Unravelling the enigma of football in the post-Soviet republics
It's CIS: Moscow (pt. II)...
We’ve just had the second rest day of the CIS Cup, which means it’s semi-finals time.
Collectively the 16 teams notched up a rather impressive 67 goals in the group stages, so at least those that bothered to attend witnessed some half-decent action.
Eleven of those came against the Pyunik Yerevan Trialists XI, who hardly covered themselves in glory with three defeats on the spin, and signed off in less-than-spectacular fashion by being on the wrong end of a 6-1 spanking from Dacia Chişinău.
Maybe the search for that goalkeeper the Armenian champions covet isn't over just yet...
On a personal level, NMTB has been left slightly aggrieved by the Russian Football Union’s decision to award a prize to the Kazakh journalist Timur Kamasheva for his “contribution to popularising” the CIS Cup.
The tournament receives about as much attention in the Western media as Richard Blackwood does, and secretly the blog was hoping it might receive some recognition for its coverage.
Evidently Kamasheva has done a bit more than a few “Tweets” and a couple of blogs at his 15th successive tournament.
Anyway, here are NMTB’s (unappreciated) details of what’s been going on in Moscow this week.
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