The Russian Championship continues to lose stars. Now the best assistant of last season and the key Dynamo midfielder Sebastian Szymanski has left the RPL. But where was the 23-year-old Pole? How many have written about the interest in Shimansky from clubs from the top leagues and that the Moscow club can make good money by selling almost its main asset. In reality, Sebastian goes on loan to the average Dutch league by the standards of big European football: according to journalist Tomasz Wlodarczyk, Feyenoord signs the midfielder with the right to buy.

From the roar of Safonov it becomes scary!  10 highlights of the RPL tour that you might have missed
From the roar of Safonov it becomes scary! 10 highlights of the RPL tour that you might have missed

It seems that in the top European championships they are starting to lose interest in RPL stars after a series of unsuccessful transfers. Almost everyone who left Russia in recent years got lost at the highest level. West Ham shelled CSKA for €30m a year ago for Nikola Vlašić. The Croatian had a vague season in England – scored 1+2 in 31 matches for the Hammers – and now they want to send him to Torino or somewhere else on loan.

Serdar Azmun scored like a machine in the RPL and beat Zenit club records. Kurban Berdyev saw the Iranian striker in the best clubs in Europe. In winter, Azmun, who refused to renew the contract, was given to Bayer for pretzel and weisswurst. The Germans were happy – they got such a scorer! But Serdar played 11 matches and scored only one goal. He is not a competitor to Patrick Schick. The only plus so far from this transfer for Bayer: the arrival of Azmun woke up the second striker of the team, Lucas Alario, who unexpectedly got excited, and as a result, the Argentine managed to be sold to Eintracht in the summer.

Serdar Azmoun

Serdar Azmoun

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Matthias Normann was called a passing defensive midfielder unique to the RPL. Rostov loaned the Norwegian to Norwich for €2 million with an option to buy. At the end of the season, the Canaries safely flew to the Championship, finishing in last, 20th place. Norman played 20 matches in the Premier League from the first minutes, and the Norwich bosses decided to abandon the purchase of a “unique passing defensive midfielder”. The Norwegian again did not pull England, but does not want to return to Rostov-on-Don.

Alex Kral went to conquer the Premier League with Vlašić – to West Ham. For the whole season he entered the field six times, and played in the Premier League … for one minute. This ended the adventure of the Czech in the UK. In the summer of 2022, the midfielder, who suspended the contract with Spartak, was picked up by Schalke, who returned to the Bundesliga. Well, if in Gelsenkirchen Kral will become a base player, although there is no certainty about this.

Another example – Grzegorz Krychowiak left Krasnodar in the spring and found that by the age of 32 he had been forgotten in Europe. Sevilla and PSG in the profile did not help the Pole to join a team of a more serious level than the Greek AEK. In the off-season, Krychowiak agreed to the proposal from Saudi Arabia: financial conditions turned out to be more important for Grzegorz than the level of the tournament in which he will play before the 2022 World Cup.

And there have been many such stories in recent years. Fedor Smolov did not pull the Example, Quincy Promes stayed at Sevilla for only a year, Branislav Ivanovich returned to England and quietly finished, and Alexei Miranchuk could not win a place at the base of Atalanta, although sometimes he successfully shoots in series. Now Artyom Dziuba is not getting along with Turkey in any way – the pause for some reason dragged on. What’s wrong with the championship of Russia? Why do cool legionnaires, playing RPL, turn from predators into herbivores? However, they may not be that cool after all.

Magomed Ozdoev, who left Zenit, recently made a rather sincere confession in an interview: “If you want to beat Chelsea, Juventus or Lazio, you need to invest tens of millions of euros. The legionnaires brought by Zenit are top football players for Russia, but by the standards of Europe they are average. Excuse me, in Europe they buy football players for €100 million, while in our country they buy for €5 million. It’s a matter of opportunities. When Zenit brought the multimillion-dollar Hulk and Witsel, the team left the group ”(Sport24).



Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, Championship

Indeed, even Malcolm was just a substitute at Barcelona. And, for example, Douglas Santos, perhaps the most stable player of Zenit, was taken away from the St. Petersburg club from the second Bundesliga. It is sad that even the average legionnaires for Europe are noticeably stronger than Russian football players.

We hear from some of the players in our national team that they dream of Europe. Dmitry Barinov, Arsen Zakharyan, Hamid Agalarov and others want to test themselves in the top leagues. But what awaits those who leave is shown by the experience of Vlašić and others.

Which of the legionnaires was the toughest to “throw” Russian clubs for money.  There are only four of them
Which of the legionnaires was the toughest to “throw” Russian clubs for money. There are only four of them

The moral is this: if you are not a talent of the caliber of the Hulk or Wagner Love, and are not ready to prove that you are capable of becoming cool in the top European leagues – stay in Russia, where there is star status and a salary that you are unlikely to receive in Europe. Where the fans love you, but at the same time you can safely go out into the street after defeats. Where vacation is given twice a year for a whole month. In the RPL, the life of a successful football player is raspberry. And European cups, we hope, one day will return.

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