The famous national team and Washington's forward Alexander Ovechkin told the Sovietsky Sport Dmitry Ponomarenko for whom he was rooted at the game Anji vs. Zenith. "I am actually a fan of Moscow Dynamo," says Ovechkin. I ended up in Makhachkala for two reasons. First, I was invited by my friend, who is Anji fan. And second, a good friend of mine Alexander Prudnikov is playing for Anji. So we have combined the two in one, flew to my friend's home and rooted for Prudnikov.
So... in this game you were rooting for...
For the beautiful game! And my friend Sasha Prudnikov. Until he was substituted at 63rd minute.
How long have you been friends with a footballer?
For about 4 years. We met on the television show about soccer. Back then I heard that Prudnikov played for Moscow Spartacus. And I was said, "you have a twin brother. Only he plays football." I went to see with my own eyes...
Alexander Prudnikov on the left
And is he really look-alike?
Friends say, yes. But either way we keep in touch with Alexander. He comes to me in America for two years in a row. And I try whenever possible to support him at his games.
Who put you in this burka and papakhi?
I was very well received in Makhachkala in general. Was acquainted with the President of Dagestan, was greeted at the stadium ... I liked everything very much! But burka and papakhi - it was part of the program. To me it was interesting to try it on.
They probably presented you with something, did they?
I've got a dagger. I brought it with me to Moscow.
Probably Mago invited him (third from the left)...
What could you do without Wikipedia?
A burka is a dress made from felt or karakul (the short curly fur of young lambs of the breed of that name). Burkas were part of the customary male garb of various peoples inhabiting the Caucasus region. Burkas were adopted by Russian cavalry, and worn as part of the Russian military uniform from the middle of the 18th century until the 1850s, during the Caucasus War. Vasily Chapayev wore a burka as a part of his military uniform.
Papakhi, also known as Astrakhan hat in English, is a male wool hat worn throughout the Caucasus.
Papakhi are also donned by the Chechens and other Caucasian tribes and were introduced to the Russian army following the campaigns in the Caucasus mountains, becoming an official part of the uniform in 1855 for the Cossacks, and, later, for the rest of the cavalry.
Caucasian Dagestan dagger.
Dagestani Sunni Muslim man wearing traditional dress and headgear, with a sheathed dagger at his side. 1905-1915. Photograph: Prokudin Gorskii