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"All the championships are pleasant. It's not correct to compare them. Because we were delighted when we were first in 2009 and 2013. It is the victory of all of us, the whole of Azerbaijan".
He said that despite defeat in the first round, the national team didn't lose championship confidence. According to E. Safarli, Azerbaijani chess players were worthy to become winners: "I'd like to congratulate everyone on the occasion of the third championship. It's noteworthy that we have won 5 medals in the last 6 European Championships. One of them is bronze, one is silver, and three are gold medals. Generally, the European Championship in Greece was very successful for Azerbaijan. We tried, we did our best and grabbed the first place".
Saying that he was successful as a captain, E. Safarli added that after the victory over Armenian team, the Azerbaijani team began to believe in itself more: "I was successful as a captain. But I think that this is win of my team-mates. The match with Armenia was difficult. After this game, we started to believe in ourselves more".
2017.11.08 / 12:24