Footballers are a funny kind, they have many different hobbies away from the beautiful game, some like a night on the town, others prefer to sit and have a game of virtual soccer, while a minority have interests that seem a little strange. Arsenal forward, Andrei Arshavin has a slightly odd pastime; he spends his hours away from the training ground designing women’s clothes. That’s right, the diminutive Russian is a fashion designer.
Arshavin, who has moved from Zenit St Petersburg to Arsenal, learnt his skills at the St Petersburg State University of Technology and Design and wrote his thesis on designing a suit which can be worn both casually and for sport.
He is quoted as saying, “When I turned 17, I had to choose which university to attend. My friends and I decided to try for the technology and design institute because there were lots of girls among the students and you didn’t have to study too hard, or so we thought. I enrolled in the chemical technology department. But when I began training with Zenit I had to miss a lot of classes. I transferred to the clothes design department. I have designed several garments myself.”
He graduated with a Diploma in Fashion Design, but not to be confused with the Graeme Le Saux type of footballer, Arshavin did choose the course because of the abundance of females that had also enrolled.
A magician on the pitch, he can see and create goals many in world football only dream of. Sergei Gordeev coached Arshavin from the age of 11 and saw than that the boy had superb ability. “Arshavin was always quite small. He didn’t stand out, but as soon as he received the ball he was a totally different person. He was very good at draughts. Unusually for a footballer he had strong mathematical abilities.”
He isn’t the run of the mill footballer we tend to see on the front pages of glossy mags, according to the player himself, he states, “I’m different. But I’m not trying to be eccentric. I always do what my inner voice tells me.”
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