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Oleg Romantsev: The introduction of fan-ID is a shame! Let the State Duma deal with more important matters.


– Oleg Ivanovich, what is next for Russian football in the new realities? isolation mode?– Now is the right time to finally pay attention to your players. Educate, change mentality. This, of course, is my personal opinion, but in recent years we have been too carried away by foreign players. We are good at taking our players to a youth level. But then they disappear somewhere. It seems that the players reach the ceiling that suits them and then the motivation disappears. This is sad. I think it’s time to start motivating our players not with money, but with cups, for example. Show them movies about Streltsov, Yashin… About legendary football players who didn’t play for money or fame. The same, for example, Konstantin Beskov, my teacher, or Nikolai Starostin, played not for profit, but for their comrades and for their country. But can it be done now? I don’t know. And Europe will eventually open up, and we must be ready.

– This year Spartak is celebrating its 100th anniversary. But many veterans disagree with this number. They say less. Do you agree with the rojiblanco century? – Yes, what is the difference – 100 years or 95? (laughs). old club. So, I react completely calmly to these disputes. Do you know that Spartak will be 101 years old next year? (smile).

– As we have already noted, today Russian football is isolated. Oleg Ivanovich, tell me why while we had everything, we have not reached great heights in European competitions.– That we had?

We play with the best…– So something was wrong. If we had everything as you say, we would win. For example, in my team we exist because we win over ourselves. We couldn’t afford to keep players who had reached a good European level. We had to sell them to ensure our existence. The footballers of our team went to Spain, France, England. They were in demand in Europe.


– Again, due to sanctions, your technical sponsor Nike refused to cooperate with Spartak. We have to find a new provider. But you haven’t played your entire career for, say, Adidas or Nike. Are you sure there were other options? Who sewed your uniform? – Shili Pakistan and Korea. And by the way, they sewed well. I don’t remember about the boots. It seems to me that now we can completely rebuild. You understand, the form doesn’t play the field, it doesn’t give a result, no matter what it’s called. Yes, European brands do it very well, but the way itself doesn’t work, people play games. And, with the boots, of course, there may be a problem.

– How is that, Oleg Ivanovich? We have a huge country, heavy industry is developing: metal, weapons, but nobody sews boots. How is that? – You know, when I was a football player, a shoemaker personally sewed for me. And boots that Adidas did not even dream of. He sewed according to my measurements, and I played as if in slippers. But he didn’t tell anyone. My know-how. So everyone can do everything with us. I just forgot. And now is the time to remember.

– It seems to me that there are no teachers like in your time.– Well, why… Until today the clubs were too lazy to look for them. Now I have to. Surely a grandmaster is sitting somewhere, prodding with an awl, but we haven’t heard from him yet.


– Of the Russian coaches, who would stand out today, who would be interesting to watch?– I consider my friends to be good coaches: Valery Gazzaev, Yuri Semin. We were enemies before and during the game, and great friends after the final whistle.

– Today they talk a lot about Fedotov. They even call him the next possible Spartak coach.– I am not familiar with Vladimir Fedotov. But his team plays very well. To form an opinion, you have to look at the training, you have to know how the squad was completed. Maybe he started playing with someone who was, or maybe he found players himself. These are completely different things, you see.


– Does the hegemony of Zenit have a negative effect on our championship?– Rather, yes. But I do not see that Zenit is the undisputed leader. At least starting next season. Teams need to believe in themselves, start playing from a position of strength. The same Dynamo, CSKA may well be serious competition for the St. Petersburg team.

– Many, including some journalists, before the final of the Russian Cup addressed the fans of the capital clubs with a request to stop the boycott for one match and not leave their teams without support. What is your opinion on the position of fans and the introduction of fan-ID? – I think fans should be left alone. Basically what do they want? Just bread and circuses, as they say. Let the State Duma deal with more important matters. The introduction of fan-ID is a shame.


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