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Shayakhmetov's Russia squad guide

Published: Friday 7 February 2014, 19.22CET
Vladislav Shayakhmetov talks UEFA.com through the Russia squad that will play Italy in the final, a 14 that include a workhorse, "one of the best pivots in the world" and a big comedian.
by Vladislav Shayakhmetov
from Antwerp
Shayakhmetov's Russia squad guide
Vladislav Shayakhmetov scored in Russia's 6-0 defeat of Romania in the quarter-finals ©Sportsfile
 

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Published: Friday 7 February 2014, 19.22CET

Shayakhmetov's Russia squad guide

Vladislav Shayakhmetov talks UEFA.com through the Russia squad that will play Italy in the final, a 14 that include a workhorse, "one of the best pivots in the world" and a big comedian.

1 Ivan Poddubny (MFK Dinamo, goalkeeper)
Our second-choice goalkeeper. He is a modest and family-orientated guy.

2 Vladislav Shayakhmetov (MFK Sinara Ekaterinburg, forward)
I like to spend time with my family. I can't evaluate how I play, people see everything from the sidelines. I play for you, the fans, for my family. We are like actors on set – we try to make a good show for the fans.

3 Nikolai Pereverzev (MFK Tyumen, forward)
He is the back line. He clears ball after ball. There some people who score goals and those who prevent them. He is a true captain. He is worthy of the armband.

4 Dmitri Lyskov (TTG-Ugra Yugorsk, defender)
A hard-working man. He is our workhorse. He is one of the best pivots in Russia. He used to play a lot with [Daniil] Kutuzov.

5 Sergei Sergeev (MFK Dinamo, defender)
The team's engine. He is the man who starts many of our movements and combinations. He does his job very conscientiously. If the coach asks him something we will definitely do it. He has two kids and will have more soon. He is a big professional.

6 Daniil Kutuzov (MFK Dina Moskva, defender)
I don't know him very well. We have played at different clubs, have rarely met in the national team. He is a modest and good man. A good player.

7 Pula (MFK Dinamo, defender)
He is a very cheerful and easy-going person, a very nice man. He scores a lot and brings us luck. He is a professional.

8 Eder Lima (TTG-Ugra Yugorsk, forward)
A nice lad, a goalscorer – a clinical player. He converts his chances very well. If he gets even a small chance he will do this, he will score.

9 Sergei Abramov (MFK Sinara Ekaterinburg, forward)
The youngest in our team and the biggest comedian. He likes to make fun, to joke, but when he gets on the pitch he becomes very serious.

10 Robinho (TTG-Ugra Yugorsk, forward)
His skills are just incredible. He has one of the fastest pairs of legs in our team. I haven't met him often previously and don't know what he does beyond the game. I think his family is one of his main priorities.

11 Cirilo (MFK Dinamo, forward)
One of the best pivots in the world. He can start a joke or laugh at other jokes, but he is the most serious among our Brazilians.

12 Gustavo (MFK Dinamo, goalkeeper)
Our first-choice goalkeeper. The best goalkeeper in the country and one who was named by Futsal Planet as the best in the world in 2013. He spends a lot of time with his family and doesn't show his emotions much.

13 Aleksandr Fukin (MFK Dinamo, forward)
We know each other very well, our families are close. He tries to be with his family as much as possible, at home. He has a son, he was born a little more than a year ago. He is a very masterful player.

14 Ivan Milovanov (MFK Tyumen, defender)
One of our young talents. He is shy and modest, a good player.

Vladislav Shayakhmetov was speaking to Mikhail Malkin

Last updated: 07/02/14 20.26CET

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