World Cup 2018: Guardian Experts' Network.  On 21 October 2020, Miranchuk made his debut for Atalanta as a substitute in the Champions League, and scored his first goal for the club. As it was, their fortunes soon began to contrast.  On 3 June 2018, he was included in the finalized World Cup squad. Anton Andreyevich Miranchuk (Russian: Антон Андреевич Миранчук, IPA: [ɐnˈton ɐnˈdrʲe(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ mʲɪrɐnˈtɕuk]; born 17 October 1995) is a Russian professional football player who plays as a centre midfielder or attacking midfielder for Lokomotiv Moscow and the Russia national team.  His only World Cup appearance came as a starter in the last group-stage game against Uruguay which Russia lost 0–3 and Miranchuk was substituted by Fyodor Smolov after an hour of play. For years, everything had been about Alexey. Born in Slavyansk-na-Kubani, Miranchuk started playing football in his hometown football school Olymp. Anton had barely been involved in the first team and had effectively been forgotten while Alexey shot to the top. Then, he and his twin brother Anton arrived in Moscow, joining the youth ranks of Spartak Moscow.  On 30 June 2016, Miranchuk made his debut in UEFA Europa League, in a 1-1 draw with Faroese side HB in a first qualifying round. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 14 June. Opponents of Russia's national side can be forgiven for confusion as they face two identical players: twin brothers Anton and Alexei Miranchuk. Then, he and his twin brother Anton arrived in Moscow, joining the youth ranks of Spartak Moscow. They gave way to younger talent after 2016 and, although playing in a completely different area of the pitch, the Miranchuks fit that definition perfectly. Over his year in Estonia, Miranchuk played 40 games, scored 15 times and made 11 assists. Miracles are expected from both– a situation that looked inconceivable only 12 months ago. He made his debut in UEFA Europa League on 28 August 2014, coming on as a second-half substitution for Manuel Fernandes in a 1–4 defeat to Cypriot side Apollon Limassol. Aleksey Miranchuk, 25, from Russia Atalanta BC, since 2020 Attacking Midfield Market value: £16.20m * Oct 17, 1995 in Slavyansk-na-Kubani, Krasnodar Region, Russia He received a special pair of boots for the privilege; he has hardly looked back since and the upshot, in short, is that Alexey is already a fully-formed star. On 2 February 2016, Miranchuk was sent on loan to Estonian club Levadia Tallinn. While Bilic put Alexey in his starting lineup, Anton trained, trained and trained, seeing coaches come and go – but did not get a sniff, save for a two-minute appearance against Rotor Volgograd in the cup. After that, he and his twin brother Aleksei moved to Lokomotiv Moscow. His performances got him the title of the best Lokomotiv player of the month by fans' poll on social networks in April 2015 and May 2015.. - Michael Jordan | CBS Sports - Duration: 12:15.  He made his debut for the new team on 2 April 2016, in a 1-1 home draw with Nõmme Kalju. After that, he and his twin brother Aleksei moved to Lokomotiv Moscow. Aleksei won three titles of Russian League in his age category and scored a goal in the final twice. You always have to start from football, then you will get results.". He made his debut for Russia national football team on 7 October 2017 in a friendly game against South Korea.. However, they did not last long in this club, being expelled because of their insufficient physical abilities.. The playmaker spent his early career behind his twin in the pecking order but the two of them are now Russia’s key creators, Tue 29 May 2018 09.00 BST A greater show of belief came from Lokomotiv, who took them in and put them up in a boarding school. More From Chiesa Di Totti Across the Romaverse, Episode II: Juve Recap, Transfer Rumors, Udinese Preview & Confronting the Pronunciation Police; Rumor Updates: Smalling Nearly Done, Mayoral To Roma, Fazio to Sampdoria & More Anton Miranchuk in action for Dynamo Moscow against Zenit St Petersburg this month. All rights reserved. Their mother Yelena, a teacher, was given a job at the school too and the pair say that was vital for their wellbeing. He was dismissed from the club because of weak physical abilities.  By the end of 2016 Meistriliiga season, he scored 14 goals and became the best goalscorer of his team in the league.
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