In St. Petersburg starts the thirteenth championship of Russia on beach football

© RIA Novosti / Alexander Wolfparade in photobanks football. Archival photoIn St. Petersburg starts the thirteenth championship of Russia on beach football© RIA Novosti / Alexander Wolfparade the image Bank

The thirteenth season of the championship of Russia on beach football will kick off on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. One of the intrigues of the upcoming draw will be the question whether the St. Petersburg «Crystal» for the third time in a row to ascend to the top step of the podium, repeating the record of the Moscow «Locomotive» 2010-2012, which this season has invited former national team player Dmitry Sychev.

«Strogino» is returned, the «city» will replace «gold»

The rules of the competition has not changed for several years, but the current draw of the elite division will take part eight teams, and nine. All clubs will play each other twice in the regular season, which will consist of three stages. The first stage of the national championship will be held in Saint-Petersburg (13-18 June), the second — in Kazan (July 7-12) and the third — in Moscow (1-6 August). In the end the four best teams will advance to the Superfinal, which will take place in Saratov from 11 to 20 August.

The choice of venue for the crucial matches does not seem accidental, as in the last season stage, in Saratov exceeded all expectations for attendance. Scoring principle remains the same – for the success in regulation time will be awarded 3 points for a win in extra time — 2 points win on penalties — 1 point for every defeat — 0 points.

In comparison with the season 2016 national championship will not participate silver medalist last year and the winner of the regular championship of Saint-Petersburg «Golden», whose place will be taken by another club from the Neva banks «city». Also in the elite after a two year hiatus, caused by not the best financial state, will return one of the most titled clubs of the country – Moscow «Strogino», twice in the history won the championship and Cup of Russia.

Also this season will act as a strong and disciplined Spartak Moscow, who said goodbye to his long-term captain Evgeny Polyakov, uncompromising Saratov «Delta», Samara «wings of the Soviets» and Moscow «Elmont», as well as CSKA Moscow, who will try to prove that the failure of last season was a Fluke.

The majority of super League teams already entered in the game tone, speaking for the European Cup in Portugal. The best of the Russian clubs became the «locomotive», won the third place. Other teams made in the following way: Delta – fourth, – fifth, «Spartak» – the sixth, CSKA – 11th, but city failed to qualify.

All glad to see Sychev in their ranks

This is «Crystal» and «the locomotive» look like favorites for the upcoming tournament. Moreover, both clubs were able to invite into their ranks of former players. The team from Neva banks said 36-year-old former goalkeeper of «Rostov», Perm «Amkar» and Tula «Arsenal» Roman Gerus.

«He trained with us in the spring, like us. Then we agreed on all the conditions, and now Roman has joined us. Think he will debut on the home stage of the championship, — has told «R-Sport» head coach of Petersburgers Alexander Elizarov. — The goal of Crystal is only one — to win, so we will do everything possible to protect the title of Champions of Russia.»

And the railroad, which at different times was made by Alexander Filimonov, Alexey Smertin, invited the former forward of Russian national team and «the Locomotive» Sychev. Sychev started training with the railwaymen at the end of February. «I, as a coach, «Locomotive» and our leadership — we’re glad to have such quality player we see in his team. He shares his experience, because he played at the highest level, and we get some new information», then said player-coach, two-time world champion Ilya Leonov.

Just before the start of the tournament Leonov spoke about the employment Sychev. «He stated and could play for us. But he has employment in one of the projects. As soon as he is released, he joins the team. In the championship of Russia, I think, in some of the games he will play. Perhaps on stage in Moscow. But we will start the championship of Moscow, where Dmitry, I think, will be,» said he, adding that in Portugal, was seriously injured goalkeeper Andrew Suchlicki.