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No regrets for Lech star Krivets

Published: Friday 30 April 2010, 14.25CET
Leaving FC BATE Borisov for Lech Poznań seemed an odd move for Belarus midfielder Sergei Krivets but the Dostoevski-reading 23-year-old told UEFA.com life in Poland suits him fine.
by Denis Orlov
from Minsk
No regrets for Lech star Krivets
Sergei Krivets (centre) celebrates a goal for BATE ©AFP
Published: Friday 30 April 2010, 14.25CET

No regrets for Lech star Krivets

Leaving FC BATE Borisov for Lech Poznań seemed an odd move for Belarus midfielder Sergei Krivets but the Dostoevski-reading 23-year-old told UEFA.com life in Poland suits him fine.

Belarus's Player of the Year for 2009, midfielder Sergei Krivets was widely regarded as his nation's most promising young player, but after winning four titles with FC BATE Borisov – and scoring the club's first UEFA Champions League group-stage goal against Juventus on 30 September 2008 – he chose to sign for Polish side Lech Poznań in the winter. It was a surprise move for many of his fans, but the 23-year-old told UEFA.com he is happy he took that decision.

UEFA.com: Why did you sign for Lech and not a team from a bigger league?

Sergei Krivets: They put in the most detailed offer, and the negotiations with BATE went very fast. I like Lech because of their potential. They rely on me and I get regular games here. I also rate the team who are fighting for the title and will play in Europe.

UEFA.com: How have you found your new club?

Krivets: I like the fact that it is all new to me. The fitness training is not like anything I had at my last club and there are so many players from different countries; I expected five or six while but it is more like ten. It is a good experience to play in such a multicultural team.

UEFA.com: You are considered to be one of Belarus's top players but have played just five times for the national team. Why is that?

Krivets: I haven't been at my best with the national teams. Take the away game against Croatia in September; I had lots of chances but missed them. Had I scored, coach Bernd Stange would have more reasons to select me. I haven't shown my full potential with the national team but I really want to earn a place in the first XI.

UEFA.com: Everyone in Belarus knows your goal against Juventus. Do you watch that video clip often?

Krivets: It used to be on TV all the time so it was impossible to avoid seeing it, but now I have pretty much forgotten about that goal. Friends and relatives occasionally remind me about it.

UEFA.com: You can play in defence and midfield. Which position do you prefer?

Krivets: I prefer to play as an attacking midfielder. I have no problem playing on the wings, but if I could choose, a position behind the first striker is the best for me.

UEFA.com: What are your hobbies?

Krivets: I like team sports, especially ice hockey; I can skate and play sometimes. I used to watch Dinamo Minsk hockey matches back in Belarus. Also I like to play football management games, go to the cinema and read. I have been reading the Russian classics recently; Dostoevski, Turgenev.

UEFA.com: Did you have a boyhood hero?

Krivets: I liked Ronaldo, and Zinédine Zidane after him. Nowadays, Francesco Totti impresses me the most, not just as a player but as a personality. I am amazed by his commitment to AS Roma. It is impossible not to respect him. He is a true leader and role model.

Last updated: 30/04/10 19.11CET

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