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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old November 2nd, 2005, 10:23 Thread Starter
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in Latvia and Estonia NT, any Russians?

in Latvia and Lithuania , there are large Russian minorities,
how about in NTs?
but in Latvia squad, all players' surnames are suffix with -s, all of them Latvians ?
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In Latvia, a lot of them. But i can't tell you which ones.
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Estonia and Lithuania aren't quite the same states. In Lithuania there isn't large Russian community.
In Estonia's NT, sure, many of them. They are all Estonian's citizens and speak Estonian.
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post #4 of 9 (permalink) Old November 9th, 2005, 22:02
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in Latvia and Lithuania , there are large Russian minorities,
how about in NTs?
but in Latvia squad, all players' surnames are suffix with -s, all of them Latvians ?
look for the players who have 'ov' near the end of their names followed by 's'.
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post #5 of 9 (permalink) Old January 28th, 2008, 12:59
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look for the players who have 'ov' near the end of their names followed by 's'.
Not quite right - my surname ends with "ovs", but I am Latvian.
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Well, many would argue that a lot of the Latvian NT Russians do not speak fluent Latvian nor sing their anthem nor find themselves as really Latvian. I myself can not state that as a fact though.

In the case of Estonia, I can say for sure - being Estonian I obviously should know - that the guys with Russian names have fully integrated into the Estonian society and feel themselves as Estonians. Goes without saying they speak good Estonian and in many cases like to sing the anthem and I am proud that they are part of the national team setup. There are many opposite examples floating around in the Estonian league pyramids though as is in the society but these are bad apples incapable of integrating and in most cases blaming everybody else. So the Estonian NT is a great example of integration.

Feel free to argue against the Latvian NT subject.

PS! Damn, only now noticed this is what many call an 'ancient thread'. Sorry
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Well, welcome to xtratime Josef. And ZZbatam since i haven't read you in this forum yet.
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post #8 of 9 (permalink) Old February 4th, 2008, 12:27
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Feel free to argue against the Latvian NT subject.
Unfortunately, almost everybody of Russians can't speak Latvian. I'll say more - they are not loyal to country they represent and if they would be better players (and mother Russia needed them) they would run away without thinking and played for Russia. It's easy to spot Russian in Latvian NT - they are those, who don't sing anthem. That's why most of Latvians don't give a FCUK about football (of course we support our NT, but that's it) and preffer basketball, ice hockey, bobsleigh e.t.c. BTW, in basketball league games we have attendance of 9'000-10'000 people, while football has miserable 200 .
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In Estonian NT Russian influence has been growing during the recent years as the policy of prefering Flora system players over Levadia and TVMK ones has completely ended. Usually there's about 4 players of Russian in the starting lineup.

In recent years Dimitrijev, Stepanov, Kruglov, Terehhov, Vassiljev and Kotenko have played regular part and several others have played some matches too.

But I predict that Russian influence will be dropping in the future as most of the promising youngsters in the league are Estonian and even Levadia will soon have more Estonians as talented new youngsters are promoted into the first team (Puri brothers, Teniste).

Big games are easy than the other games, unfortunately. Every times we have the control the games, under the control the games, during the games we had the some possibilities, some big chances, some big okazyons, something like that but what can I do, sometimes? And….it’s the football, that’s the football, something happened. Everything is something happened. - Fatih Terim
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