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More than 20 former RPL heroes will go to Euro 2024! The list is impressive: from Khvicha to Tedesco

Date: July 23, 2024 Time: 03:11:22

Only four representatives of the RPL will perform at the European Championship: Albanians Mario Mitai (Lokomotiv) and Mirlind Daku (Rubin), Slovenian Vanja Drkusic (Sochi) and Serbian Srdjan Babic (Spartak). Very little! But at Euro 2024 there will be a large number of former foreign players of the Russian championship. And not only footballers, but also coaches. We are talking about those that appeared in the RPL a few years ago.

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Georgia: Giorgi Loria, Solomon Kverkvelia, Dzhemal Tabidze, Zuriko Davitashvili, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia

Jvicha Kvaratskelia

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The largest number of former RPL legionnaires is in the Georgian national team. Five people at a time. The brightest star of the Georgians is, of course, Kvaratskhelia. He played four seasons in the Russian Championship with Lokomotiv and Rubin and played 76 games. He now plays in Italy with Napoli (45 games in all tournaments this season, 11 + 9 in the “goal + pass” system).

Goalkeeper Loria spent three seasons with Krylya Sovetov and Anzhi and participated in 52 RPL matches. Now the 38-year-old goalkeeper finishes his game at Dynamo Tbilisi (17 games, eight clean sheets and 17 goals conceded).

Defender Kverkvelia spent 10 seasons in the RPL, playing 186 games for Rubin, Lokomotiv and Rotor. He now adorns the Saudi Arabian championship with his game, where he defends the colors of Al-Ahdud (34, 1 + 1). Another defender, Tabidze, played in the Russian championship for five seasons with Ural and Ufa, and has 82 games in the RPL. Today Jemal makes a living in the Greek Panetolikos (10, 1+1).

Winger Davitashvili played three seasons in our championship with Rubin, Rotor and Arsenal and played 68 times on Russian fields in RPL matches. And Zuriko arrived at Euro 2024 as a foreign player with Bordeaux (39, 8+9) of the French Ligue 2.

In the qualifying round of the European Championship only Kvaratskhelia and Kverkvelia played a lot. The rest will probably be spares.

Poland: Damian Szymanski, Sebastian Szymanski

Sebastian Szymanski

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The two midfielders of the Polish team, in addition to their role and surname, are united by a connection with Russia. Both promoted their careers in our league. Sebastian certainly did better. He played three seasons for Dynamo, playing 77 games. A year ago, the Muscovites sold Szymanski to Fenerbahce, where the attacking midfielder is very good: 13 goals and 19 assists in 55 games in all tournaments.

Damian, in turn, appeared in Akhmat. However, his performance was not particularly memorable. In the RPL, this Szymanski has only 13 games in two seasons. Damian spent the last year at Greek side AEK, scoring two goals and four assists in 37 games.

For the Polish team, Sebastian is also a very valuable figure and Damina, who played little in the qualification for Euro 2024, is behind the scenes.

Serbia: Uros Spajic, Srdjan Mijajlovic

Srdjan Mijajlovic

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There were many Serbs in Russia, but in the current team there are also only two former RPL legionnaires. Furthermore, they are not the most obvious numbers, given the status and age of these players. Coach Dragan Stojkovic could have brought into the team, for example, Strahinja Erakovic from Zenit, Milan Gajic or Sasha Zdelar from CSKA, but he opted for the “old guys” who played in his homeland: Spajic and Mijajlovic.

Spaich played three seasons in the RPL with Krasnodar and appeared in 53 games. He now takes Serbian gold with Red Star (30, 3 + 1). Mikhailovich appeared on the Krylia Sovetov field in three RPL seasons, but in total he scored only 34 matches. Srdjan also spent the last year at Red Star (39, 2+5). In the qualifying phase for Euro 2024, Spajic and Mijajlovic did not participate in the national team, which is why it is even more surprising that both were included in the final candidacy of the Serbian team.

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Croatia: Nikola Vlasic, Mario Pasalic

Nikola Vlasic

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Two former RPL legionnaires were also included in the Croatian team. We still haven’t forgotten Vlašić. In four seasons with CSKA, the midfielder played 86 games in the Russian championship. Recently, Nicola played in Italy for Torino, but the year was not the most successful for him: he scored three goals and gave two assists in 35 games.

Pasalic only spent one season on loan at Spartak, in which the midfielder played 21 games in the RPL. After this, Mario moved to Atalanta. He comes to Euro 2024 as the winner of the Europa League, last year he scored 8 + 7 in 50 games.

