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Athletic weekend covers Moscow

October 6 2006

This weekend there will be an number of major sporting events. On the morning of Saturday, the doors will open the annual tournament "Kremlin Cup" passes the 7 th to 15 th October in "Olympic".

Games of the main tournament will begin only next week, but this weekend you will find a colorful opening qualifying round and the biggest tennis tournament in our country. The four indoor courts now in the 17th time will be drawing the biggest bonus fund, this year it will make 2.15 million dollars.

In the tournament seeding in women's tennis, seven of the top ten world ranking. Participates first racket of the world - Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo, Czech Nicole Vaydisheva, Swiss Patty Schnyder and Venus Williams, a famous American. But the emphasis is always made by the organizers as our tennis players: Maria Sharapova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Dementieva, Nadia Petrova, Dinara Safina. Alas, will not participate Anastasia Myskina: her broken toe.

Of the world's top athletes not only belgiek Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin-Ardenne, and Martina Hingis. The main grid will be composed of 28 members and in singles and 16 doubles titles.

In turn, men of participants is quite modest. Nikolay Davydenko - the only man in the top ten ranking ATP. But in the collection of the entire Russian team, which played in the semifinals of the Davis Cup: Dmitry Tursunov and Mikhail Youzhny, Marat Safin and Yevgeny Korolev.

Of notable foreigners - a German veteran Nicolas Kiefer, the French Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement, Belarusian Max Mirnyi. Total basic net for men includes 32 members in singles and 16-Tb in doubles.

Second, no less remarkable event will be the qualifying match for Euro-2008 "Russian soccer team in Israel.

Team Israel is becoming increasingly important force in the international arena. Team of the previous generation with Berkovich, Revivo and other stars played on the "great" France crushed the Austrians not weak - 5:0, we can recall, and defeat the Russian team: 1:4 in a friendly match the winter of 2000, and no less disgraceful mockery of 1:2 in 2003 and it was.

Now a team of many capable players, including goalkeeper Aouate from the Deportivo defender Tal Ben Haim from English Bolton, and midfielder Tal and Benayoun out of the same Bolton and West Ham. In the previous qualifying for the championship team of Israel has not suffered a single defeat. Match with Israel will be decisive for our team.

Under the banner of our team due to all the strongest players, including captain of "Spartacus" Yegor Titov, and two of our best flank midfielder Vladimir Bystrov (Spartak Moscow), Yury Zhirkov (CSKA Moscow). Questions as always is the line of attack. On workout injured our best today striker Roman Pavluchenko (11 goals in the championship of Russia). It is unclear what caused a coach Alexander Kerzhakov, lost his place in the main part of the Zenith "and not long pleasing fans of his game and boarded balls. In the deficit once again surprised by the lack of strikers Roman Adamov and Dmitry Kirichenko (both FC Moscow).

The situation in the group:

1. England - 2 games 6 points

2. Israel - 2 6

3. Macedonia - 2 3

4. Russia - 1 1

5. Croatia - 1 1

6. Estonia - 2 0

7. Andorra - 2 0


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