MINSK, 8 October (BelTA) – The Belarusian national football team began preparation for the ultimate 2014 World Cup qualifier against world and European champions Spain on 7 October. Despite a considerable difference in class Belarus are not going to play defensive football, Belarus’ manager Georgy Kondratyev told media on 7 October, BelTA has learnt.
Georgy Kondratyev pointed out several squad problems ahead of the Spain qualifier at Iberostar Stadium in Palma de Mallorca. BATE’s midfielder Alexander Hleb is disqualified while his teammate Edgar Olekhnovich has picked up an injury. Georgy Kondratyev, however, noted that his side go into every match to get nothing less than a victory. The Belarusian manager cited statistical data reading that his team lack physical conditions: out of 14 goals conceded by Belarus in this qualifying campaign 11 were scored in the second half. The team will, however, try to play successfully both in defense and on counterattacks. In the previous game (2-4 loss to France) goalie Sergei Veremko did not play well but all three keepers on the roster have equal chances to start the 11 October game in the Belarus goal.
As many as 23 football players will be getting prepared for the forthcoming game against Spain:
goalkeepers: Sergei Veremko (FC Krylia Sovetov, Samara), Alexander Gutor (FC Dinamo Minsk, Belarus) and Alexander Chernik (FC Neman Grodno);
defenders: Oleg Veretilo and Vitaly Trubilo (FC Dinamo Minsk), Maksim Bordachyov (FC Tom, Tomsk, Russia), Alexander Martynovich (FC Krasnodar, Russia), Yegor Filipenko (BATE Borisov) and Dmitry Verkhovtsov (FC Krylia Sovetov);
midfielders: Stanislav Dragun (FC Krylia Sovetov), Sergei Kislyak (FC Rubin, Russia), Yan Tigorev (FC Lokomotiv Moskva, Russia), Alexander Volodko, Dmitry Baga and Sergei Krivets (all BATE Borisov), Anton Putilo (FC Volga, Russia), Pavel Sitko and Sergei Balanovich (both FC Shakhtyor, Soligorsk), Timofei Kalachyov (FC Rostov, Russia) and Renan Bressan (FC Alania Vladikavkaz, Russia);
forwards: Sergei Kornilenko (FC Krylia Sovetov) and Vitaly Rodionov (BATE Borisov).
Belarus will be training at the pitch of FC Minsk before departing for Spain on 9 October. The team will come back to Belarus on 12 October and will continue preparation for the Japan friendly which is due at the Torpedo stadium in Zhodino, Belarus, on 15 October.