Saturday, June 18, 2011
EUROPE: Movsisyan scores, Gullit gone
By Scott French
Pasadena's Yura Movsisyan scored again and FC Krasnodar captured two more victories in a wild week in the Russian Premier League highlighted by former Galaxy head coach Ruud Gullit's dismissal for loving the Chechen nightlife.
Movsisyan scored in the third minute of Krasnodar's 4-2 victory Tuesday over Volga Nizhny -- his second in as many games -- and the Byki (5-4-5) added to it a 1-0 triumph Saturday at archrival Kuban Krasnodar.
That's three in a row for the Bulls -- and three successive starts for Movsisyan, who has three goals in nine league appearances since joining the club in late January.
“I am very happy for the goal I scored. This was an important victory,” Movsisyan told Russian media. “If we lost points, we would fall behind on the table. It was necessary to win.
“I don’t know how many goals I will score. I don’t like to make predictions, but I will do everything for our team to win. I will do my best to score as many goals as possible.”
Next up for Krasnodar is Terek Grozny, which fired Gullit after Tuesday's loss at FK Amkar Perm -- to nobody's surprise. The Dutchman, an iconic midfielder and one of the world's finest players of the 1980s and 1990s, has a spotty managerial career, including a tumultuous nine months in L.A.
Gullit won just three times in 13 games for Terek, and only once in the last six, and Terek's owner, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, said before Tuesday's defeat that a loss would end his tenure. He accused Gullit of “thinking about bars and discos” rather than his duties.
Gullit, who says his “presence put Terek Grozny on the map; nobody had ever heard of the club,” learned he'd been canned from the Dutch media.
“This is all such a crazy story,” he told Dutch tabloid AD. “I don't know if I've been fired, but I've already said goodbye. I really have to laugh. I knew this was no ordinary country and no ordinary football league. But it's all been too bizarre for words.
“First the president threatens me, then we lose by a last-minute own goal, and then I find out from Holland that I'm fired. What can I do other than see the humor in it all? I knew I would be dismissed even if we'd won.”
Terek responded to the firing with a 2-0 victory Saturday over Kryliva Sove.
F YURA MOVSISYAN (Pasadena/Pasadena City College)
Club: FC Krasnodar (Russia, Russian Premier League)
Last week: Started, played 75 minutes, with a third-minute goal and a 55th-minute yellow card, as the ninth-place Bulls (5-4-5) scored a 4-2 win Tuesday vs. Volga Nizhny; started, played 80 minutes, in a 1-0 win Saturday at Kuban Krasnodar
Season: 9 league games (4 starts) with 3 goals, 10 games (4 starts) with 3 goals in all competitions
Next: Wednesday vs. 11th-place Terek Grozny (4-7-3), Sunday, June 26, vs. fifth-place Anzhi Makhachkala (6-3-5)