After a two-year hiatus, the traditional gymnasium competition between school teams in the Nevsky district of St. Petersburg was held again at the Almaz-Antey Sports Complex – the XIII Student Tournament for the Almaz-Antey Concern EKR Cup. In 2020 and 2021 they were not satisfied due to the difficult epidemiological situation in the city.
In total, more than four thousand students participated in the tournaments during the tournament. 10 teams born in 2009 from schools in the Nevsky District participated in the 2022 Games. As a result of the selection, students from schools 641, 639, 346, 14, 39, 591, 348, 574, 498, 20 participated in the XIII tournament.
In total, about 200 young football players participated in the event. In the race for third place, the teams of the 39th and 639th schools competed. Physically stronger players of the 39th finally won with a score of 9: 3 and became holders of bronze medals.
In the final, the 641st school, six-time tournament champions and the 591st competed for gold. Three years ago, the No. 641 school team also played in the final, but lost on penalties. This time, the booths of coach Sergei Karachev took a convincing revenge. Therefore, the fight did not work out. The opponent was defeated 5-0.
One of the most brilliant players of the tournament was the striker of the champion team Artemy Fomichev. In the final he scored two goals, and in total he scored 15 accurate shots.
“Everything was fine, I really liked it,” the young footballer admitted after the award. – The team, I hope, also enjoyed everything very much. We played well. He managed to win. The most difficult match was against the 639th school.
The coach of school No. 641 Sergei Karachev reacted very emotionally to the victory.
“This victory was already the sixth for us, and I myself am a student of the Bolshevik club (today – FC Almaz-Antey),” Karasev admitted. “Therefore, this is a very important tournament for me. This year we have great players. In addition, almost the entire team is younger than 2009. We work with them from the first moment. We regularly supply players to the best academies in the city. We have had both successes and failures. In the previous tournament, which took place three years ago, we lost in the final in the most aggressive way in the penalty shootout. With those words, tears rolled down the coach’s eyes.
“It is doubly gratifying that we won today,” Sergei Karachev continued after he managed to deal with his feelings. We managed to get revenge. Despite the great score, today we tried to act until the end. We organize the work in such a way that the children play football, and not “hit and run”, so that they know tactics and technique. I always say that you have to play from the first to the last minute, not sparing your opponent. How clogged – so much clogged. The most difficult games were in the subgroup.
The results of the tournament were summarized by the Deputy General Manager of Concern VKO Almaz-Antey, NWRC Director Mikhail Podvyaznikov.
– We are glad that the XIII tournament took place. “We have had a very difficult life for the last two years,” he said. – We are very sorry that it was not possible to arrange a tournament during this period. But today we are happy that we were able to continue the competition. The fact that they took place is the most important result.
We held our first competition 15 years ago. How fast time passes: everything seemed to be just yesterday. The children who started participating in this tournament are now 30 years old.
And, of course, we’re glad to see you again. In this tournament, we were looking for kids for our football club who, for some reason, did not reach us immediately. We will be happy to invite them. So big scores in the match for the third place and in the final they say, probably, that someone was in a better mood, someone worse, someone trained better. These are children. They have a lot of emotion. I really hope that, God forbid, we will continue to do this tournament every year.
The idea of holding a tournament for the Almaz-Antey Concern VKO Cup appeared in 2008, when the first competitions took place. According to the company, the main goal is to involve children in active sports and to encourage a culture of healthy living. 8 teams participated in the first tournament and it was so successful that it was decided to hold it every year.
Artem Kuzmin, Fontanka.ru
The material was prepared in collaboration with Concern VKO Almaz-Antey