The Russian national team won the 2018 IFCPF European Championsh
The CP Euro (7x7) took place in the Netherlands. Russia v Ukraine match for the title of European champion ended with the victory of the Russians with a score of 3:2.
All three goals scored by the Russian team belong to Alexey Bor'kin (at the 23rd, 30th and 62nd minutes). The Ukrainians Taras Dulko and Sergey Bedenok scored at 25-th and 31-st minute respectively.
The Russians have already met the Ukrainian team in the finals of the Paralympic Games. The teams disputed the gold Paralympic medals in 2000, 2008 and 2012. The Russians succeeded twice (2000 and 2012). The national team of Ukraine is the champion of the Paralympic Games 2016 and the current World Champion.
The national team of Ireland got the bronze medals, having defeated the Netherlands with the score 2:1.
The Champions of Europe are:
- George Albegov (Moscow region / Leningrad region),
- Danila Belov (Nizhny Novgorod region),
- Alexey Bor’kin (Nizhny Novgorod region),
- Soslan Gazdanov (Republic of North Ossetia-Alania),
- Marat Eloev (Republic of North Ossetia-Alania),
- Leonid Ilyichev (Nizhny Novgorod region),
Vyacheslav Larionov (Nizhny Novgorod region / Moscow region),
- Sergey Materukhin (Nizhny Novgorod region),
- Dmitry Minenko (Moscow region),
- Roman Pesotsky (Moscow region),
- Vladislav Raretsky (Moscow region / Nizhny Novgorod region),
- Aslan Tibilov (Republic of North Ossetia-Alania),
- Guram Chkareuli (Republic of North Ossetia-Alania),
- Andrey Shimanov (Tula Region / Moscow Region).
The head coach of the national team, Honored coach of Russia Avtandil Baramidze.
The government telegram with congratulations to the athletes and coaches was sent by the Minister of Sports of the Russian Federation Pavel Kolobkov. It says, in particular:
"Dear friends, on behalf of the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation and my own behalf, I congratulate the athletes and coaches of the Russian national CP football team with the victory at the CP European Championship! You demonstrated a bright, selfless and harmonious game without conceding a single match of the tournament. I am sure that the Russian team will continue to please their fans with victories at the high-level competitions. I wish you all new great achievements glorifying the Russian sport! Pavel Kolobkov."
CP football (also known as 7x7 football) is a variation of football for disabled athletes with CP disease or other neurological diseases. The sport is recognized by the International Football Federation (FIFA); from 1984 to 2016 became a part of the Paralympic Games program. Competitions are held on a field of 75x55 meters; the gate is 5 meters wide, 2 meters high. A match consists of two halves of 30 minutes each.
The source: Press Service of the Russian Paralympic Committee.