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[Albion] Albion have 30 (THIRTY) players on international duty this week



AZ Gull

@SeagullsAcademy Threads: @bhafcacademy
Oct 14, 2003
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Chandler, AZ
Casper Nilsson played 77 minutes and Yasin Ayari came on as a sub after 69 minutes as the Swedish U-21s triumphed over the Scots 3-2.

Tonight we have World Cup winner Alexis Mac Allister starting for the World Cup winners against Panama. Facundo Buonanotte is presumably on the bench (although I haven't actually seen a sub listing).

It's a busy day tomorrow with potentially ten Albion players in action for their national team.
 

shibainu

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Mar 9, 2023
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Japan
Kaoru Mitoma will play for Japan as a starter tonight (24 Mar., JST 7:30 PM, BST 10:30 AM) in a friendly in Japan against Uruguay.
 
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AZ Gull

@SeagullsAcademy Threads: @bhafcacademy
Oct 14, 2003
10,473
Chandler, AZ
Bouncing this thread for a player who is no longer at the Albion and 98% of NSC will never have heard of, but I'm absolutely delighted for him.

Kipras Kazukolovas - Lithuanian centre-back who joined us in the summer of 2017 to commence his scholarship (he had also had trials with LIverpool and Hertha Berlin). He had already captained the Lithuanian U-17 side and, despite still only being 16, was an unused sub for the Lithuanian U-21 side on September 5 2017. However, just four days later, in only his 3rd appearance for the Albion U-18s, he did his ACL in his left knee. He had surgery but after an MRI in May 2018 it was decided that his ACL would require further reconstruction and he went under the knife again.

He finally returned to action towards the end of the 2018-19 season and made four more appearances for the Albion U-18s; after a couple of appearances in friendlies in July 2019 it was deemed he needed a THIRD ACL operation. He made one final Albion appearance as a substitute in a friendly in September 2020 but that was it and he was released at the end of the 2020-21 season (having made 7 competitive appearances, all at U-18 level, during his 4-year Albion career). In November 2021 he joined Lithuanian side FK Zalgiris.

This season he has actually played in all 3 European competitions for Zalgiris, and he was called up to the Lithuanian national squad for this international break. On Friday he made his senior international debut, starting in a 2-0 defeat in Serbia. Today he started in a 0-0 draw in Greece.

For a lad who has been through the wringer and had his footballing dreams smashed to bits by injury issues, the last few days must have meant the world to him.
 

GT49er

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Feb 1, 2009
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Gloucester
Bouncing this thread for a player who is no longer at the Albion and 98% of NSC will never have heard of, but I'm absolutely delighted for him.

Kipras Kazukolovas - Lithuanian centre-back who joined us in the summer of 2017 to commence his scholarship (he had also had trials with LIverpool and Hertha Berlin). He had already captained the Lithuanian U-17 side and, despite still only being 16, was an unused sub for the Lithuanian U-21 side on September 5 2017. However, just four days later, in only his 3rd appearance for the Albion U-18s, he did his ACL in his left knee. He had surgery but after an MRI in May 2018 it was decided that his ACL would require further reconstruction and he went under the knife again.

He finally returned to action towards the end of the 2018-19 season and made four more appearances for the Albion U-18s; after a couple of appearances in friendlies in July 2019 it was deemed he needed a THIRD ACL operation. He made one final Albion appearance as a substitute in a friendly in September 2020 but that was it and he was released at the end of the 2020-21 season (having made 7 competitive appearances, all at U-18 level, during his 4-year Albion career). In November 2021 he joined Lithuanian side FK Zalgiris.

This season he has actually played in all 3 European competitions for Zalgiris, and he was called up to the Lithuanian national squad for this international break. On Friday he made his senior international debut, starting in a 2-0 defeat in Serbia. Today he started in a 0-0 draw in Greece.

For a lad who has been through the wringer and had his footballing dreams smashed to bits by injury issues, the last few days must have meant the world to him.
...............................and to think, compared to this, Fabrizio R. thinks he s a proper journo!
 

AZ Gull

@SeagullsAcademy Threads: @bhafcacademy
Oct 14, 2003
10,473
Chandler, AZ
On the subject of international involvement of former Albion players nobody has ever heard of....

John Lucero is a right-back who joined Albion at U-13 level from Peacehaven & Telscombe. He was released last summer by the club at the end of his scholarship. He moved to Worthing although I don't think he has featured for their first team. He has played for Newhaven this season and has been an unused sub for Lancing.

On Friday he was named as a substitute for the Philippines senior national side for a friendly against Kuwait in Kuwait City.
 

Brovion

AlecsGrandad
Jul 6, 2003
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I tell you @AZ Gull, you are one of the few people who has a username that accurately reflects them; your knowledge of the Albion players really IS A to Z.

(And yes I know the 'AZ' probably refers to Arizona, but both are true).
 

The Fits

Well-known member
Jun 29, 2020
8,334
Not an exaggeration to say Curacao look worse than a decent u16 school team. Hopefully Mac can come off at half time and come home. Utterly pointless..
 

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