Part of the Russian national football team, player Denis Cheryshev and his father - former football player for the Russian team Dmitri Cheryshev - became ambassadors of Nizhny Novgorod as a host city of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, the Nizhny Novgorod Region Deputy Governor Dmitri Svatkovsky said at the press conference on summing up the intermediate results of preparation for the 2018 World Cup.
"Both of them are immersed in the training process, so the could not join us today," Svatkovsky said. The regional authorities told Welcome2018 that several other ambassadors are expected; their exact number is not yet stated. In particular, according to Svatkovsky, negotiations with the Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova are in progress.
"I am very happy and proud that Denis and I were chosen as ambassadors of the host city of Nizhny Novgorod,” Dmitri Cheryshev told Welcome2018.com. “We will make every effort so that more and more people in Europe learn about Nizhny Novgorod, and in 2018 as many guests as possible visit our homeland. I know that the matches will have a great success, and all the tourists will admire the Volga beauty," he said.
Cheryshev said that foreigners often ask about Russia. “In Spain people often ask about the upcoming World Cup, and the closer 2018 is, the more questions will be asked,” he said. “ I always say that the football community will witness the best championship in the history, that they can rest assured – everything will be at a high level, Russia has a great experience in the organization of the Olympic Games. Therefore, I tell everybody in Spain, "Welcome to Russia!" Now, I will promote the Championship and Nizhny Novgorod even more actively,” he said.
The official stamping ceremony for postcard depicting Nizhny Novgorod is scheduled after the press conference. Minister of Sport of the Nizhny Novgorod region Sergey Panov and President of the Interregional public organization “Privolzhie” Football Union Vladimir Afanasiev will attend the ceremony.
Cheryshev senior began his career in 1987 in football club Khimik Dzerzhinsk. In 1990 he moved to Nizhny Novgorod Lokomotiv, where he stayed until 1992. In 1992/93 pre-season he was invited to the Moscow Dynamo, where he spent three years. During this time Cheryshev played in more than 100 games and scored 37 goals. Representing the blue and white team, Cheryshev attracted attention of the coaching staff of the Russian national team.
In 1996 Cheryshev went to Spain, where he signed a contract with Sporting de Gijón for five years. He began his coaching career in 2003 at the Real Aranjuez. In 2006, he began to coach children’s team of Real Madrid.
In July 2015, Dmitri Cheryshev entered the coaching staff of Sevilla.
Denis Cheryshev started his career in 1996 in a children’s school of Sporting de Gijón, the team of his father at the time. In 2002, he was to Real Madrid School. He passed all stages of the club's youth teams. In 2003, Real junior team won the club championship of Europe, and Denis received the prize of the best forward of the tournament.
In 2008, Denis became a part of the second team of the club - Real Madrid Castilla. On November 27, 2012, Cheryshev made his debut in the 1/16 final match of the Spanish Cup against Alcoyano. He became the first Russian player in the club's history.
In 2013 Cheryshev was loaned to Seville and Villarreal. On February 1, it was announced that he will play for Valencia until the end of 2015/16 season.