‘We think it’s a good idea – our players are beautiful, great athletes and determined to win.’

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‘We are the best woman’s team in Russia and have won many championships, even representing our country in the Uefa Champions League,’ Egorova explained.

The team was founded in 1990 as Nadezhda Krasnoarmeysk, being initially a futsal club. Futsal was played until 1998, when the club left it to concentrate in association football. Nadezhda played for two years in the second tier, attaining 5th and 3rd spots, before being disbanded at the end of the 2000 season, with most players moving to newly founded Nadezhda Noginsk.

Founded in 1990, FC Rossiyanka have won the Russian Women’s Premier League three times, in 2005, 2006 and 2010, and qualified for the recently established Women’s Champions League twice – both times reaching the last-16.

Unsurprisingly, their publicity shoot to promote the event is already receiving pretty good coverage on mainstream news networks in Russia.

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‘We hope it will also improve the numbers of tickets we sell.

"We think it’s a good idea - our players are beautiful, great athletes and determined to win.”

FC Rossiyanka have vowed to play their next match in bikinis to boost crowds – it might just work In a significant step backwards for women’s football in its quest for equality alongside the men, FC Rossiyanka from Krasnoarmeysk near Moscow have made the pledge after seeing gate receipts continue to tumble this season.

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Coach Tatyana Egorova said: “We are the best women’s team in Russia and have won many championships, even representing our country in the UEFA Champions League.

A Russian women’s football team who have struggled to attract fans during the recent economic downturn have come up with a unique method of drawing in the crowds – playing their next match in bikinis.

“We hope it will also improve the numbers of tickets we sell.

Rossiyanka is a regular of the Champions League, where it has reached the quarter-finals in 2008 and 2012. As Russia ranks among the top 8 UEFA Leagues by coefficient,[2] Rossiyanka has entered the competition both as the Russian Championship's champion or vice-champion.

In 2003 the team was back as Rossiyanka, attaining promotion to the Russian Championship in the first try. Rossiyanka immediately consolidated itself as one of the championship's leading teams and won the 2005 and 2006 championships, preceded by a silver in its 2004 debut. From 2007 to 2009 the team was second to Zvezda Perm, before winning its third championship in 2010.

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WFC Rossiyanka is a Russian women's football club from Khimki.

A struggling women’s football team is hoping to draw the crowds by playing in bikinis.

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‘But few people have ever heard of us and we don’t get many people coming to games so we’ve decided to give our profile a boost by appearing in bikinis.

But coach Tatyana Egorova says that, despite their success, they are still under-rated – and hopes the publicity stunt will help money matters off the field.

And they have already done a publicity shoot to promote the event.

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Members of the FC Rossiyanka team, from Krasnoarmeysk, near Moscow, have promised to wear their naughty outfits for the next match.

Despite first impressions, the club appear to be a serious outfit.

“But few people have ever heard of us and we don’t get many people coming to games so we’ve decided to give our profile a boost by appearing in bikinis.