Elvira Todua // Photo: rfs. ru
- I became interested in football in childhood - when I was still living in Abkhazia. After the forced move to Russia during the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict, I began to study in a section in the village of Donskoy in Novocherkassk.
She trained on a par with the boys. My first team is Don-Tex ( design and service technical school team. - Ed.) of the city of Mine.
I have been playing football professionally for 20 years, and CSKA came to the ZhFK immediately after its formation.
I was leased from Rossiyanka, where I had already played seven years by that time - to help youth and the club in their formation. I stayed here. They try to compare me with Igor Akinfeev. I believe that we are similar in that both came early to football and both at the age of 16 already played for the national team. And of course, we are both captains of our teams.
Igor is a great talent and already a legend, a whole era of goalkeeper's art. I try not to miss the matches of the CSKA men's team. For me, all their matches are outstanding.
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Among our matches I remember most of all the final of the European Championship - 2005 among youth under 19 years old against the French team. We won it literally "on the teeth."
- There are several lessons that football taught me for the rest of my life: never give up, always respect your neighbor and believe that nothing is impossible.
Goalkeepers train separately from other players: we jump a lot, we fall, and the rest run a lot.
In the preparatory period, training goalkeepers is much harder and harder. In general, goalkeepers plow a lot. Although many people think that we just stand at matches and do nothing. This is partly true, but for this we are training for wear and tear in order to be ready to help out the team at the right time. In addition, the goalkeepers are really more difficult psychologically: we are defending the last frontier, it is impossible to draw.
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During this World Cup, the women's championship of Russia was held. But we still managed to watch all the games and worried about ours.
During the championship I took part in matches on Red Square: in a charity tournament in support of orphans, in the Kindness Cup, in matches with representatives of the media and various embassies.
Of course, in women's football we dream that our sport should rise to the level of men's football: in popularity, spectator involvement and fans' support. Obviously, women's football is not developing, it lacks attention - few schools, coaches. Women's World Cup will be held in 2019, but, unfortunately, we lost all chances to leave the group. Like any football player, I want to play at the World Cup.
Whether it succeeds or not, time will tell.
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Due to the busy schedule, I rarely manage to get somewhere.
During the championship of Russia, we observed a strict regime, sometimes it’s possible to go to the movies or go for a half day out to the nature. To stay with family on vacation and get to the sea in December is all the rest for a year. Besides football, my hobby is cars. I love cars and everything related to them. Extreme riding and adrenaline - about me!
- Football players love to paint like other girls.
We can’t get out of a game without makeup. True, we really have a lot more sneakers than studs - the profession is obligatory.