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Naturalized Players for the Russian Football Team
July 16, 2014 10:47


Talks on how to strengthen the national team with naturalized players resumed after the disastrous performance of Russians at the Brazil World Cup. And there are already several volunteers.

Almost every top national team has naturalized players, who play different roles on the field, including leading. So, “Krasnodar's” forward Wanderson expressed his desire to play for Russia, if offered. "Of course, if I receive an offer to play for the Russian team, I'll take it," the Brazilian said. 

Wanderson came to "Krasnodar" from Swedish “GAIS”. In his first season in the Premier League, Brazilian became the top scorer, scoring 13 goals in 22 games. By the end of the next season the forward was among championship's 33 best players.

There was a case in the Russian football history when a foreign player was naturalized, but he was not granted the chance to play for the country. In 2000, Cameroonian Jerry-Christian Tchuissé, then the "Spartak" quarterback, received Russian citizenship, but things didn't go as far as that. 

Next attempt to introduce foreigners in the Russian team was almost ten years after that and again initiated by "Spartak". The management of the red-white team tried to suggest the resultant forward Welliton, who in two consecutive seasons was the leading scorer of the Russian championship. 

However, the Brazilian did not receive the citizenship. Naturalization of players for the national team is directly related to the limit on foreign players in the Russian championship. If Wanderson receives Russian citizenship, then in "Krasnodar" or in any other club he would stop to be a legionnaire as a team cannot include on the field more than seven at the same time. Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko answering the question about possible naturalization of the players for the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020, said that Russia does not follow this way, at least in the developed sports and football. 


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Russian Football Team     

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