The topic number one in Poland is whether Wilfredo Leon should play for the national team or not after he gained the Polish citizenship. Local media contacted Tomaso Totolo, an Italian coach who spent the last season in Zenit working with Cuban star, and he stated that Russians haven’t really considered an option of taking Leon to their national team.
“In Russia it is different. Here, the national team is treated as a reflection of their own volleyball achievements. Domestic players are growing in their league, climbing through the national team sections until they are finally able to play for the senior squad. The exceptions are of course players from the former Soviet republics. Personally, I am not a supporter of a ‘foreign players in national teams’ idea, because the only thing that connects them with that country is a piece of paper. But, if that is what Leon has decided it means that he is treating Poland as his second homeland” said Totolo for plusliga.pl.
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