GoalChatter’s Youth Spotlight series features up-and-coming young talent in the world of football. This week, Aleks chats with 19-year-old Kirill Trukhov, who most recently played for Rubin-II. He is currently a free agent.
How did you come to play at Rubin Kazan? Did you start off at the academy?
I started playing football at 8 years of age. I first played in the attack, but then decided to try to train in the net. I began playing more so I became a keeper.
Did you get to train alongside the senior team?
I trained at Rubin’s academy until I was 17 and then became a footballer for FC Rubin-II, the main farm team of FC Rubin [Kazan]. The team plays in the 3rd tier of Russian football. When I was 19 I already started to train with the first team and recently went to the training camp in Austria.
(Editor’s note: Some clubs, like Rubin, have a youth team as well as a farm team. The former plays in the youth tournament, the latter in the Second Division, or 3rd tier of Russian football.)
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