Skip to content

Whoops. Russia national team calls up right name, wrong player for friendly with Armenia

Feb 19, 2014, 12:37 PM EDT

Russia's coach Fabio Capello listens to a question during a news conference at Luz Stadium in Lisbon Reuters

It was a great day for Andrey Semyonov, and a confusing one for… well, Andrey Semyonov.

ESPN has the story that Russia boss Fabio Capello was ready for a look at Andrey Semyonov, the defender with Terek Grozny in the Russian Premier League.

But Russia’s Football Association went a-callin’ to another Andrey Semyonov, a reserve for Locomotiv Moscow.

It’s not nearly as absurd as it sounds, though. The reserve played had suited up for the Russia U-21 team on seven occasions, and if you were looking up information on the Terek Grozny player and clicked his name on the mighty Wikipedia… it would take you to the player page for the reserve.

Confused yet?

Well it struck the players as funny as well. The Grozny defended did not expect to be called up, while the Lokomotiv reserve, quoted below, was surprised but figured it was real.

“My teammates congratulated me on the call up. They were surprised but sincere because the information was official.

“I was surprised too to put it mildly, but I do have an experience with the Under-21 team. I will do my best to get a real call-up in the future.”

Yet now they’ll figure it’s the other Semyonov.

  1. midtec2005 - Feb 20, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    It would be a more awesome story if it was a 3rd division player or something. And he actually showed up.

Leave Comment

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!