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Legionaries in Post-Soviet soccer. How their presence is reflected in the national teams?

Many years ago in many championships of the countries from the former USSR the tendency on purchase of legionaries, and sometimes even on their naturalization began. At this time very many football experts began to think of one question: really this event is result of the fact that in the CIS there are no talented young football players now?

As showed results of games of national teams, such assumption took place to be. Against the others Russian national teams, Ukraine and Latvia were a little allocated, perhaps, (for the sake of justice I will tell that the last in principle did not achieve anything special, but all - the exit of team of Alexander Starkov to EURO - after collapse of the USSR is 2004 some kind of success). The others almost all occupied one of the last in selections at a WC and ChE.

No, exceptions were, like Belarus which fought up to the end, but it was a big rarity. In Azerbaijan were naturalized two Brazilians, but for whom from it it became better? 5 points in the WC selection group - 2010, a victory and a draw with Liechtenstein and peace result with Russia - not densely.

Now very hot there is a debate about that, to naturalize the forward of “Spartak“ Welliton and to allow it to play for the national team or not? Counter question: and why to us it is necessary? From where we know whether Welliton at us will play? Whether it will play on conscience or to leave number in the field? It is better to let out young players who will fight for the country and for the place in a starting lineup. They really can be prepared for a WC - 2018 on which Sergey Fursenko promised a victory of our national team. Honestly, it is hardly trusted. But, maybe, it is better for them to know. And especially, why at us to organize team in which those who did not get to Brazilian national team - if to allow Welliton to play for us will pass the others can want too!

Club achievements in Euro cups were not so powerful too, only became closer to our time owners of the UEFA Cup than CSKA (2005), “Zenith“ (2008), “Miner“ (2009). But honourable trophies obviously not without the assistance of legionaries were won, especially it concerns team from Donetsk. In the main structure of Brazilians was more, than Ukrainians! Well really it was impossible to find several perspective guys in school of club, to grow up them for two - three years to the main structure and already with them to win?

The same concerns CSKA, but at Muscovites Russians played a considerable role, the same Akinfeev or Zhirkov, brothers Berezutski, Ignashevich. But all - game in - much depended on such people as Carvalho, the Fife and Vagner Love. As for a victory of “Zenith“, there in - much a merit of Russians, for what honor and praise to Petersburg club. The legionaries who were in structure it is constant as a part of, in fact, times - two and miscalculated - Krizhanats, Shirl, Dominguez, Tymoschuk (in my opinion, as the legionary purely morally to consider this person silly as the mentality, in fact, identical, is well known by the Russian and Ukrainians - our brothers, but before the law of RFU all Premieres clubs - Leagues are equal).

Two strongest clubs of Soviet period - Moscow “Spartak“ and Kiev “Dynamo“ - also suffer from mania to buy foreigners, and, as well as all others - from South America, and is concrete from Brazil and Argentina. What is interesting, the very few could play plainly even in the Championships of Russia and Ukraine which, despite high places in a rating of UEFA (6 and 7 respectively) are not ranked as strong tournaments in the continent. About what call in Brazilian national teams and Argentina there can be a speech?

And here from - for mass purchases of players from - for borders suffer as the perspective national teams (Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia) now, and the others which can have all still ahead. But how to force clubs to refuse with big budgets mass buying up of legionaries and to bring up the players? In principle, with sport schools at us all is not as bad as it seems at first sight. Trainers trust in youth. But that the most terrible, the presidents and owners of clubs preferring to buy ready players, than to grow up the, for the national teams do not believe in her. Prospects that soccer of the CIS became one of the strongest in Europe are. The word behind the power.