Between 20 and 22 October, digital images of goalkeeper Lev Yashin will be available at 17 locations in central Moscow. Users of the city’s Histars App will be able to see the legend of Soviet sports and pose with him in photos. The player’s image will appear in major parks, near metro stations, on central streets and at stadiums. For example, users can take a selfie with the goalkeeper in Zaryadye Park, Sokolniki, Gorky Park, near Dynamo Stadium, and next to Pushkinskaya Metro Station and on Tverskaya Street.
“Until recently Lev Yashin’s image could only be photographed on Manezhnaya Square near the 2018 World Cup countdown clock — and near Spartak Stadium. We have increased the number of locations where digital characters can be seen, to commemorate Lev Yashin’s birthday, which is 22 October and which is remembered not only by devoted Dynamo fans, but by all football fans in general,” said Sergei Shakryl, who is in charge of the Know Moscow project.
A digital Lev Yashin will also appear near Kazan Arena on 21 October, in the capital of the Tatarstan Republic. On this day, Moscow Dynamo will play there against Rubin.
From 22 October, the digital image of the goalkeeper will again only be seen at two locations in Moscow: near Dynamo Stadium and on Manezhnaya Square. By the way, it is also possible to photograph Lev Yashin near Wembley Stadium in London.
A special compass in the Histars App menu will prompt the way to new locations with Yashin’s 3D images. Users can download digital characters within a 200-metre radius from a special tag. To take a picture with a 3D image, Yashin is first “caught” on a smartphone screen. Once the 3D image is captured, users can then rotate images 360 degrees, zoom in and out, and pose for selfies with it. Two 3D images have been created for the goalkeeper. The first digital Yashin is depicted standing with a football in hand, while the other holds the visor of his lucky black cap, which the player always wore when he came onto the pitch.
A lookalike of Lev Yashin embodied the famous image of the goalkeeper. To produce a 3D image, the lookalike was made up and dressed in the goalkeeper’s black uniform. Using a hand-held laser, specialists scanned his figure and then edited it on the computer. After processing, the digital character was uploaded into the application.
Lev Yashin was born in Moscow on 22 October 1929. He played for Moscow Dynamo and repeatedly played on the USSR’s national team. In 1963, he was recognised as the best player in Europe. On the pitch, the goalkeeper always wore a black uniform and a lucky black cap. Due to his commitment to a black uniform and his incredible agility, Lev Yashin was nicknamed Black Spider. In Moscow there are two monuments to the great football player: one — at Dynamo Stadium, the other — at Luzhniki. A street in southeastern Moscow is named after the goalkeeper. Yashin was buried at Vagankovskoye cemetery.
The Know Moscow: Photo App was launched in October 2015, in August 2017 it went international and changed its name to Histars. Histars digital characters can be found all over Europe. At first, the supplement had nine 3D personalities, including Viktor Tsoi, Yury Gagarin, Alexander Pushkin, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Mikhail Lomonosov, Ivan the Terrible, Peter the Great, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich. This year Lev Yashin, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Leo Tolstoy were added to the list. Histars can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play. Using the 3D images, the app seeks to interest young people in Moscow’s history and cultural heritage, to get them acquainted with famous Muscovites and legendary personalities who lived or visited the city.
In Moscow, digital Lev Yashin can be found:
— on Nikolskaya Street
— in Zaryadye Park
— on Strastnoy Boulevard
— at the 2018 World Cup Clock on Manezhnaya Square
— in Sokolniki Park
— near Pushkinskaya metro station
— on Tverskaya Street
— near Chekhovskaya metro station
— on Pushkinskaya Square
— near Tverskaya metro station
— near Biblioteka Imeni Lenina metro station
— near Mayakovskaya metro station
— near Arbatskaya metro station
— on Novy Arbat Street
— in Gorky Park
— at Spartak Stadium
— at Dynamo Stadium