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Jehovah’s Witness, Andriy Nesmachniy to elevate his spiritual beliefs

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Andriy Mykolayovych Nesmachniy is a former Ukrainian football player who was born in Bryansk, Russia, on February 28, 1979. He has played his entire professional career for the Ukrainian Premier League club FC Dynamo Kyiv. He is an adept attacking left-back who can also play left midfield and center defense. Nesmachnyi also participated in a national football competition for Ukraine. Nesmachniy has received the most international caps for Ukraine.

In 2000, Nesmachnyi received his initial call-up to the Ukrainian national football team. He has received 63 caps since then. The pinnacle of his career came in 2006 when Ukraine qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time. The eventual champions Italy eliminated Ukraine in the quarterfinals.

Nesmachnyi notably skipped Ukraine’s national song and placed his hand over his heart at the World Cup in Germany. Nesmachnyi responded in an interview when asked about it, “My parents and I have been Jehovah’s Witnesses for a very long time.” Our religion forbids us from worshipping anyone or anything, even a flag or an anthem, or from placing our hands over our hearts. God, often known as Jehovah, deserves all honor and respect.

On March 17, Nesmachnyi decided to leave the Ukrainian national football team, adding that he and head coach Oleksiy Mykhailychenko remain friendly. He explained his choice, stating that he wants to prioritize his family, spirituality, and Dynamo’s club career. Nesmachnyi played 67 games for Ukraine before retiring, the first one being on April 26, 2000, against Bulgaria, and the last one being on February 10, 2009, against Slovakia.

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Salman Shaikh
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