Fyodor Smolov is reportedly in the shop window for a move to the English Premier League during the World Cup 2018 as he plays for Russia. In a video blog published the day before the start of the 2018 World Cup, the Krasnodar striker Smolov, said, “I believe that our national team has the potential to surprise.”
Russia goes into the 2018 tournament as the lowest ranked team at the World Cup in 65th place. Though Smolov thinks there are reasons to be optimistic. Smolov said in his Players Tribune video that the team’s performance at the 2017 Confederations Cup showed they are capable. The team was eliminated in the first round of that tournament. Smolov says that, “All the players, who were there, a certain experience… experience of playing against top teams.”
Smolov went on, “Everyone drew certain conclusions and benefited from it, including myself what was missing and what we should pay attention to.” The team captain continued, “I can tell for sure that we will bend over backward to succeed at the World Cup.” He called on the team’s fans to “support us with all their heart… I would like to ask our fans and fellow citizens to be patient and to believe in us.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Smolov Was Formerly Married to World Cup 2018 Ambassador Victoria Lopyreva
Smolov began dating Russian TV star Victoria Lopyreva in 2012. In 2013, the couple was married in a lavish ceremony in Bali. By 2015, the couple announced their divorce. Russian tabloids reported that Lopyreva believed that Smolov wasn’t ready to settle down and have a family. Smolov’s mother, Irina, later told reporters that the couple found it difficult to find time together because of her social calendar and his rigorous training schedule. Irina Smolov said that she was very close to Lopyreva and that Lopyreva called the Russian’s captain’s mother “Mom.” Smolov previously said that his mother “is soft, empathetic and talkative.”
GettySmolov’s former wife, Victoria Lopyreva.
Speaking to the Sun, Lobyreva made it clear that her past relationship will not impact her support for Smolov and his teammates. The model said, “We Russians will put heart and soul into supporting our players. I’ll be cheering for Russia, that’s for sure!” Lobyreva went on to say that the Russian team should look Iceland’s heroics at Euro 2016 …read more