Published: Friday, 13 January 2017 21:41

“Dry” victories after “Juicy” play

All the quarter-final pairs of the XXIX Granatkin Memorial were formed in the evening of Friday the 13th (what a match!). Greece and Latvia, Russia and Bulgaria, Kazakhstan and Slovenia, St. Petersburg and Slovakia will be fighting against each other for the right to play in semi-finals of the prestigious international youth football tournament this coming Sunday and Monday.

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Published: Friday, 13 January 2017 21:07

Andres OPER: “They quickly explained me in Moscow what my last name meant in Russian!”

March 27, 2002. Estonia 2:1 Russia (goals: Oper, 11; 87 – Beschastnykh, 18). Arguably it might have been the worst defeat of the Russian team over the time it was headed by Oleg Romantsev. This is even more remarkable, given the fact that there were Smertin, Mostovoi, Karpin, Titov and Izmailov playing for the team in midfield and Sychev and Beschastnykh starting the match in offense! These stars managed to lose the game against “a small, but proud” Estonia that had Andres Oper, the then young striker, shining in the attacking line in his native Tallinn. Such a notable in the Russian language last name was used in almost all the newspaper headlines dedicated to that football match.

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Published: Friday, 13 January 2017 09:25

January, 13: schedule and results 


12:00 #21 Group С Lithuania – Kazakhstan 0:2

14:15 #22 Group С Azerbaijan – Slovakia 0:1

16:30 #23 Group D Moldova – Iran 0:5

19:00 #24 Group D Slovenia – Saint Petersburg 3:0



Published: Thursday, 12 January 2017 21:58

Good evening, brothers! Let us play on “Nedelya”!

Since Greece overplayed Bulgaria on the tournament with a smashing 4:0 score on Thursday, it became clear who will play in the first quarter-final of the 29th Granatkin Memorial. This Sunday will be marked by a match between 17-year-old players from Russia and Bulgaria, which will take place on the artificial emerald ground in Saint Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex at 19.00.

So, we’ll use a cross-national phrase “Let us play on “Nedelya” to greet our opponents. A “nedelya” is a Slavic word that sounds the same in Russian and Bulgarian, but means “a week” to Russians and “Sunday” to Bulgarians, whose national team made it to the quarter-final in a very interesting way.

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Published: Thursday, 12 January 2017 09:04

January, 12: schedule and results 


12:00 #17 Group А Tajikistan – Estonia 1:1

14:15 #18 Group А Greece – Bulgaria 4:0

16:30 #19 Group В Latvia – India 4:1

19:00 #20 Group В Belarus – Russia 0:3



Published: Thursday, 12 January 2017 08:31

Football cake

Traditional gala dinner was held as part of the International youth tournament in memory of the first FIFA Vice-President Valentin Granatkin. As usual, everyone was happy to spend some time chatting informally as well as exchanging football souvenirs and discussing the future of the Granatkin Memorial and of the football development in different countries. The dinner ended with a tea party and a huge cake with a tournament logo which was traditionally cut by Russian and Estonian team representatives.

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Published: Wednesday, 11 January 2017 09:18

January, 11: schedule and results 


12:00 #13 Group C Kazakhstan – Azerbaijan 2:2

14:15 #14 Group C Slovakia – Lithuania 0:0

16:30 #15 Group D Iran – Slovenia 1:1

19:00 #16 Group D Saint Petersburg – Moldova 3:0



Published: Tuesday, 10 January 2017 19:37

Martin Reim, the Head Coach of National team of Estonia: “I can barely name a coach who wouldn’t like to have a choice of good players”

It’s a pleasure to see good old friends here on the traditional Granatkin Memorial taking place in St. Petersburg. And it’s especially pleasant to congratulate some of the friends with promotion, if such an event happened in their life over the last calendar year.

Year 2016 turned out to be very important and rich on responsible and positive events for sociable and smiling 45-year-old Martin Reim. Past September the distinguished Estonian footballer who holds a record of number of matches played for the National team of Estonia (157 matches!) was given an honor to head this team for the first time. In other words, if earlier Reim was coming to St. Petersburg as a participant of the Granatkin Memorial bringing youth teams of Estonia, then this year he arrived here as an honorable guest of the tournament. Martin is now watching matches from the stands, rather than the side of the pitch.

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Published: Tuesday, 10 January 2017 09:14

January, 10: schedule and results 


12:00 #9 Group A Estonia – Greece 0:4

14:15 #10 Group A Bulgaria – Tajikistan 1:0

16:30 #11 Group B India – Belarus 1:0

19:00 #12 Group B Russia – Latvia 1:0



Published: Monday, 09 January 2017 17:29

Nikolai Levnikov, the Presiding Referee of the Granatkin Memorial

“Referees will also have top-ranked four on this tournament”

A well-known football referee, an ex-Chairman of the Referee Committee of Russia, a citizen of St. Petersburg Nikolai Levnikov habitually leads the Referee Board of the XXIX International youth football tournament in memory of the first FIFA Vice-President  Valentin Granatkin, that traditionally takes place in January. Right after the tournament in Saint Petersburg Sports and Concert Complex Levnikov is flying to Astana since he was once again appointed to head the Department of referees and inspectors of the Kazakhstan football federation. He signed a two-year contract for the second time, as he held the same position years back in 2008-2009.

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