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Stepanenko: to Naturalize me for the national team of Belarus? Oh no

Степаненко: Натурализовать меня для сборной Беларуси? Ну уж нет

The midfielder of Shakhtar and Ukraine national team dramatically responded to the proposal to change the team from Belarusian journalists

“My mother met a man from Belarus. She went to him, he stayed with her. One day decided to come together. So mom and ended up in Belarus. Naturalinability me for your team?! Oh no. So many years in Ukraine… This is my country, and no matter what it will not change,“ said Stepanenko in an interview to Pressball.

Also midfielder told why to go to rest in the occupied Crimea.

“Understand that the country is in a difficult situation. We took the Crimea. But I still consider Crimea as Ukrainian territory. Despite the fact that it was occupied. Here people write: you feed someone else’s army… But I do want to rest my family. The children have improved their health. I did myself as a child often went on vacation in the Crimea“, – he said.

  • Ukraine – Belarus: Where to watch the qualification for Euro 2016

Recall that the match of the 8th round of Euro-2016 qualification Ukraine – Belarus on 5 September in Lviv Arena Lviv. Live match will show the channels Ukraine and Football 1.

We will add that SPORT bigmir)net will lead a text online broadcast of the match, which will start at 19:00.


Note that the first match between national teams of Ukraine and Belarus in the selection for Euro 2016 was held on 9 October 2014 in Borisov (Belarus). Then our team defeated the rival with the score 2:0.

See gallery: the hardest victory: How the national team of Ukraine has pulled in Belarus three points (photo)
Степаненко: Натурализовать меня для сборной Беларуси? Ну уж нет