A digital Lev Yashin, one of the most popular in the Moscow Histars App, can now be seen at the 12 stadiums in the 11 Russian 2018 FIFA World Cup host cities. Football fans can now take a photo with the legendary goalkeeper near the Spartak and Luzhniki arenas in Moscow, and at the stadiums in St Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk.
This smart phone photo opportunity will be available through 15 July. The figure can be seen on a smart phone or tablet with the Histars App, downloadable in both Russian and English.
“The legendary Lev Yashin is admired by football fans in and outside Russia,” said Sergei Shakryl, head of the Get to Know Moscow project at Moscow’s Information Technologies Department. “This Soviet goalkeeper was the goalie on the world team in the famous match celebrating 100 years of English football at Wembley Stadium in 1963. Lev Yashin played in the first half and didn’t miss a save.”
Lev Yashin’s virtual figure can be seen in major parks and on the streets where Wi-Fi is available. There are now 13 new locations, including Zaryadye, Sokolniki, Gorky, and Tagansky parks, and Ilyinka mini-park, and Tsvetnoi and Gogolevsky boulevards. After the tournament, the virtual Lev Yashin will remain at two sites as before – Manezhnaya Square and Dynamo Stadium.
The footballer’s figure can be traced with the compass arrow in the Histars App menu. It can be spotted from within 50 metres, or sometimes over a hundred metres.
Once the figure is on the screen, it can be turned round and moved, and zoomed in on. There are two figures to choose from: Yashin with a ball in his hand or Yashin touching the famous black cap that he wore on the pitch.
Where the digital Lev Yashin’s can be seen in Moscow:
— Luzhniki Big Sports Arena
— Spartak Stadium
— Dynamo Stadium
— the 2018 World Cup clock in Manezhnaya Square
— Fan Fest site on Vorobyovy Gory
— Tverskoy Boulevard
— Tsvetnoi Boulevard
— Gogolevsky Boulevard
— Ilyinsky Mini-park
— Chistoprudny Boulevard
— Zaryadye Park
— Gorky Park
— Tagansky Park
— Sokolniki Park
— Fili Park
Lev Yashin was born in Moscow on 22 October 1929. He played for Moscow’s Dynamo team and for the USSR national team. In 1963, he was recognised as Europe’s best footballer. The player would always wear black and his famous cap on the pitch, which, together with his goalkeeping skills, earned him the nickname Black Spider. He is commemorated in monuments near Dynamo and Luzhniki stadiums in Moscow, and with a street name in southeast Moscow. Yashin is buried at Vagankovskoye Cemetery.
Histars, an augmented reality app, was launched in autumn 2015. It can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Originally, it had nine 3D-figures: singer and songwriter Viktor Tsoi, cosmonaut Yury Gagarin, poet and writer Alexander Pushkin, composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, scientist and philosopher Mikhail Lomonosov, Tsar Ivan the Terrible, Emperor Peter the Great, Napoleon Bonapart and Tsar Alexei Mikhailovich. Last year, they were joined by another three virtual figures, Lev Yashin, Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Leo Tolstoy.
The 2018 World Cup opened on 14 June and runs through 15 July in 11 Russian cities: Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk. The capital city is the key venue that will host 11 games and the closing ceremony. Most matches will be held at the Luzhniki Big Sports Arena - three group stage matches, and Round of 16, semi-final and final matches. Spartak Stadium will host five games - four group stage matches and one Round of 16 match.