AS Monaco footballer played for the Russian national team prior to the 2022 World Cup

The attacking midfielder of FC Monaco was included in the list of players who Valeri Karpin, coach of the Russian national football team, called up for the two important games of the qualifying tournament for the 2022 FIFA World Cup (21 November-18 December in Qatar), namely for the games against Cyprus and Croatia. How did he perform and how did these games go?

 Against Cyprus, the Russian national team won 6-0, but against Croatia they were less fortunate. In the final minutes, one of the Russian players accidentally scored an own goal, giving the Croatian team the victory. Now Russia will have to play in the qualifying matches.


In his match with Cyprus, Alexandr Golovin came on the pitch as captain of the Russian team and gave an assist for one of the goals scored by Russians into the Cyprus net. The Red-Whites’ number 17, whom Valeri Karpin appointed as the captain during the game with Cyprus, was brilliant overall in the match held at the home arena of FC Zenit in St. Petersburg (6-0 win). For the prior CSKA Moscow player this meeting was his first as the national team captain. For the now Monaco player this was his 13th goal in 44 games played for the national team.

However, Alexandr Golovin, as well as his team-mate Fyodor Smolov will not be able to help the national team in the first qualifying match. Both players received yellow cards and a caution in the second half against Croatia. These matches will be played in March 2022. The draw for it, which will decide Russia’s opponents, takes place on 26th November.

New Vice-president of AS Monaco

Dmitry Rybolovlev, President of AS Monaco FC has accepted the resignation of Willy de Bruyn, who has been a member of the Board since 2011. Mr. Rybolovlev has offered Mr. De Bruyn the role of advisor to the CEO of the club. Juan Sartori has joined the Board as a new member. Mr. Sartori was born in 1981 in Montevideo, Uruguay. He holds a degree from the École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Lausanne, Switzerland.

Mr. Sartori has extensive experience leading businesses in different countries. He serves on the boards of six companies, including Union Acquisition Group, of which he is a co-founder and non-executive Chairman of the Board. Mr. Sartori also owns a stake in the League One English football club, Sunderland, which he acquired together with a consortium of partners in 2018. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Sunderland. Since 2015, Juan Sartori has been married to Ekaterina Rybolovleva.

In addition to joining the Board, Mr. Sartori has also been appointed as Vice President of AS Monaco FC. As a member of the Board and Vice President he will support the Board’s effort to keep the club’s strategy up to date with the constantly evolving football landscape and monitor the execution of the strategy by the management team.

“I would like to thank Willy de Bruyn for his many years of service and his contribution to the work of the Board of directors, as well as for his involvement in and dedication to our club. I welcome Juan Sartori to the Board. I believe that his international managerial experience in both business and sports, as well as his vision and energy, will be beneficial to the club. Oleg Petrov remains a Board member, Vice President, and CEO of AS Monaco FC. He continues to be responsible for all operational activities of the club. Last season, the club’s management made many positive structural changes. We will remain on our path of continuous improvement,” said president of AS Monaco FC, Dmitry Rybolovlev.


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