1st Tier Poster
The Big One: Estonia vs Russia on 24th March
A bit more than a week until a very important Euro qualifier where we face our fiercest rival in international stage. Home matches against Russia always have a special importance and atmosphere and we have done well in them so far, winning a friendly 2-1 before the WC2002 and drawing 1-1 in WC2006 qualifier in 2005.
Our start to the campaign last year was poor, 0-1 home defeats against Macedonia and Israel (the last one especially dissapointing as we played good) and Russia beat us away 2-0. So no goals scored yet and no points either. This match means a lot, another defeat would be a huge blow.
Russia's manager Guus Hiddink has already announced the team travelling to Estonia:
Keepers: Igor Akinfejev (Moskva CSKA), Vjatšeslav Malafejev (Sankt-Peterburgi Zeniit)
Defenders: Aleksandr Anjukov (Zeniit), Aleksei Berezutski, Sergei Ignaševitš (mőlemad CSKA), Deniss Kolodin (Moskva Dinamo), Roman Šiškin (Moskva Spartak)
Midfielders: Jevgeni Aldonin, Juri Žirkov (CSKA), Dinijar Biljaletdinov (Moskva Lokomotiiv), Vladimir Bőstrov, Jegor Titov, Dmitri Torbinski (Spartak), Igor Denissov (Zeniit), Igor Semšov (Dinamo)
Forwards: Andrei Aršavin (Zeniit), Aleksandr Keržakov (Sevilla), Ivan Saenko (Nürnberg), Jevgeni Savin (Permi Amkar), Dmitri Sőtšjov (Lokomotiiv)
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