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: Roman Neustadter

Introduction: The inclusion of Roman Neustadter in Leonid Slutsky’s squad rounded off what has been one of the most dramatic seasons of the last few years. Despite having two caps for Germany and being born in Ukraine, the Schalke 04 defensive midfielder is eligible to play for Russia through his father’s roots in the Soviet Union and having only appeared in friendlies for Der Mannschaft. The “will-he, won’t-he?” speculation regarding his obtaining Russian citizenship was a welcome … [Read more...]