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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

No Tragedy

After the match, about 10 representatives from the presidential administration, trade unions, customs services and sports organizations met in the Majestic Hotel, drank a shot of whiskey and, of course, spoke about the problems of Russian soccer.

The president of the Russian soccer union, Vyacheslav Koloskov, said: "The soccer system that has been built up over the decades has collapsed during the past few years. There are practically no sponsors. Gazprom used to help the team but not long ago gave up on it. In such circumstances, it is difficult to count on a world-class demonstration."

On the plane from Rome to Moscow I managed to exchange a few words with the head coach of our team, Boris Ignatiev. "The government should also be concerned with soccer," said the instructor. "With time, sponsors will appear. The teams will get stronger. For the time being we have not recognized that the popular game is more than just a sport."

I admit that I didn't manage to speak with the players. They were smiling strangely and kept silent. Someone said: "So we lost and lost." They say it isn't a tragedy. Judge for yourselves, respected fans, the reaction of your favorites to the defeat.