Members of the Ivanushki International boy band who played at the FIFA Fan Fest also play football, as they said at the City Press Center before the performance in Nizhny Novgorod.
"I'm in Russian artist hockey Team Mosquito (Komar). Now a football team has also formed. The legendary Soviet and Russian footballer, Alexander Mostovoi, will coach us," said Kirill Andreyev adding that the football Team Mosquito will include actors Marat Basharov, Andrei Burkovsky and Andrei Merzlikin, and his fellow member of the band, Kirill Turichenko.
"My dad was a professional football player. He played for FC Kuban and dreamed that I would be a football player. I had some training. But, unfortunately, my mother took me to music school, the piano class. Daddy was upset because I played it better than I played football," Turichenko said.
Andrei Grigoryev-Apollonov said he never plays on the field, but he follows the tournament with pleasure:
"We always cheer, we have our favorite teams. And indeed it is great that Russia got to host the World Cup," he added.