Mario Fernandes – Sbornaya’s Latest Brazilian

When Brazilian born Guilherme Alvim Marinato, better known as Guilherme, played 45 minutes for Russia against Lithuania in March, he became the first player born outside of the former Soviet Union to play for Sbornaya. On Wednesday another Brazilian, CSKA’s Mario Fernandes, received Russian citizenship as well, but this is also where the similarities between the two ends. Because while Lokomotiv Moscow goalkeeper Guilherme went the long way through the official channels, learning Russian and … [Read more...]

EURO 2016 Player Profile: Guilherme

Introduction: While there is no doubt that Igor Akinfeev is Russia’s first choice, the fight to become his back-up is more even. With guys like Yuri Lodygin, Stanislav Kritsyuk, Sergey Ryzhikov, Aleksandr Selikhov and Soslan Dzhanaev all performing well in the RFPL, many fans were unhappy with the fact that Leonid Slutsky decided to call up Lokomotiv Moscow’s Brazilian born Guilherme, who received his Russian passport last year. In March, Guilherme became the first player born outside the CIS … [Read more...]

Slutsky’s Choice Part I: Goalkeepers

With Euro 2016 just two months away, discussions on squad selection are starting to be heard across Europe. On the road to France, Fabio Capello and Leonid Slutsky utilized a large pool of players. Some being long-serving veterans occupying vital positions yet to be filled by fresh talent while others are much younger competing for spots with multiple candidates. In the aftermath of the Euro 2012 debacle, Fabio Capello built a new core of players to replace those preferred by Dick … [Read more...]

Sbornaya’s Goalkeeper Battle Exemplifies Naturalisation Debate

Friendly games have always been a heavily discussed issue among football fans. Are they really that useful, or are they simply an annoyance in the club calendar? Anyway, a few months before the kick off for the 2016 European Championships in Paris, Russia played two friendlies, the last two before the presentation of the preliminary squad for the Euros. For the two games against Lithuania and France, the national team coach Leonid Slutsky called up four goalkeepers, granting them each 45 … [Read more...]

Can Guilherme Play a Role on Sbornaya?

Much have been said and written about Brazilian born goalkeeper Guilherme who became the first non-CIS naturalized player to play for the Russian national team. Guilherme played 45 minutes in the friendly against Lithuania last week, but what are the perspectives for Guilherme on Sbornaya? While Guilherme’s debut stole most of the headlines, he wasn’t the only debutant in the goal as FC Krasnodar’s Stanislav Kritsyuk played the first half in Sbornaya’s goal. With the inclusion of Kritsyuk and … [Read more...]

Kresic’s Mistake Proves Costly for Lokomotiv

CSKA emerged victorious at Cherkizovo today, beating host Lokomotiv 2-1 in a hotly contested derby. The match was held just the day after another Moscow derby at Khimki Arena, which saw Spartak trash arch rival Dynamo, 4-1. Keisuke Honda and Ahmed Musa were on the scoresheet for CSKA this afternoon, while Dmitri Tarasov scored the loan goal for Lokomotiv. Lokomotiv began the match well enough, controlling the midfield for the first ten minutes of the game. However, CSKA Moscow started to take … [Read more...]