this season, comes into force a new limit on foreign players. From now on, clubs will be able to make application, consisting of 25 players, not more than eight foreigners. The number of foreign players on the field at the same time is not limited.

to change the status of the Belarusian athletes, the President of the Russian football Union (RFU) Alexander Dyukov was announced in January 2019. A year later came the order of the Ministry of sport of the Russian Federation, according to which representatives of not only Belarus, but also Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan (countries of the Eurasian economic Union) July 2020 will not be considered as legionaries in Russia in competitions in football, basketball and volleyball.

This is very important including for Belarusians play in Russia. For the second season in a row, they officially will not be treated as foreigners, and therefore they will have more chances to practice.

the Most obvious plus for the legionaries I see that young people will become easier. In Russia will be easier to get talented Belarusian players. It’s very important to perform at a high level, only then they will pay attention, – said in an interview with “the Union,” former player of the national team of Belarus, champion of Russia in structure “the Locomotive” Sergey Gurenko.

Gurenko was right about young people. Although, of course, on the interest to the Belarusian football clubs the Russian Premier League probably also affected the broadcast of matches of the championship of Belarus on the Federal Russian TV channel “Match TV”. Anyway, the first signs are already there: the other day the Vice-champion of Russia, participant of League of Champions “the locomotive” should announce the transfer of striker Soligorsk Shakhtar Vitali Lisakovich. The attention of the RPL teams drew even more players from Belarus, but, unlike the Lisakovich, specifics are scarce.

the Most famous Belarusian in the Russian championship remains, CSKA coach Viktor Goncharenko. Career in one of the leading clubs in the RPL specialist was not so easy. On the one hand, he came to the team at a time of global restructuring, when almost all the leaders had left, with another three years of his leadership, CSKA have won just one trophy (the Supercup of Russia).

In late June, after defeat from “Zenith” (0:4), Goncharenko wrote a letter of resignation. Without waiting for the decision, the expert visited Belarus. However, the bosses of CSKA decided not to jump to conclusions and took a break. After spending a few days at home, Viktor returned to Moscow and resumed his duties. Then admitted the coach, he apologized to the players and explained it to them. What’s interesting: after returning Goncharenko “red-blue” markedly increased and eventually dropped into the UEFA zone in the championship, finishing in fourth place.

other famous b��of Morosov in RPL not to mention the longtime captain of “Krasnodar” Alexander Martynovich. For him new season – the 11th in Russia. Despite the respectable by football standards age (32 years) and the presence of competition, Alexander does not lose its position and remains a player of the starting lineup one of the best Russian teams.

the championship of Russia on football has been conducted since 1992. In tournament participate 16 teams.

the Record for number of wins is Spartak Moscow, winning the title ten times. Six times became the best “Zenit” (St. Petersburg) and CSKA (Moscow), three – capital “the locomotive” twice – Rubin Kazan, another trophy won the “Spartak-Alania” (Vladikavkaz).

as for the Belarusians, the most famous of them is the former midfielder of “Spartak” Vasily Baranov who have distinguished themselves in the late 90s. sheep – the quadruple champion of Russia, winner of the national Cup and Commonwealth Cup. Won in Russia, the trophies Yuri Zhevnov (two-time national champion, winner of Cup and super Cup), Sergey Gurenko (champion of Russia, three-time Cup winner, the winner of the Cup of Russia and CIS Cup) and Miroslav Romashchenko (two-time champion of Russia).

the Record for number of games in the championship of Russia among Belarusians is former midfielder “Dynamo” “Shinnik”, “Houston”, “Rostov” and “Krasnodar” Alexander Kulchiy (291 match).