Alexey Miller

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SAINT PETERSBURG, June 13. /TASS/. St. Petersburg “Zenith” is the most popular football club in Russia with the most powerful army of fans. This opinion on the presentation of the new head coach of “Zenit” Roberto Mancini expressed the Chairman of the Board “Gazprom” Alexey Miller.

Presentation a 52-year-old specialist is held on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. The Italian arrived in the city earlier in the day. Mancini was appointed head coach of “Zenith” on 1 June.

“Zenith” today, the most popular and most favorite club in Russia, he has the most powerful army of fans. You know, it is not by chance that Zenit deserved to be the first of its spectacular victories, beautiful game, and of course our rich history. Petersburg is the birthplace of Russian football . For our rich club history was won all the national trophies and the Soviet Union, and Russia, and today Zenit is a club that has all the European trophies except the Champions League,” said Miller.

“Zenit have a strong name, the club is regularly ranked in the top twenty in Europe. It is important that in recent years, the club is financially self-sufficient, this is our base for development. Signor Mancini, you’ve achieved success in Italy, England, Turkey, but the most significant victories you can achieve in Russia. To become a champion one sixth of the land, to be the champion of the country with 11 time zones, I want to wish you good luck”, – concluded the Chairman of the Board of “Gazprom”.

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of “Zenith” Dyukov expressed his hope that the stay at the club, Mancini will be successful. “We have a glorious history, a modern infrastructure, but Zenit have never stayed there, we have ambitious goals. At this stage we place special hopes on Mancini. The city and sponsors are waiting for the victory in the championship of Russia, but we also want to be in the top ten clubs in Europe, we are confident that the experience, Mancini will help to achieve these objectives,” – said the functionary.

The Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko also expressed his opinion on the appointment of Mancini. “Lately, we’ve been waiting for good results, the changes are overdue. Grateful to the club President Sergei Fursenko’s decision. I am sure that Mancini will help Zenit to regain first place in the championship and will achieve success in competitions”, – said the Governor.