA have imposed a ban on all Russian club and national teams featuring in the region’s competitions following Russian president Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade neighbouring Ukraine.

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Are Russia out of Euro 2024?

Russia were not involved in qualifying for Euro 2024 because of the ban and therefore will miss out on the tournament in Germany.

Russia had qualified for six of the previous seven European Championships since becoming a FIFA member in their own right ahead of Euro ’96.

The Russians only missed out in 2000, when they were eliminated in qualifying after finishing third in their group behind France and Ukraine.

There is no chance of Russia making an appearance at Euro 2024.

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How long is Russia UEFA ban?

The FIFA/UEFA ban came into immediate effect in February 2022, with Russian teams removed from all relevant competitions, at club and international level.

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As a result, FC Zenit Saint Petersburg were ejected from the Europa League, as the sole Russian team to reach a European club knockout stage in 2021/22, and the national team was barred from their 2022 World Cup playoff against Poland.

FIFA initially stopped short of a full ban, preventing Russia from playing matches in their own country, with all games behind closed doors, and with limits on flags and banners in the stands.

However, following a consultation with the International Olympic Committee, FIFA quickly upgraded the ban to a full expulsion.

With the conflict in Ukraine on going, there is not indication that either FIFA or UEFA intend to modify, or remove the suspension.

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Russia national football team matches

In anticipation of the ban, Russia opted to build a case against the verdict, but their efforts were in vain, as the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected an appeal in March 2022.

Russia’s subsequent place at the 2022/23 UEFA Nations League was also cancelled, with Valeri Karpin’s side only eligible to play non-competitive friendlies, against nations who agree to a fixture.

Russia friendlies 2022-2023

  • Sept. 2022: Kyrgyzstan 1-2 Russia
  • Nov. 2022: Tajikistan 0-0 Russia
  • Nov. 2022: Uzbekistan 0-0 Russia
  • March 2023: Iran 1-1 Russia
  • March 2023: Russia 2-0 Iraq
  • September 2023: Qatar 1-1 Russia
  • October 2023: Russia 1-0 Cameroon
  • October 2023: Kenya 2-2 Russia
  • November 2023: Russia 8-0 Cuba

They won 2-1 away at Kyrgyzstan in September 2022, in their first appearance since the ban, followed by 0-0 draws in Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in November of the same year.

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At the start of 2023, Russia confirmed matches against Iran and Iraq in March. 

A 1-1 draw in Tehran was the first time since the ban that Russia played in a nation that was not previously part of the Soviet Union, demonstrating their determination to play on in spite of the FIFA/UEFA decision.

The 2-0 win over Iraq was the first time that Russia played on home soil since the invasion of Ukraine.

On September 12, Karpin’s side drew 1-1 at 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar, and they then played successive matches against African teams, beating Cameroon 1-0 in Moscow and drawing 2-2 against Kenya in Nairobi, where they scored an 89th-minute equaliser.

Russia then beat Cuba – ranked 130 places below them in FIFA’s rankings – 8-0 at the Volvograd Arena.


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