The State Duma found a rival for the Russian national soccer team, causing hysteria among fans
Russian State Duma deputy Svetlana Zhurova has suggested holding a soccer match between Russia and North Korea. The 51-year-old Olympic champion in speed skating said that no one prohibits choosing this country as a rival.
"I think it is possible to hold a soccer match between the national teams of Russia and DPRK. Who forbids us to do it at all? Is it difficult for us to pick opponents? I don't think we are in direct trouble with opponents, I wouldn't see it that way," Zhurova said in an interview with Legalbet.
The parliamentarian noted that Russia's successes on the soccer fields never aroused much interest from the world community.
"Let's be honest, have we ever played much with any teams there, except for World Cups and qualifiers? It's understandable when the Russian national team played and when a number of our clubs went through some competitions like the Champions League and so on. But it wasn't so straightforward that we were on the foreign soccer agenda. We were more on the inside," Zhurova admitted.
The deputy's proposal provoked a real hysteria among fans, who are jokingly offering to choose more rivals like this.
"Here we go, finally a sensible idea. Next is Eritrea", the Russians mocked the MP.
Users also ironically imagine the review of this match to be discussed on the propaganda resources of both countries.
"TV sets in each country can then, regardless of the result of the Russia-DPRK match, tell about the confident victory of their team. A win-win scenario, in short," sports fans from the Russian Federation say.
Fans suggest calling up Belarus and having a tournament of dictators.
Russians are bitterly realizing that their country is going the way of North Korea.
"See how 'We are not isolated' is starting to change to 'Just accept it," they write in the comments.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, the day before, Russia managed to save itself in the last seconds during the game with Qatar.
Earlier, the Russian national soccer team humiliated itself with the team of Egypt twice. After a draw on September 7, Valery Karpin's wards lost in Suez with a score of 1:2, which shocked their fans.