World Soccer - - Euro Season Review -

The new name in the Rus­sian top flight next sea­son will pro­vide a big boost to travel agents – if not ri­val fans, who will have to travel some 6,000 kilo­me­tres east to Khabarovsk, which is just a few miles from the Chi­nese bor­der. The flight time is al­most eight hours from Moscow, with a time dif­fer­ence of seven hours.

The na­ture of SKA’s pro­mo­tion – a 5-3 penalty shoot-out vic­tory over Oren­burg in a pro­mo­tion-rel­e­ga­tion play-off, af­ter 0-0 draws in both home and away legs – does not sug­gest they will win over many neu­tral fans in their de­but Pre­mier League sea­son.

How­ever, they are not short of eye-catch­ing tal­ent, such as Ar­gen­tinian striker Juan Ed­uardo Les­cano, who was once on the books of Real Madrid.

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