The Gazprom Academy celebrates Dmitry Besov's 95th birthday
On 16 April, the Gazprom Academy hosted a birthday party in honor of the founder of the blue-white-sky blues original football school, Dmitry Nikolaevich Besov.
Mr Besov was then congratulated by the Acting Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zenit, Elena Ilyukhina, and the President-General Director of the club, Alexander Medvedev and received a number of messages from his former pupils and legends of Russian football including Anatoly Zinchenko and Vladislav Radimov.
Mr Besov told us: “I am shocked to receive such attention and I am always very pleased to return to the academy and to meet my friends here. For me, this has been a great pleasure and a wonderful celebration. I sincerely thank everyone who has come to congratulate me. Thank you very much!"
To round off the event, a friendly match took place between the coaches of the Gazprom Academy and legendary Zenit players who graduated from the academy. The graduates won 4-3 thanks to braces from Andrei Arshavin and Vladimir Bystrov.