Today Lukoil Cup 2017 was presented at Russian Football Union's office.
The main guest of the event was the global ambassador of the project, the legend of world football, the owner of "Golden Ball" and "Golden Boot" Hristo Stoichkov. The presentation was also attended by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to Russia, Boyko Kotsev, ex-captain of the Russian team, Ambassador of the World Cup 2018, Anti-Racism Inspector of the Russian Football Union Alexey Smertin and the President of the Sports Club "Lukoil" Vladimir Zolotukhin. Young players of the Academies of "Spartak Moscow" and "Lokomotiv" - the tournament participants - were also as special guests of the event.
The President of the Sports Club "Lukoil" Vladimir Zolotukhin made a welcoming speech: "Our tournament is five years old, and it has become truly international in such countries as Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Romania, Croatia and many others. It was played by representatives of more than 40 countries, this year it is timed to coincide with the FIFA Confederations Cup, which is taking place in Russia, which is why the qualifying games of the first Russian qualifiyng round took place in the cities where it was held, the guys had a chance not only to identify the strongest, but also to visit the stadiums. ]We are grateful for the support of the Russian Football Union and our ambassadors - famous players, football legends. I want to invite all to the Lokomotiv Stadium from 12 to 16 of August to the Russian final. The winner will go to Bulgaria, where will compete with the five best teams of other countries."
"I would like to wish the children success and patience. Sport demands self-sacrifice, spirit, discipline to achieve results. This year marks the fifth year of the tournament, in which I participate from the beginning. I am glad that every year it grows stronger, we see different countries, different team teams that accept our slogan "Play against racism," said Hristo Stoichkov, "Today we are talking not only about football, but about racism, and it's very important to explain to the guys from a small age that for real players who had the opportunity to play for many teams - we never used the word "racism" on the field and outside, we always tried to be an example for young people, which is why I want to establish my prize: the best player of the tournament will receive as a gift a copy of my Golden Ball. "
"The importance of the tournament is difficult to overestimate, because it performs not only a sport mission," said former captain of the Russian national team, and now the RFU inspector for anti-racism Alexey Smertin. - It is generally known that it is in childhood that all fundamental principles are gained in a person, including rejection of racism. The football field is an excellent platform for manifesting your best qualities, and on it you can communicate with representatives of other countries and nationalities without even knowing foreign languages. Respect partners and rivals even if you not understand what they are talking about, because communication on the field is in all the clear language of football.
At the conclusion of the press conference, the total number of votes for the mascot-talisman of the tournament was given the name "Druzhok", proposed by Stoichkov himself (from bulgarian. - "friend"). After this young players left on the Russian flag their wishes to the Russian national team. This banner with children's parting words will be transferred by Alexey Smertin to the head coach of the national team Stanislav Cherchesov.
Hristo Stoichkov and Alexey Smertin presented Lukoil Cup 2017 today