Timofei Kalachev, the best football player of Belarus 2016 has given an interview to the TV program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev.
Timofei, good evening! I congratulate you on this wonderful title. It has been, however, a bit overshadowed by your statement that you end career in the Belarus national team. I honestly thought that, in general, you decided to end your football career. You wrote that the decision was not easy. But why?
Timofei Kalachev, the best football player of Belarus in 2016:
I have given a great deal of life to Belarus, I guess. I played for Belarus a lot of games.
You've been playing for Belarus since 2004?
And if you count the youth period, it began even earlier. Plus the U19 national team.
That is, I put a lot of energy and health in these games.
Therefore it is very difficult to talk about it and understand that my career for Belarus ends.
Have you decided to focus on the club career?
This decision, first of all, was made only because this year, in this qualifying we have not succeeded...
Luxembourg knocked you all down?
Of course, it was very disappointing. We are very sorry [that Belarus drew that game and lost vital points]. And so Belarus now has almost no chances of getting into World Cup 2018.
And I'm already 35 - this is quite a lot and I decided to simply end my national career because I need to give way to the young players.
Because I understand that thanks to the national team, they may get to stronger clubs in stronger championships, from where they will return to bring even more to the national team.