Vlasic and Pasalic will probably be substitutes in the European Championship matches.

Belgium: Axel Witsel

Axel Witsel

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Witsel went down in history as one of the most expensive players in the Russian championship. In 2012, Zenit bought him from Benfica for 40 million euros. The midfielder played five seasons in the RPL and made 122 appearances. At Euro 2024, Axel will represent Atlético de Madrid (51, 2+0). Curiously, he did not participate at all in the qualifying phase of the Euro Cup, since after the 2022 World Cup he decided to leave the national team. However, before the Euro he returned to the Belgians.

Denmark: Anders Dreyer

Anders Dreyer

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Dreyer is a former Rubin winger. He played for the Kazan team in the 2021/2022 season and participated in 14 matches. And now Anders plays in Belgium for Anderlecht. Before Euro 2024 he had a good season, scoring 21 + 9 in 39 games. However, Andrés was not used at all in the qualifying phase for the European Championship, so he will probably be a reserve in the national team.

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Romania: Jonut Nedelcearu

Jonuts Nedelcearu

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Defender Nedelciaru played in the Russian championship with Ufa. He participated in four seasons of the RPL, playing 65 games. He arrives at the Eurocup as a representative of Palermo, playing in Serie B (21, 2 + 0). During qualification for Euro 2024, Jonuts was used only once. Nedelcearu played all 90 minutes away from Switzerland, but otherwise was only in the lineup twice more.

Slovenia: Jaka Bijol

Yaka Biyol

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Defender and former midfielder Bijol spent part of his career at CSKA. The Slovenian played 81 times for the military team in four seasons in the RPL. Last year, Jaka played quite successfully for Udinese. It is true that in the Italian Championship he only has 24 games, since he missed three and a half months due to injury. And in the Slovenian national team, Bijol is one of the leaders.

Türkiye: Yusuf Yazici

Yusuf Yazici

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Another former CSKA player at Euro 2024 is Turkish national team attacking midfielder Yazici. Yusuf played for the military team for only six months, after being loaned from Lille. The Turk was remembered for his outstanding performance in the RPL: ​​he scored eight goals in 10 games. Yazici spent the final season at Lille (42, 12+4). For the Turkish national team, he can hardly be considered a valuable figure: during the entire qualifying cycle for the European Championship, he played only 57 minutes in one match.

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Ukraine: Alexander Zinchenko

Alexander Zinchenko

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Zinchenko is a former Ufa midfielder, now a defender for London Arsenal and one of the stars of the Ukrainian national team. He spent two seasons in the RPL and appeared in 31 matches. In the London club last year, Alexander scored 1+2 in 35 matches. The entire season at Arsenal turned out to be controversial: Zinchenko was harshly criticized for mistakes in defense. However, his place in the national team is not in doubt.

Czech Republic: Jan Kuchta

Striker Kukhta was at Lokomotiv and was remembered mainly for his dirty way of playing. In the RPL he played 10 matches in six months, after which he returned to the Czech Republic in the summer of 2022. “Sparta” rented Yan and then bought him from railway workers. Last season, Kukhta scored 21+11 in 48 matches. In the qualifying round for Euro 2024, the center forward was usually in the starting eleven.

Switzerland: Steven Zuber

Esteban Zuber

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The Swiss midfielder played in the Russian championship with CSKA. In two seasons, the RPL played 29 matches. And Zuber, 33, played almost the last year in Greece with AEK (42, 8+4). Stephen is currently a minor player in the Swiss national team. During the entire qualifying cycle for Euro 2024, he only had half an hour in a match against Andorra.

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Coaches: Sergey Rebrov, Luciano Spalletti, Domenico Tedesco, Murat Yakin and (bonus!) Ralf Rangnick

Luciano Spalletti

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At Euro 2024 there will also be a group of coaches with experience in Russia. True, Rebrov, who heads the Ukrainian national team, did not train in the RPL: ​​​​the striker played 31 games in two seasons for Rubin.

Spalletti managed Zenit for four years and won four trophies with the team, including two championship titles. Tedesco was the coach of Spartak for a year and a half, and Yakin worked for a season with the red and whites. Neither the Italian-German nor the Swiss won any trophies.

As a bonus, we’ll be adding Rangnick to this list. Ralph was not a coach, but he played an important role at Lokomotiv, receiving the position of head of sports and development of the club in 2021. The thing is that the period of the German’s work in Russia made me doubt whether he really came to us the real Rangnick or if it was his double.

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