Russia U18 set for Slovakia Cup
Russia got to Group A along with Turkey, Ireland and the Czech Republic. Group B includes Slovakia, the USA, Hungary and Belarus.
At the group stage of Slovakia Cup 2017 the teams will play under the robin round format in their groups. On the final day of the competition the groups winners will challenge the title; the runners-up of the group stage will chase for the third place; the third placed teams will play for the fifth place; the fourth placed teams will play for the seventh place.
The coaching staff announced the players list:
Goalkeepers: Dmitriy Sychev (CSKA Moscow), Nikita Yavorskiy (Chertanovo).
Defenders: Kirill Kiryanin, Maksim Matveev, Aleksandr Mukhin, Kirill Shchetinin (all - "Locomotive" M), Danila Molodnyakov (Chertanovo), Maksim Stepanenko (Spartak M).
Midfielders: Grigoriy Borisenko, Vladislav Rachkov, Ivan Shmakov (all - "Locomotive" M), Ilya Ilya Golyatov, Ilya Levchenko, Stepan Melnikov, Magomed Rabadanov (all - "Spartak" M), Nikita Pershin (Chertanovo), Stepan Surikov, Dmitriy Chamzhaev (both "Rubin"),
Forwards: Aristarkh Mosin ("Dinamo" M), Maksim Savelyev ("Rubin").
Our team will set off for Slovakia on Wednesday, 19 April.
Mikhail Galaktionov, Russia U18 Head coach:
- At the end of April we will take part in the traditional international tournament in Slovakia. Last year Russia U18 (players born in or after 1998) performed rather successfully at Slovakia Cup and got to the final of the competition. In this edition the participants are stronger; beside the teams which traditionally play at this tournament Ireland and Turkey are invited.
We continue getting to know the players better. The coaching staff invite new players who showed their best in their clubs, thus we can speak about the competition within the team. Of course, the main task for the team is the selection of players for playing in official competitions. And, no doubt, we set for winning. The team has to do at least at the same level as last year.