Saturday, August 19, 2017

Yekaterinburg hires new soccer coach

Yekaterinburg's mini-soccer club has hired a new coach after failing to win national championship awards the previous season.

The club has replaced Andrew Berry, its coach since February, hiring the former coach of Syktyvkar New Generation, Vadim Yashin. Yashin once played for the Yekaterinburg mini-soccer club, Oblgazeta.ru reports.

Yashin is a former silver medalist with Russia and, as part of the national team, won the gold medal in the European Championship in 1999.

"I was invited to work at the club, which I think is (fitting since I) gave many years as a player," Yashin said, according to Oblgazeta.ru. "I like that Yekaterinburg puts (pressure) on its pupils. The team (members) are Zuev, Prudnikov, Agapov, Mokhov, Afanasiev, Abramov. To become champions, there can be no other collection of players."

Yekaterinburg placed in the top three of the Russian Super League the previous nine years. The team finished second in 2010-2011, first in 2009-2010 and 2008-2009, third in 2007-2008, second in 2006-2007 and 2005-2006 and third in 2004-2005, 2003-2004 and 2002-2003.

The league is played under the rules established by the Union of European Football Associations, which is one of the six continental soccer organizations united under FIFA's supervision.