Thirteen FC Krasnodar Players Departed to Their National Teams
Thirteen FC Krasnodar players departed to take part in matches of the national teams to be staged under the aegis of FIFA in November 2019.
The Krasnodar full-back Sergei Petrov went to the Russia national team that is facing a clash against Belgium on 16 November and then an away game with San Marino on 19 November. Team Russia had already qualified for the UEFA Euro 2020 finals, so now they will challenge the first position in their Group I. It should be noted that the second FC Krasnodar Academy-trained player from a different club has joined the primary team of our country. Apart from the striker Nikolay Komlichenko (FK Mladá Boleslav), Stanislav Cherchesov has also summoned midfielder Daniil Fomin (FC Ufa).
Centre-back Jón Guðni Fjóluson departed to the Iceland national team. The Scandinavians will take one last shot to reach the second position in their group. They will have games vs. Turkey (14 November) and vs. Moldova (17 November), both away.
On the contrary, it is the second position that the Sweden national team has to keep. The most obvious positive scenario is to avoid losing in Romania on 15 November (since Romania is the next team in pursuit with a one-point gap) and to beat the Faroe Islands at home on 18 November. The Blågult will be assisted in this endeavor by FC Krasnodar attacking midfielder Kristoffer Olsson and striker Marcus Berg.
Another Krasnodar centre-back, Uroš Spajić, will join his Serbia national team in the final push. The Serbs will play at home against Luxembourg on 14 November and against Ukraine on 17 November. There is only a one-point gap between them and Team Portugal in the second position, but even the two wins will give them a slim chance to overtake Cristiano Ronaldo and his partners. The Portugal national team will meet Lithuania and Luxembourg, and it is highly unlikely those will make a splash.
The third Krasnodar centre-back, Aleksandr Martynovich, will cap for Team Belarus that is facing the last game of the Euro 2020 qualifying vs. Germany away on 16 November, and then a scrimmage in Montenegro on 19 November.
Seven FC Krasnodar Youth Academy-trained players have been included in the roster of the Russia national U-21 team. They are players of the Krasnodar first team, namely goalkeeper Matvei Safonov, midfielder Daniil Utkin, forwards Magomed-Shapi Suleymanov and Ivan Ignatyev, and the goalkeeper of FC Krasnodar-2, Denis Adamov. Apart from them, two more Academy-trained players currently on loan in other clubs will join the Russian Junior Team, midfielder Artyom Goluveb (FC Ufa) and centre-back Aleksei Tatayev (FK Mladá Boleslav). Team Russia Under-21 will meet Latvia at home on 15 November and Serbia away on 19 November.