"We would be defeated again in European competitions": former Russian national team player complains about the level of Russian players
Former Russian national football player Alexander Mostovoy complained about the low level of teams and players from the aggressor country. A participant in two European Championships and the 1994 World Cup, he expressed confidence that his compatriots would have failed if they had been admitted to international competitions.
Mostovoy said this in an interview with the RB Sport portal. The former Spartak Moscow player, who became famous for his performances with Spanish side Celta, emphasized that only one Russian footballer currently meets the European level - Monaco midfielder Alexander Golovin.
"Golovin is the only one in the whole country who plays at a decent European level. We used to be able to name several names, but with each generation of good players there are fewer and fewer. Russian football is not moving forward. If our clubs were to play in European competitions now, we would be defeated again. Just like in the last few years. It's just that we're not playing there now, so no one is saying that the level has dropped," Mostovoy said.
Earlier, the honorary president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), Vyacheslav Koloskov, denied that Russian teams would return to UEFA youth tournaments in 2024. And former Russian national team player Roman Shirokov, threatening UEFA and talking about a "winning country," said that Russians would return to European football tournaments on their own terms.
As reported by OBOZ.UA, the executive committee of the Russian Federation decided to refuse to join the Asian Confederation (ACF), complaining that no one gives guarantees of returning to international competitions. It also became known that a friendly match between Russia and Serbia will be held.