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Elena Schegaleva

Published: Wednesday 1 February 2012, 13.21CET
Rossiyanka
Published: Wednesday 1 February 2012, 13.21CET

Elena Schegaleva

Rossiyanka

Previous clubs: ShVSM-Izmaylovo Moskva, FC Iskra St Petersburg

UEFA honours: UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship 2005

Which player most inspired you and why? Elena Fomina, who is the best central midfielder in the Russian league. She is great with the ball and has perfect vision. These are the most important qualities for a central midfielder.

Which coach most inspired you? My first coach Petr Kharitonov.

What was the best advice they gave you? Believe in yourself and everything will follow.

Best player you've played with? Alina Pellegrino.

Toughest opponent? Maria Popova.

What are your memories of your first club as a child? Playing in a great team, trips abroad for tournaments, and men's kit that did not fit me.

What tip would you give a young player hoping to succeed? Love football in yourself and not yourself in football. Never give up. The strongest person is one that suffers several setbacks, yet still succeeds.

Last updated: 12/03/12 15.30CET

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