From Captain to Mentor

The story behind the photo
13 June 2017
August 16, 1992. New Russia team before the match at the Moscow stadium Lokomotiv. © Igor Utkin / TASS

Russian's rival at the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 group stage, the Mexico national team, will come to Russia not for the first time.

Almost 25 years ago, in August 1992, in Moscow, Mexicans took to the field against a new team - the Russia national team, the successor to the USSR and CIS national teams.

Russian players had an unusual kit - white with black checkers and stripes. They made their debut with a confident victory with a score of 2 - 0.

The Russia national team goal in that match was defended by the current head coach Stanislav Cherchesov. He also brought the team to the field as the first captain of the Russian team.

Now, after almost 25 years, Stanislav Salamovich will again lead the Russian team to victory - this time in the role of a head coach.


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