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Emirates Stadium and Kazan Arena

Both designed by Populous.

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GoalChatter’s Youth Spotlight series features up-and-coming young talent in the world of football. This week, Aleks talks with 19-year-old Stanislav Cherchesov, Jr., who is currently a goalkeeper at Dynamo Moscow. 

How did your career in professional football begin? Did you always play as a keeper?
I started playing for a team in Austria when I was 5 years old. I have always been a goalkeeper. Even before training with a team I used to “train” with my dad as a goalkeeper. He used to throw footballs at me while I was wearing his gloves. My professional career started at Amkar, where I signed my first contract.
What’s the hardest thing about playing as a goalkeeper as opposed to any other position?
Definitely the pressure that lies on you. In my opinion the goalkeeper carries the most responsibility on the pitch. Also when a goalkeeper makes a mistake everybody will know and say that it was the goalkeeper’s fault, because it’s easier to see for fans or media. That’s why it’s very important to be emotionally stable as a goalkeeper. 
What’s it like playing in the Russian league? Is there a lot of competition between goalkeepers?
It’s very interesting and very different from playing in Austria. The biggest difference for me is that we had to fly to all away games when I was playing at Amkar. Now at Dinamo at least we won’t have to fly to the away games in Moscow. Also, I like the system of the youth league in Russia. You start to get used to flying to games and you play at a decent level. It prepares you very nicely for the Premier League. 

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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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"Alexis lends a hand in Arsenal’s 2003-04 re-enactment."
Featured in The Guardian’s Football Gallery!

"Alexis lends a hand in Arsenal’s 2003-04 re-enactment."

Featured in The Guardian’s Football Gallery!

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(Photo: fcdynamo.ru)

On a hot summer day, Russian and Ukrainian football clubs Dynamo Moscow and Metalist Kharkiv played an international friendly at the SV Seeboden stadium in Austria. Dynamo, who finished 4th in last season’s Russian Premier League, are playing a series of pre-season exhibition games, and faced the 3rd-placed UPL side Metalist for the 3rd consecutive year. Football took no note of the political turmoil involving both countries, and rightfully so.

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