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Moscow Patriots Win Russian Super Bowl

10. October 2012 by Masha 0 Comments

While football season in the U.S. has just begun, the Russian national American football finals have just finished. This past weekend, the Moscow Patriots beat the Chelyabinsk Scouts, 35-21.


Yet, American football receives little exposure in countries of the former Soviet Union. Games are rarely broadcast on television and the rules are largely misunderstood by sports fans. Coach Vasily Dobryakov believes a change is coming.


"It’s growing, but should be more popular," he said. "It’s right what we need in Russia. It’s a contact sport, team sports, with good looking guys playing tough game. That’s what we’re looking for."


All of the Russian players are amateurs who have full time jobs to help pay the expenses necessary to be involved in the sport. There are currently around 500 Russian men playing American football.


"It's a contact sport, and it's the kind of game where you can let out all your adrenaline on the field, but it stays on the field," said one player, Ivan Stelmakh. "Once you come off the pitch, you are fully relaxed and friends again with the opponents. I love this sport – my wife isn't always happy with me – but this is my life."


Source: RT