Alexander Shmurnov is the fifth commentator to leave Match TV in a year (this, by the way, not the limit).
“He has officially ended his relationship with Match TV,” Shmurnov confirmed on Twitter. – It is symbolic that the company, then “NTV +”, came exactly 19 years ago, day after day. Thank you all for your attention. ” Neither Alexander nor the channel told about the reasons for the separation. It is also unknown whether the journalist will continue to work on TV
Shmurnov is definitely one of the most discussed commentators. He has been on sports television since the days of NTV-Plus. Below are his brightest speeches – both during reports and outside of television broadcasts.
In the 2012/13 season, Spartak met Fenerbahce in the Champions League play-offs. The first match in Moscow was won 2: 1. In the second they kept 1: 1, and Shmurnov gave one of the most emotional reports in his career. The whole nerve cannot be transmitted by text (there is a video), but here are three vivid quotes.
In the last round of the group stage of the Champions League season 2015/16, “Real” beat “Malmö” – 8: 0. In that game, Ronaldo made poker, and for some reason Shmurnov did not like the fact that Cristiano celebrated one of the goals too emotionally.
In October 2018, Shmurnov promised to “withdraw from football” if Kokorina and Mamaeva are not punished for beating people.
A few months later, he explained his position in detail – very outrageous! He hinted that he would not leave television because of Kokorin and Mamayev.
In November 2020, the commentator came to a podcast by Gleb Chernyavsky, where he called Joseph Stalin a cannibal.
Shmurnov is very fond of French football. One day he was incredibly upset that Lyon striker Bafetimbi Gomis received the ball while out of the game. Schalke eventually won 3-0, but Lyon still left the group.
In 2018, Alexander offered Lazio head coach Simone Inzaghi to take coaching courses after he replaced forward Ciro Immobile with defender Jordan Lukaku in a match against Inter. In three years, Simone will be promoted to the same “Inter”.
In September 2020, one of the most scandalous matches in the history of RPL took place. “Spartak” at home drew with “Sochi” 2: 2, receiving both goals from the controversial penalty. Shmurnov commented on the match, and after that called on “Spartak” to withdraw from the championship – more to Leonid Fedun.
And Alexander threatened not to shake hands with the main referee of the match Vasily Kazartsev, who showed a card to Alexander Sobolev for removing his T-shirt. In this way, the player honored his mother’s memory.
In September 2021, Shmurnov fell for Alexei Andronov because of a dispute over his return to “spring-autumn”. The commentator exploded during the recording of the issue on the YouTube channel “Andronov vs Shmurnov”: he threw a cap at a colleague, saying that he would no longer participate in the program. But a week later Shmurnov appeared in a new issue – and yes, Andronov was there too.
In April 2019, the commentator reacted very painfully to the fire in the Notre Dame Cathedral. Restoration of the cultural monument continues to this day.
During the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Shmurnov criticized Match TV correspondent Dmitry Zanin for poor performance at the Games. A little later, Alexander apologized.
Defender of “Spartak” Nikolai Rasskazov made a few mistakes in the home match of the group stage of LE with “Leicester”. Shmurnov was clearly not thrilled.
Bonus by Romana Nagucheva