Voices from Russia

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Mighty FK Lokomotiv… The Side to Back!

Since we mentioned FK Lokomotiv in the above article, how about some snaps of the fans of my fave footy side? Do I have my “colours”… be serious… of course, I do! See ya at the pitch (and for a friendly brewskie or two afterwards, too)!

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“Vashe mesto tut”: “Your place is here” (idiomatically, “This is where you belong”)

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Start ’em in on the good stuff early… here’s a fan for life, I’ll warrant. Way to go!

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Be SERIOUS… Be a Loko-fan, like all the other decent human beings in the known universe. There’s always room for one more (and it’s your turn to buy the next round, dear)…

BMD

Thursday, 19 June 2008

The Russian National Football Team is Amongst the Eight Best Teams in Europe

The Russian national football team has for the first time qualified for the quarter-finals of the European championship. On Wednesday, it beat Sweden 2-0 in a decisive match in Group D. The Russians needed a win to continue playing in the tournament, to go for the gold. Sweden would be satisfied with a draw, taking into account the results of the previous matches. In fact, it rarely misses a chance to play a draw. Moreover, the two teams have met five times already, and the Russians won only once and lost three times. Their impressive attacking helped the Russian team to overcome this psychological barrier. Russia dominated the whole match with aggressive-style play, resulting in a 2-0 win. This removed all questions concerning who was qualified for the quarter-finals of the European championship. Sweden failed to find a hole in the Russian defence, which has been considered the weakest area in its play. Sergei Semak, the Russian captain who made a significant contribution in the win, could hardly believe it. “It’s still difficult to understand what the team did since there was no such win for a long time in Russian football. The team’s quite happy that it pleased the country. We play next in two days, and, now, the players are very tired, but, they have to think about the next match. No time to celebrate the win”.

The Russian team confirmed its status as a “dark horse” since the experts and bookmakers gave it only the fourth place in the group after Spain, Greece (the defending champion), and Sweden before the start of the championship. Significantly, the Russian team coached by Dutchman Guus Hiddink is amongst the best eight teams in Europe for the first time. Coach Hiddink is considered lucky. Owing to this luck, the Russian side ended the matches in the selecting group successfully and joined the final tournament. After a severe defeat by Spain in the first match, the Russian team had no space to make a mistake. In fact, each next match was more difficult than the previous one. The Russian team has to defeat the Netherlands in the quarter-finals to really vie for the gold. Guus Hinddink coached the Dutch team for several years and he’s quite aware of its strong and weak points. He said this would be a special match for him. It’ll be a special match for the Russians, too. The reason here isn’t only the fact that the Russian fans expect only a win. The coach of the Dutch team is the famous player Marco van Bastan who scored a magnificent goal out of the two scored by the Dutch when the Netherlands defeated the Soviet Union in the final of the European championship in 1988. Perhaps, the Russian players will try their best to take revenge on the Dutch coach for this 20-year-old defeat.

19 June 2008

Konstantin Garibov

Voice of Russia World Service

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=28581&cid=63&p=19.06.2008

Editor’s Note:

I asked a male European friend about Guus Hiddink. To say that I received an earful is an understatement. You’d think that Coach Hiddink walks on water, raises the dead, reduces your cholesterol level, and eliminates the heartbreak of psoriasis. The Dutch had best eat a double portion of their Wheaties, for, apparently, Coach Hiddink is the best football coach in Europe. Now, if only Russia could lure Nikos Liberopoulos to FC Zenit with a big enough pay-packet…

BMD

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