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FootballTop: Pirogov: I wouldn’t miss the chance to play for Kazakhstan

Написано 2 Октябрь, 2017 в категории Sports & Culture

FootballTop, in an article published with reference to Sports.kz and entitled “Пирогов: Не стал бы упускать шанса играть за Казахстан” – “Pirogov: I wouldn’t miss the chance to play for Kazakhstan”, quoted Alexander Pirogov, the 16-year-old Almaty-born striker from Karlsruher SC U17, as saying:  “The Bundesliga Youth League matches are my sole focus right now, but if I’d had a chance to try my hand as a member of Kazakhstani national teams I wouldn’t miss it”.
Unlike, for example, Kazakhstan-born Alexander Merkel from Germany and Georgy Zhukov from Belgium, now players of Kazakhstani National Team, who when, they were younger, were unwilling to play for Kazakhstan, this Almaty-born young German national stands ready to join Kazakhstani national teams, being just a promising football player. It is only when we compare things and situations, that we can appraise them. We got to remember, what the first two were saying at the time.
Goal.com, an international association football news website, in a report (23 Feb 2011) entitled “AC Milan’s Alexander Merkel: I’ll probably play for whoever approaches me first out of Germany and Russia”, said: “Highly rated AC Milan youngster Alexander Merkel has admitted that he has yet to make a decision as to whether he’ll represent Germany or Russia at international level in the future.
Recent reports suggested that the 19-year-old midfielder had decided to play for the Nationalelf, but Merkel has labelled those reports false.
«I haven’t made a decision about my international future yet,» Merkel was quoted as saying by Sport Bild.
“The country, that approaches me first, have the best chance of convincing me to play for them, be that Russia or Germany”.
Merkel was born in Kazakhstan to Russian parents of German ancestry. He moved to Germany at the age of six and has represented Germany from Under-15s to Under-19s so far, but is still permitted to switch allegiances”.
In March 2015, Alexander Merkel decided to play for Kazakhstan national football team and made his official debut against Iceland in a qualifying match for Euro 2016.
RTBF, the public broadcasting organization of the French Community of Belgium, in a report (15 Sep 2015) entitled «Un jeune Belge du Standard découvrira la Champions League ce soir» — «A young Belgian from Standard will discover the Champions League tonight» said: «The young midfielder from Antwerp of Kazakh and Russian origins, who plays for FC Astana on loan from Standard Liège of the Belgian Pro League, managed, with his club, the feat to qualify for the Champion League group stage after having eliminated Apoel Nicosia in the play-off round.
“With this qualification, our goal is already reached, Georgy Zhukov said. We can’t claim anything in the Champions League. It is mostly a very nice showcase, and we will have the opportunity to display for the entire Europe what we are worth. The level of the Kazakh championship is not bad, but no one pays attention to it. As for me, I mostly want to show myself in Standard. In January, my playing for FC Astana on loan from Standard Liège will end, and I hope to get my chance in this Belgian club”.
Selected twice for the Kazakh National Team to participate in the friendly matches, Georgy Zhukov has not yet decided his international future.
“I have already notified Kazakhstan’s national team manager that he should not count on me in regard to official matches”, the young midfielder concluded. “I do not know yet which national I want later on to go to, but I have two other options: Belgium and Russia”.
In June 2017, Georgy Zhukov made his official debut for the Kazakhstan national football team against Denmark in a qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup.


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