New hope: Russian national team on beach football will play in the Euroleague

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Russian national team on beach football opens season the first stage of the Euroleague, which will be held from 23 to 25 June in Belgrade.

Return the leading positions

Euroleague has been held annually since 1998, and the Russian team consistently rises to the podium since 2007. During this time the national team four times, won a victory, conceding on this indicator only Spanish and Portuguese (five times), once was second and five times third, including the last two seasons. Also the current Champions of the Euroleague is the national team of Ukraine, whose success is seen by many as a sensation.

The tournament for several years does not change: in the elite division of the Euroleague involved 12 teams, each of which will play six matches in two stages. All in all, it will be held five separate stages of the Euroleague. In the end, the top eight teams will qualify for the Superfinal, where the winner will be revealed. This season the final of the tournament will be held in Italy from August 31 to September 3.

Rivals of Russians on the first stage of Euroleague with the team of France (the game will be held on 23 June), Germany (24) Spain (25). On the second for the national team stage, which will be held in Moscow from 28 to 30 July, the two-time world Champions will confront the Greeks, the Swiss and the Belarusians.

In preparation for the first stage, the team of Mikhail Likhachev held a gathering in Moscow, and then decided on the composition, which completely as follows:

goalkeepers: Maxim Chuikov («locomotive»), Ivan Ostrovsky» (Crystal»);

field players: Alexey Makarov, Anton Shkarin, Egor Sikov, Boris Nikonorov (all — «locomotive»), Yury Krasheninnikov, Dmitri Shishin and Kirill Romanov («Crystal»), Vladislav Aksenov («Strogino»).

But the main permutation of the off-season is the appointment of team captain Ilya Leonov to the post of assistant coach. In this post titled player was replaced by Dmitry Gorin, who in January left for the post of General Director of football club «Shinnik».

«Ilya Leonov — the most experienced and titled player, captain of the «red devils», which we remember. It’s our legendary players. I don’t know if still such. And now I wish Ilya success, to exert maximum effort to ensure that the national team returned to their positions in the international arena. In beach soccer, we know only one place — first. I hope the experience, composure, tactical prowess of Elijah,» — said the Chairman of the beach soccer Committee of the RFU Sergei Anokhin.

He Leonov, is still the playing coach of the Moscow «Locomotive» noted that the career of a player does not finish. «Yes, the performance for the national team suspend and focus on helping Mikhail Viktorovich Likhachev. For the «locomotive» I in the application for all the tournaments I will play in the championship of Moscow, plus I in the application for super League. Plus many more club tournaments», — he stressed.

The Russian team owe it to the fans

The majority of the leading teams of the world in 2017 has already participated in the world championship, held in may in the Bahamas. Team Russia sensationally failed to qualify for the first time since 2006 not made in the final part. Actually last season the Russian team, izbalovana all his victories, it is impossible to bring in an asset – on account of the Likhachev team bronze medal at the European Cup, and Euroleague Intercontinental Cup.

Ending theme of the last world Cup, it should be noted that the Brazilians were finally able to regain the palm, leaving their opponents no chance and become a 14-time world Champions. Prior to this, the Brazilians won the tournament in 2009.

«We aim to win the Euroleague. In General, we want to win all the tournaments. Yes, it is a difficult task. But we have not qualified for the world Cup and in debt to our fans, so we will do everything to please them this season, playing everywhere just to win,» — said Anokhin the Agency «R-Sport».