SIMFEROPOL, November 21. /TASS/. Crimea’s Football Union has established the Crimean football team following a decision of the Union’s presidium, the organization’s press office reported on Monday.
"A decision has been made to create the football team of the Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol. The session also made a decision on the team’s coaching staff," the press office said.
Master of Sport of the USSR and former football player and coach of FC Tavria (Simferopol) Valery Petrov has been appointed as the Crimean football team’s head coach. The Crimean team will comprise 24 footballers and six coaching staff members. It will hold its first training camp session in Yevpatoria in Crimea on December 2-10.
The presentation of the Crimean football team will be held at Crimea’s first football forum that will be held on December 9 in Simferopol.
The Crimean Football Union has a special status at the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). The organization was officially registered in mid-July 2015.
Crimea’s first football championship involving eight local clubs was held from August 22, 2015 to June 4, 2016. FC Tavria (Simferopol) emerged as the victor in the Crimean football championship.
The Crimean football team has been established using the funds of local entrepreneurs, Crimean Football Union Head Yuri Vetokha told TASS.
"The head of the republic asked the public to help with raising funds for the team. The entrepreneurial community responded to the request and a tranche will be provided on November 29. This is the money that will be used to create the Crimean team. The talk is about the sum of 2 - 4 million rubles [$31,250-62,500] and these funds will be spent on the purchase of sport outfits and holding an eight-day training camp session," Vetokha said.
The Crimean football team will play friendly matches in March, Vetokha said.
"This year, we won’t have the time to play a friendly as we have been somewhat late with this issue," Vetokha said.
"We’ll soon announce a tournament with the participation of four national teams as part of the third anniversary of the Crimean Spring [the referendum in Crimea on reintegration into Russia]. I’ll soon meet with representatives of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) to agree this event. We want to receive permission from the UEFA so that national football teams coming for the tournament do not experience any problems," he said.
Before announcing the creation of the Crimean football team, the head of Crimea’s Football Union told TASS that the Abkhazian national team had expressed its desire to play a friendly with the Crimean football squad.
"But even more significant teams will take part in the tournament," Vetokha said.