Putting forward the best young and experienced players from St. Petersburg, the Russian national footy team are entering Euro Cup 2018 full of confidence and belief.
Led by their dedicated skipper Slava Belov, the Czars are looking forward to the challenge of coming up against Europe’s best football nations once again this October.
“The squad is close to optimal,” Slava said.
“We managed to save the best players from the previous tournaments and new players who joined the sport this season look very prominent.”
Despite their recent struggles in the tournament, the nation’s best footballers are optimistic about their chances in Cork in 2018.
It’s an optimism that comes from a successful year of results for football in the country.
The inaugural St. Petersburg Cup in May saw the Russians field two sides that played some outstanding football.
On the same weekend, 12 new coaches were earned AFL Level 1 accreditation helping the game move forward in the region.
Now the Russian players and coaches alike are eager to showcase just how much they’ve improved in the last 12 months.
“All the squad represents St. Petersburg having played AFL in St. Petersburg for the whole season together in two teams,” Slava said.
“This will surely help our team work and team interaction.”
“The new players have started fast and the experienced players now must be clutch in the most important moments of the matches.”
Knowing just how tough the competition can be, the Russians know the threat all of the nations possess to their success.
Yet their goals remain high with a top eight finish in the sight for the Czars.
“At our level every opponent for us is tough,” Slava said.
“We will try to play every team as if we have only one game at the tournament.”
“The goal is to qualify from the group stage to the top bracket.”
Euro Cup 2018
CIT Cork, Ireland
Saturday, October 13th