MINSK, 5 February (BelTA) – The Belarusian national football team have held their first training session in Turkey ahead of a friendly match against Hungary. The game will take place in Belek, Turkey, on 6 February, BelTA has learnt.
The match preparation was marred by one Belarusian squad change. Belarus manager Georgy Kondratyev had to call up defensive midfielder Andrei Khachaturyan, who is contracted to FC Shakhter, Soligorsk, Belarus, to replace injured midfielder Ilya Aleksiyevich from BATE, Borisov, Belarus.
The following Belarusian players are taking part in the Hungary match preparations:
Goalkeepers: Sergei Veremko (Krylia Sovetov, Samara, Russia), Alexander Gutor (free agent);
other players: Maksim Bordachev, Alexander Volodko, Yegor Filipenko, Vitaly Rodionov (all – FC BATE), Dmitry Verkhovtsov, Stanislav Dragun (both – FC Krylia Sovetov, Samara, Russia), Alexander Martynovich (FC Krasnodar, Russia), Yan Tigorev (FC Lokomotiv, Moscow, Russia), Sergei Kislyak (Rubin, Kazan, Russia), Vitaly Trubilo, Vladimir Khvashchinsky (both – FC Dinamo Minsk, Belarus), Sergei Balanovich (FC Shakhter, Soligorsk), Maksim Zhavnerchik (FC Kuban, Krasnodar, Russia), Anton Putilo (FC Freiburg, Germany), Renan Bressan (FC Alania, Vladikavkaz, Russia).
Hungary head coach Sandor Egervari has called up the following footballers for the Belarus clash:
Goalkeepers: Adam Bogdan, Peter Gulacsi, Balazs Megyeri;
other players: Tamas Kadar, Richard Guzmics, Roland Szolnoki, Zsolt Korcsmar, Vilmos Vanczak, Norbert Meszaros, Balazs Dzsudzsak, Akos Elek, Tamas Hajnal, Adam Gyurcso, Adam Szalai, Imre Szabics, Tamas Koltai, Vladimir Koman, Mate Patkai, Adam Pinter, Daniel Bode and Gergely Rudolf.
Belarus played against Hungary only once and hammered them 5-2 in Debrecen on 17 April 2002. The latest FIFA rankings published in January read that Belarus are 65th with the Hungarian team occupying the 32nd place.
Belarus’ 2014 World Cup qualifying group I rivals will also play their friendlies on 6 February. World and European champions Spain will travel to Doha, Qatar, to meet Uruguay. France will host Germany in their capital Paris, while the Finnish national football team will take on their Israeli counterparts away. Football fans in Tirana, Albania, will see their national team playing at home against the Georgian rivals.