Friday night for the national teams

Zenit footballers will be defending the colors of their national teams as part of the qualification stage of EURO 2012 tonight.

At 19.00 St. Petersburg time the Zenit fullback Tomas Hubocan will come onto the field at Republican Stadium in Yerevan for Slovakia`s match with Armenia.

At 20.00 in Kazkhstan the Belgian national team, featuring the Zenit fullback Nicolas Lombaerts , will take on the home squad.

At 22.15 in Luxembourg the Zenit and Belarussian goalie Yury Zhevnov will start the Group D battle. It`s likely that Sergey Kornilenko, another Russian league player from currently on loan from Zenit to Rubin will also play.

At 22.30 Danko Lazovic and Aleksandar Lukovic will come onto the field of Belgrade`s Partizan Stadium in their Group C meeting with Estonia. The match will be refereed by the Russian Maxim Layushkin, who recently worked Zenit`s match in Grozny with Terek.

At 22.45 Russia`s match with Ireland will begin. The Russian side will feature Vyacheslav Malafeev, Alexander Anyukov, Konstantin Zyryanov, Vladimir Bystrov, Roman Shirokov, Igor Denisov, Alexander Bukharov and Alexander Kerzhakov. Considering the ex-Zenit players who have been invited to the team as well (Andrey Arshavin, Igor Semshov, Pavel Pogrebnyak, and Alan Kasaev), then Dick Advocaat, the former coach of Zenit, can make his starting squad entirely of players who have worn blue-white-light blue uniforms. Furthermore, the players will likely be prepared for the match by Sergey Kolesnikov, the Zenit masseuse, who is also in Ireland now.

At 23.45 the series of national team matches with Zenit players will be completed by the Portuguese side, featuring Miguel Danny and Bruno Alves. Portugal will take on Denmark at the Estadio do Dragao in Porto. The Danish side, by the way, will feature Michael Lumb, another Zenit player currently on loan to Feyenoord.