Belrusian left back Yulian Girik, who has recently moved from HC SKA Minsk to HC CSKA Moscow, in the interview to Handballfast chief editor Alexey Lebedev told how he succeeded to settle in a new city.
— Let’s start with everyday issues: how do you find Moscow after Minsk?
— Everything is fine! I settled down quickly, rent a flat very close to the sports centre on Vasilisa Kozhina street, literally across the street. However, I haven’t walked properly around the city yet. But I have already assessed the size of Moscow in comparison with Minsk, when I dealt with some legal issues. It was impressive!
— Have you ever been to the Russian capital before?
— I was there once a little over a year ago, when I came with SKA Minsk to the Match TV Cup. So, in fact, the acquaintance with the city still remains to happen. I will get used certainly, if anything — Misha Zhila and Artur Rud, who moved here earlier than me, will support me. Actually, they have already gave me all sorts of advice on minor issues: where to buy food, for example...
— Oh, concerning food: I know that the first thing everybody, coming from Belarus, notices is that you have better sausage!
— Well, I haven’t compared it yet. I brought supply of it with me (smiling).
— Then let’s compare training in SKA and CSKA: what surprised you most?
— The key difference is in approach. HC SKA Minsk raise players, while in CSKA they are imposed with demands like experienced players. In Minsk they set the task to learn, here — to fulfill. The focus is on the teamwork and making connections, — shared Girik.
Photo: HC CSKA press