2014 World League: Russia v Serbia

The match was played  on 14 January 2014 in Kazan, Russia where the next world championships will be held in 2015. The game ended with the score 8:12 in favour of the visiting team. Though the outcome is unfavourable, I am happy that my first duty in charge of the Russian national team was against Serbia – one of the best sides in the world at present.

Russian men's water polo squad

Back: Erkin Shagaev (Head coach), Dmitry Kholod, Viacheslav Sobchenko (Manager), Vladislav Timakov, Albert Zinnatulin, Aleksandr Iatcenko, Sergey Lisunov, Artem Odintcov, Victor Ivanov, Artem Ashaev, Evgeny Sharonov (Presidnt WPFR), Aleksey Ryzhov-Alenichev, Ivan Nagaev, Vladimir Galkin (Video technician), Sergey Evstigneev (Coach). Front: Irek Zinnurov (Coach), Yuri Grigoryev (Physician), Roman Shepelev, Igor Pliskevich, Stepan Andriukov, Evgeny Kostrov, Nikolay Lazarev, Adel Latypov, Vladimir Berezin (Masseur)

The main outcome for us is that we gained an invaluable experience. From the standpoint of our plans, that game gave us a lot of food for thought and highlighted the shortcomings and areas that require attention in our physical, technical and tactical preparation. We have created many opportunites but failed to realize them. The main reazon why we lost was better skills of our opponents who outmuscled us in individual contests both with and without the ball.

Despite the loss, our players are in a positive frame of mind. Certainly, nobody likes to lose and we are not happy with the result, however, everybody is tuned to work hard to become competitive with the leading nations in the world. To achieve this goal we should play as much as possible against the teams like Serbia. During the four days of our preparation prior to the game a lot of useful work had been done. I liked our athletes’ enthusiasm and focus, and am hopeful that such attitude will be present in all future performances for the Russian team.

About Erkin Эркин Shagaev Шагаев
European, world, Olympic champion, two times World Cup winner Чемпион Европы, мира, Олимпийских игр, двукратный обладатель Кубка мира

4 Responses to 2014 World League: Russia v Serbia

  1. Jeff Barrow says:


    I am very proud of your efforts and knowledge.

    I really hope that I will be able to assist you in some capacity. Keep up the great work.


  2. Vaso Despotovic says:

    Congratulations Erkin,

    Of course Serbia was a good choice for your first game as a National Coach of Russia. I expect you to play again with Serbia but in the finals of major championships.

    All the best. Vaso & Stefan

    Kind Regards,

    *Vaso Despotovic OAM* | Director

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