50 days before the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 the Voice of the Match football commentator contest results were summed up in Saransk. In total, the contest received more than 20 applications from schoolchildren and students of the Republic of Mordovia, seven of the best ones got to the finals.
"We are pleased that the interest in football and the upcoming tournaments - the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - is growing and gaining momentum," the head of the ANO Directorate on preparation and staging of the 2018 World Cup in the Host City of Saransk Aleksey Pleshachkov greeted the contest participants. "I want to thank those who took part in the Voice of the Match contest, especially our finalists for their excellent competitive work. Football fans know that the impression of the game depends a lot on the commentator of the match. Correctly and timely comments on game situations, correctly named players, stories of the teams playing, objectiveness - these are important for the commentator mission, I hope that today you will perfectly cope with all tasks, and we will not only see the beautiful game, but also hear it. "
At the first stage of the contest, participants were asked to write down their comments on any match and send an audio fragment to the contest Organising Committee. The Organising Committee selected seven most interesting works on four criteria: artistry, literacy, knowledge of the rules and history of football and the general impression. Those who passed through the correspondence stage of the contest had to compete in the finals and comment on the excerpt from a football match. For this purpose, the FIFA Confederations Cup 2013 final match between the national teams of Brazil and Spain was taken.
During the event, the new host city of Saransk ambassador was introduced - famous Russian sports journalist Ilya Kazakov.
Andrey Chirin became the winner of the competition, he was deemed best at all the contest tasks. "This competition is a fantastic opportunity to express yourself! It's great to be a part of the football world. Emotions are fantastic, because these are two big differences when you comment on a match for yourself and your family, and when you go out to the audience. It spurs your emotions, which you even have to fight sometimes. Positive feelings, overall," said Andrey.
All participants of the contest received presents - memorabilia of the 2018 World Cup from the host city of Saransk. Three finalists got their presents from the sports institutions of the city: the Ice Palace, the Palace of Water Sports and the START sports centre. The finalists' gifts were supplemented with a memorable ball autographed by the FC Mordovia players, the possibility of holding a match of the Football National League at the START stadium and a visit to the backstage area for communication and photo with the invited star of the FIFA fans' festival.
Photo: © ANO Directorate on preparation and staging of the 2018 World Cup in the Host City of Saransk™