“The choice of Zakharyan and Kovalenko was a big surprise for me: it is bad that the Armenians choose another team. His decision upset me because I am also an Armenian. It seems to me that they both made a mistake, ”former Kuban and Krasnodar player Marcos Pizzelli delivered in that speech.
Of course, everyone has the right to have their opinion, but if someone speaks so categorically, then probably he should have some arguments and grounds for his words? So that it looks like a balanced position, and not just a desire to promote a “hot” topic and, thanks to a controversial statement, get all over the news.
Let’s start with the fact that Arsen Zakharyan and Alexander Kovalenko are Armenians. The first was born in Samara, from childhood he studied at the “Wings of the Soviets” and Yuri Konoplev academies. He then joined Dynamo’s youth team, where he trained as a footballer. For the Russian national teams of different ages, he has already played more than three dozen matches, including seven for an adult. The second was born in Moscow and graduated from Chertanovo. He played more than ten matches for national teams, including one for an adult.
Who in their right mind would call these footballers Armenian? Why did they suddenly have to choose this particular team if they were born and lived all their lives in another country? They have nothing to do with Armenia except their roots, so the claim seems completely inappropriate. Especially from Pizzelli, who, for a second, was born in Brazil, even though he calls himself an Armenian. Oh really? Do you know many Yerevan natives named Marcos?
Even if we ignore the obvious facts mentioned above, let’s try to understand the logic of the speaker. He decided not to share it with us. Tell me, how can the Armenian national team help Zakharyan’s career? In the last draw for the Nations League in the group with Ireland, Ukraine and Scotland, he scored just three points and finished last. In previous friendlies they have lost to Albania and drawn with Kosovo and Cyprus. What can such a low-level team bring to a footballer who intends to become, if not a European star, then at least a strong middle peasant in the very near future?
Zakharyan now needs to focus on working at Royal Society and not be distracted by all sorts of advisers who don’t hesitate to talk nonsense.