Moscow - Lokomotiv Moscow's Brazilian goalkeeper Marinato
Guilherme has received Russian citizenship, the club reported Monday.
The 29-year-old Guilherme, who has been with the
railway-backed side since 2007, said that his decision to ask for Russian
nationalaity had been a deliberate choice.
"I live here together with my family and we feel
ourselves at home here," the club press service quoted Guilherme as saying
on their official site.
"I'm happy to become a part of this great
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Guilherme's new status will give Lokomotiv manager Igor
Cherevchenko more freedom in selecting his line-up for Premier League matches
as he will no longer be considered as a foreign player.
The league's existing regulations limit the number of
foreign footballers on the pitch to six players maximum in Premiership
Guilherme added that he would be keen to play for the
Russian national team if selected.
Earlier this year Igor Ananskikh, the chairman of sports
committee of the lower house of Russian parliament proposed an amendment to the
state citizenship law, making it easier for foreign athletes to acquire Russian
Ananskikh said that the success of naturalized foreign
athletes such as Korean short-track skater Viktor Ahn (also known as Ahn
Hyun-soo) and US snowboarder Vic Wild, who between them won five gold medals at
2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, was fundamental to his proposal.For
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