For the first time in the Cup of Russia, several crazy amateur teams will perform. Their stories are guns
One is supervised by the son of the former president of Rubin, the other is coached by a former Loko player. Four cool stories (and we are not talking about Amkal now).
The current Cup of Russia is an amazing and not like Russia phenomenon. The clubs attract a lot of money for the tournament, they have come up with a very complex system of drawing and are trying to do everything to make the tournament interesting. Naturally, when there are no European competitions, it is necessary to increase interest in our own competitions. And it looks like the RFU will succeed. And some of the clubs that will start playing in the first round have their own amazing, albeit local, history. And now we are not talking about Amkal or 2DROTS. Below are interesting stories about commands that you most likely do not know.
Nefis: CEO is 23 years old. He is the son of the former president of Rubin
The club from Kazan will play in the first round with Khimik-August. The CEO of Nefis is 23 years old. His name is Konstantin Samarenkin. Significant surname for Tatarstan. After all, his father Dmitry is the chairman of the board of directors of a fat plant and a deputy of the local State Council. And from 2011 to 2012, Samarenkin Sr. was the president of Rubin, during that period the team won the Russian Cup for the first time in its history.
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Konstantin is a graduate of the Krasnodar Academy, he played on the same team with Ignatiev, Shapi and the rest. But it didn’t go any further. He ended his career and flew into professional football from the other side – he created a club with decent prospects. In the first season, the team won the championship of Tatarstan, and in this season they got the right to participate in the Cup.
The club has a private sponsor – the Nefis Group company, plus there are several local partners. Plans – to declare in the second division, and then get into the first. The concept is to take the local youth who did not catch the chance at Rubin and sign players with Tatar roots. A kind of local team with private money.
Temp: coach – former Loko player, media director – Match TV commentator
This team is waiting for a derby – with Dynamo Barnaul. Tempo has a powerful history for the Altai Territory – until 1968 it was the main team in the region. Then the best players moved to Dynamo, and the club itself survived until 1998 under the supervision of the Transmash plant.
Then there is a long pause. And more recently, a revival. But with private money. In the first season – a victory in the championship of the Altai Territory and second place in the Cup. Further – a victory in the Cup of Siberia and the right to participate in the Cup of Russia.
The head coach of the team Ivan Starkov is a former footballer of Lokomotiv, Rostov, Khimki. Top scorer – Roman Sychev. But since the team plays in KFK, his main job is service in the Ministry of Emergency Situations. There is also a city prosecutor in Tempe. But a couple of status players – Nikita Vorona and Alexander Dzhuldinov played in Europe. Andrey Markov played for the Latvian Dinaburg in the Intertoto Cup.
There are also media people – for example, the commentator of “Match TV” Mikhail Melamed. He is responsible for communication with fans and the press at the club.
“Jasmine”: the club where Vladimir Fedotov started
The next story is from the town of Mikhailovsk with a population of less than 10 thousand people. The Jasmine team is known for the fact that the current CSKA coach Vladimir Fedotov started in it. And only then he moved to Uralmash. Soon the team ceased to exist, but in 2013 it was revived. At the expense of enthusiasts and private money. The sponsor of the club was the construction corporation of the same name.
The current roster is formed mainly from players who did not suit Ural. Or they played there, but did not gain a foothold. Jasmine is an excellent project for such purposes. Even if not a fully professional club, but with salaries and bonuses. And also with ambitions to reach the second division.
Much will depend on sponsorship investments. But a lot – and from the results. If you suddenly manage to advance along the Cup grid, then another professional club will appear in the Sverdlovsk region.
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“Khimik-August”: a club from the village – in the second division
Another very authentic club from a tiny urban-type settlement in Chuvashia. But with professional status. Khimik-August has been playing in regional leagues for many years, winning, and this year it made its debut in the second division. The population of the village they represent is less than 10 thousand people. The stadium is one and a half thousand, but it meets all the requirements of the RFU. And the sponsor is Russia’s largest manufacturer of chemical plant protection products. Private money and decent progress.
Not a single big name, mostly local pupils. But the coach with a very sonorous name – Valery Lobanovsky. There is no connection with the famous specialist, but a curious coincidence.
Regional authorities support the project and in several interviews they say that the leaders put their whole soul into the club. And the locals love to come to the stadium and support their guys. There they know exactly all the players. And they love them very much.