Daria - Zenit St. Petersburg Fan

Daria Zenit St Petersburg Fan Interview With Football And The City

Daria

Zenit St. Petersburg Fan

My mind literally turned upside down and everything fell into place. I can’t find proper words to explain this feeling, it was like I found something I had been looking for for a very long time.
— Daria

FATC: What made you first fall in love with football? 

D: Watching UEFA final match between CSKA and Sporting, back than it made a huge impression on me and football started to win my heart.

FATC: How did you come to support Zenit?

D: On July 2, 2005 I accidentally came across a broadcast of the match between Zenit and Amkar, and my mind literally turned upside down and everything fell into place. I can’t find proper words to explain this feeling, it was like I found something I had been looking for for a very long time.

FATC: What are your earliest football memories?

D: Earliest football memory? It is when I was trying to understand all the rules and I was watching all the games of the League to sort it all out.

FATC: What is the hardest thing about being a Zenit fan? 

D: The hardest thing is to stay impartial when club is in difficult situations and to stay impartial towards players.   

FATC: What is the best thing about being a Zenit fan? 

D: Emotions, the opportunity to find new friends, to travel and to feel that you’re a part of something special.

FATC:  What is your favorite football memory? 

D: The first time I watched football match live in the stadium, when I saw the team at arm's length. That was an incredible feeling.

FATC: What is your worst football memory?

D: October 14, 2006. We played against Spartak Moscow and they scored literally a second before the ending of the match. We needed a victory or a draw, but Bystrov deprived us of this opportunity. I had an emotional shock that stayed with me for rest of my life. I can still hear the buzz of the stands after Spartak scored that goal and see the picture of happy Spartak fans in front of my eyes every time someone mentions that club.

FATC: Who is your favourite Zenit player of all time?

D: Among Russia players my favourite is Vyacheslav Malafeev, among foreign player - Nicolas Lombaerts

FATC: Who is your favorite non-Zenit player of all time? 

D: Zinedine Zidane.

FATC: Andrey Arshavin or Aleksandr Kerzhakov? 

D: Andrey Arshavin.

J.S. Leatherbarrow