Russia U16 set off for Israel


Our team will set off for Israel on 8 February for a five-day training camp to prepare for the tournament.

The coaching staff headed by Andrey Mitin called 23 players to take part in the training camp.

Goalkeepers: Vitaly Botnar ("Lokomotiv" M), Gleb Petropavlovskiy ("Chertanovo"), Maxim Semenov ("Zenit").

Defenders: Leonid Gerchikov, Alexey Nikitenko (both "Chertanovo"), Andrey Nurgaleev ("Strogino"), German Osnov ("Dynamo" M), Danil Pelikh ("Krasnodar"), Daniil Prokhin ("Zenit"), Daniil Fedorov (CSKA), Nikita Sharkov ("Lokomotiv" M).

Midfielders: Maxim Danilin, Dmitry Markitesov, Fanil Sungatullin (all – "Spartak" M), Andrey Mazurin, Alexey Usanov, Igor Shkolik ("Dynamo" M), Alexander Nadolskiy (Chertanovo), Maxim Petrov, Edgar Sevikyan, Danila Chernyakov (all - "Lokomotiv" M).

Forwards: Maksim Kutovoy ("Krasnodar"), Nikita Sudarikov (Spartak M).

Andrey Mitin, Russia U16 Head coach:

- On these dates Russian youth teams used to play traditionally two friendly matches against Israel but this time the host association decided to stage an international friendly mini-tournament. That was good news for us as we will play against three opponents in the format similar to official competitions.

The tournament will take place in mid-February, at this time all our players will have different functional conditions which causes a certain concern. We will have to improve the competitive level of all the players to the same degree in order to perform well at the tournament. It shall also be noted that we have a great number of forced substitutions on the team list due to players’ injuries and diseases. For example, there will be four newbies in the team – Petropavlovskiy, Nurgaleev, Prokhin and Sudarikov.

We have the only task for the tournament which is to win. I don’t think that our opponents have ideal conditions - we all have the same problems. We will have new tactical tasks at the tournament. We will rather play more open football than we did in previous matches versus England, Italy, the USA or France. I don’t think that our opponents at the tournament will be as initiative oriented as the above-mentioned teams. Therefore, we have to be more organized in the team performance.


13 February (Monday)

12:00 RUSSIA – Bulgaria.
16:00 Israel – Czech Republic.

14 February (Tuesday)

12:00 Czech Republic – RUSSIA.
16:00 Israel – Bulgaria.

16 February (Thursday)

12:00 Bulgaria – Czech Republic.
13:00 Israel – RUSSIA.

* Moscow time is indicated in the match calendar.