04 July 2013
The World University Games kick off tomorrow (Friday) for Team Ireland Football Squads with tough starts for both male and female sides.
The Men's squad face hosts Russia in a game which is being televised live, while the Women's squad face the holders China, both games in Rubin Stadium.
Women's Team Manager Sue Ronan is happy with the way the squad have settled in so far, with the facilities and food very good compared to the last time the football squads entered the games four years ago.
'Training has gone very well since we arrived on Monday and all players are available for selection tomorrow which is great! However the heat is going to be a major factor with temperatures expected to be in the 30's when we kick-off at 11am, so the use of subs will be very important," said Ronan.
"With all the matches on artificial turf pitches, we've been training at Rubin Kazan's training facility, which is top class. However there's no doubt that playing on turf is a different game and one we're not totally comfortable with, so that will make it more difficult for us.
"Our first game is against China which will be tough as they won the competition last time out. But it will give us an idea of the level we will be playing against for the rest of the tournament because I expect all teams to be at a high standard.
"Regarding the experience of participating at the World Student games for the players, the village is starting to fill up with more athletes arriving each day so the excitement of the event is really building.'
Men's Football Manager Danny Crowley said: "Having put in a lot of work back home and over here in Kazan we are now ready for the games to begin.
"The set up in the athletes village and the training facilities are top class so we have a very happy camp at the moment. Obviously it's a tall order to have the hosts Russia as our first game but we will go into the game ready to give all we have to get a result.
"We are expecting a big crowd to be cheering on the home team and the game is going out live on Russian TV but we will be hoping to make it a difficult night for them.
"It really is a fantastic opportunity for our student athletes to play in games at this level so we want them to go out and give everything they have for Team Ireland."
The Men's Ireland v Russia game will be streamed live by clicking here at 5pm Irish (8pm local).