So Russian…


Ever fancied coming to the stadium when it’s -1 (and it’s not considered cold) and in a real snowstorm, especially when the stadium is so old and has no roof?

7200 fans in Nizhny Novgorod did it on Sunday. I could’ve been there too. Fortunately, I had to watch it on PPV while at the cottage (still, I was forced to) in warm and with dad’s cookery.

Probably that’s the reason why I consider the game boring and so, so lame. There were two bad teams playing on the bad pitch (it was more black than green) in bad weather on the bad stadium. Either wanted to win, but does this matter when they had no conditions to play football? They tried to, but…

Thus, it was not football. It was painful to watch. I have no idea why TWO Russian commentators liked this game. It was disgusting. All two goals were scored from the penalties (Peev – Sapogov) and it all ended 1-1. Honestly, I’ve switched the channels a couple of times.

And you know what? I was not wondered. I’ve expected the game to be like this. This is what you expect when you’re watching Russian football. You have to expect it. Of course, it’s not always bad (Moscow derbies have, in my opinion, better atmosphere than many European derbies, but that’s Moscow), but the outsiders’ games are usually like this.

Nevertheless, I’ve seen the new Volga twice this year – against Kuban and Amkar. They’re not hopeless, but I’m not sure they’ll stay in the Premier League. Yuri Kalitvintsev (who already played for Nizhny Novgorod in mid-1990s while a Lokomotiv NN player) had to make a team in less than two months. It’s obviously hard, and I don’t think Volga could be judged now, but now, when we can see Mordovia playing like they never did after Dorinel Munteanu took care of the team and Krylia Sovetov making some serious signings, it’s all very and very doubtful. And this match is a description. A full description of Volga. Of course, they are fighters. You can’t see a single glamourous Kokorin-like face (yes, he’s considered a glamorous Cosmopolitan-like clubber here) and Alexey Sapogov’s haircut reminded me of Thor. They won’t mind coming from the pitch rolled in the mud if that means taking three points, but are they strong enough to stay in the elite, and, if they are, do they believe in it? I hope yes. Because the fifth largest city had no proper team in 2000s, and that’s horrible. Sport was been killed there once, and only now it’s reborn.

I think, after all, that we deserve it, whatever the team looks like. Whatever the pitch looks like. Whatever the stadium looks like. It will all be fixed soon as we’re hosting the World Cup. I hope the next time I can tell you more about it, the future stadium, the allocation and all.

Sorry for grammar mistakes and off-topic if happened. Cheers, your ЯUSSIAИ correspondent.

Author: Pavel Borisov

Born and raised in Nizhny Novgorod, but live in Vancouver most of the time. Supported CSKA as a youngster, lost interest in football, and started supporting Spartak when I found it again. Hate the national team, however it sounds like. More about the surrounding stuff than football itself.

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