Alexey Smertin: 'I am happy that Kazakhstan got in the same group with the Russian national team'

Alexey Smertin: 'I am happy that Kazakhstan got in the same group with the Russian national team'

05 December, 14:40
The former football player of London FC 'Chelsea' and the Russian national team, Director of the International Relations and Foreign Policy of the Russian Football Union Alexei Smertin commented on the European Championship qualifying round draw.

- Mr. Smertin, what can you say on the results of the draw?

- I am happy that Kazakhstan got in the same group with the Russian team. I am pleased, because I was born in the Altai region, close to Kazakhstan. I spent my childhood in your country, having played in various tournaments. It's nice that a lot of Russian football players played or play in your championship. On the other hand, we are also rivals. I think that will not be easy to play away. But at the same time, I think that the favorite of the group is Belgium. They performed well at the World Cup in Russia. I really hope that Kazakhstan will be able to do their best in the upcoming qualification.

- What do you know about the Kazakhstani football?

- Recently I've been there. It is clear, that football is developing in your country. There are some good football schools and I think a new generation of layers are growing.

-  Erkebulan Seidakhmet is playing for the Russian club 'UFA'. What can you say about him?

- I heard about him, but I have not seen his game yet.

- Can you say something about any other players of the Kazakhstan national team?

- I don't know anyone else.” I hope that in matches with the Russian national team we will get to know each other closer to your team.

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