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07 May 2014

The first get-together of the Russian national team took place on April 11-13 at the suburban training ground of the team in Sokolova Pustyn (Stupino District of the Moscow Region).

The management of the team decided to use that get-together in order to consider potential new members of the national team. 14 football players were invited from various cities of Russia, only two of them had played in Greece, the team captain Maxim Kovalchuk and the goalkeeper Ruslan Safarov.

All candidates got the official outfit with national symbols pursuant to the new contract with the technical sponsor of the Russian team, UMBRO company, which has promised to provide kit for all candidates throughout the year.

Within the preparation of the Russian team for МiniEURO 2014 and WMF Championship 2015, an international tournament with participation of three teams was arranged: the Russian team, the Armenian team and the team of the Stupino District.

Russia and Armenia played in the final match. Russia won 2:1.

The senior couch of the Russian team Dmitry Smirnov was satisfied with the first get-together of the team, the win in the international tournament and the fact that the Russian team obtained its own training ground.

Skipper Maxim Kovalchuk noted the enhanced quality of the football on the ground extended according to the latest decisions of the executive.

And the head of the Armenian team Karen Beglaryan thanked Russia for the invitation to the tournament and expressed a hope that Armenia would become a member to the EMF and get an invitation to the МiniEURO.

Picture gallery of the international tournament: http://xn--88-9kc4bowghp.xn--p1ai/index.php?app=gallery&module=images&section=slideshow&type=album&typeid=1716