Joseph Blatter visited exhibition ‘Like the gods’

28 June 2018

On June 20, the eighth president of FIFA Joseph "Sepp" Blatter together with his wife visited a paintings exhibition ‘Like the gods’ that is located in The Russian Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg. The author of works Fabrizio Birimbelli presented top football players in historical military garb.

In the gallery of images by Birimbelli there are such names as Gianluigi Buffon, Zinedine Zidane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Francesco Totti, as well as Russian players Alexander Kerzhakov and Roman Shirokov.

Italian artist himself gave a tour for special guests. Another companion for Joseph Blatter was Boris Vakhrushev, First Vice President of the Interregional Association of Football Federations “Severo-Zapad” (North West).

After the completion of cultural program, museum director Alexei Mudrov thanked his guests for the visit and presented memorable gifts and souvenirs.

Mr. Blatter with great interest examined Birimbelli’s works and happily noted that he for the first time visited the exhibition, which tells about football through the language of painting.

"Football is an art," said Joseph Blatter. As he noted, the interaction of the player with the ball in its own way is like ballet.