Does Russia need a soccer team?
The friendly with Kyrgyzstan will still take place on Saturday and the match will be broadcast live on TV. It seems that this is not news, everything was known a few weeks ago.
But no! The match was threatened by a military build-up on the Tajik-Kyrgyz border, and TV rights had been resolved a day earlier. Therefore, the fact that we see the game itself can be considered a great success. How did this happen and why was the national team’s first friendly match after the ban on the sports field treated carelessly?
It can be assumed that our football officials had more important things to do. For example, he reacted to the anti-Russian statements of Oleksandr Petrakov, coach of the Ukrainian soccer team. The statements are so vile that I will not quote them here out of spite. The RFU lodged a complaint against him with UEFA, after which Petrakov was fined. The money, by the way, went to UEFA. Now you can impersonate your success story. But how does this help Russian football in its most difficult situation of isolation?
Will they play Bosnia?
Two more matches of the national team will be held in November. The first match is against the national team of Iran, which is preparing for the World Cup, and the second match is against the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which will be held in St. Petersburg on November 19. And if there is no doubt about the first match, the executive committee of the Bosnian Football Federation will decide on the second match on October 10.
Despite Vladimir Putin and Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik speaking in favor of hosting the match at a meeting in the Kremlin, it has so far been difficult to plan anything and even harder to sell tickets for the match. . It is not only about the political leadership and the position of the Bosnian Football Federation, but also about the players. The team’s goalkeeper Ibrahim Sheik expressed his belief that none of the key players will go to Russia. Naturally, this factor will be taken into account when deciding the match against Bosnia in St. Petersburg. It can be assumed that a fifth team from the national team, for example, composed of Bosnian Serbs, will be brought to play. But that match will also be an event for Russia.
The European Championship will be held
The draw for the Euro 2024 qualifiers will be held on October 9th, specifically, on the eve of the now dire decision of the Bosnian Football Federation’s Executive Committee. Naturally, the Russian team will not participate due to FIFA and UEFA’s decision to suspend the participation of our players in the tournament “until further notice”. This “special notice” may not be for years, as it turns out. At the same time, many criticized UEFA for allowing the Russians to play friendly matches. And this pressure, by the way, can end with the fact that the Russian football team will play only with the national teams of Abkhazia and other teams not recognized by FIFA. To prevent this from happening, the RFU must act and communicate with international federations.
Instead, for some reason, they started telling us that Russia has a chance to go to the European Championship in Germany. But among the fans, they did nothing but sardonic smiles or even laughter. Perhaps, this is the creation of the appearance of work.
If such plans come true, the Russian team can become the champion of Europe. Simply because the rest will refuse to play with her, like the first team players of the Bosnian national team. As a result, Valery Karpin’s department can collect a whole bag of technical victories.
Talking about Asia again
After the Russian team passed the European Championship, again the leading representatives of national football began to talk about a possible transition to the Asian Football Confederation.
These people do not understand what it is. You have to leave Europe to enter Asia. At the same time, Russia cannot be accepted in Asia; For example, Japan and Australia, which have imposed severe sanctions on our country, are members of the AFC and may receive support from US allies in the region. That would leave the Russian team stuck between Europe and Asia only, and this could become a much bigger tragedy than the current suspension of international competitions.
Also, many people these days are arguing that banks in Turkey and even Kazakhstan are refusing or completely limiting the use of Mir cards due to fear of secondary sanctions from the US. Well, Asian banks, which will pay the Russian team, for example for hotels in Thailand or Singapore, may also be subject to secondary US sanctions. But still it is necessary to reach these countries. Also the national teams of these countries against Russia. In case anyone has forgotten, now there are huge problems with direct flights, and there are no people who want to come with two-three day transfers.
And these are just technical and bureaucratic issues, there are purely soccer issues as well. It is quite clear that in Asia, Russian football will not develop, but will decline. Also, no one wants to play in Malaysia with 100% humidity and 30 degree temperature. By the way, Valery Karpin did exactly the right thing when he did not call the generals to the national team for the match with Kyrgyzstan. This game will definitely not give them anything.
Russia lost team players
The main task now is to inspire fans with the hope of going to the European Championship and building castles in the air about going to Asia, but not to keep domestic football in the best condition and lose players. However, these two tasks are interlinked and there are major questions regarding their implementation.
For example, promising defender Saba Sazonov of Dynamo Moscow decided to play for Georgia, where his mother is from, and not for Russia. Because Georgia plays official matches, you don’t go to Asia and from there you can go to Europe. Besides, the team will now have a lot of attention thanks to Quaradona himself.
Another Dynamo player, Luka Gagnidze, may suspend his contract with the Russian club due to pressure from coaches and football officials in Georgia, according to gossips. It is clear that such pressure exceeds all limits of decency, it should be a shame to behave in this way, but we live in a reality where this happens all the time. However, have you ever heard of someone working with those players and protecting them? For example, the story of Matthias Norman being kicked out of the Norwegian national team to play in Russia did not end even with a complaint to UEFA in the interest of the player and Russian football. But he recovered the fine by writing a statement about the Ukraine coach’s anti-Russian statements. Maybe he’s good, that’s what Petrakov needs, but an inquiry into why Norman can’t play for the national team would certainly benefit Russian football more.
Club representatives generally say that the authorities are not at all involved in solving the problems of the suspension of the soldiers’ contracts. There is only moral support and assistance in the completely nonsensical procedures at CAS.
In such a situation, one thing is clear: Russia will, of course, return to international matches one day, but it will have to start from the bottom and it will take years, if not decades, to return to the minimum place. It used to be. He was sent into political isolation. Fans need to be ready for this. And they understand it. The popularity of the media league has grown so fast that it is not often that it starts overtaking RPL matches in terms of internet views. But this is a private and independent project, which is a very strong call for football officials. They have already lost the initiative in the world, now they are losing it at home.
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