Adrian Durham on the beauty of Russia, being snubbed by Schmeichel and more

first_imgtalkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network Adrian is a big fan of the Nizhny Novgorod stadium The World Cup was already brilliant, and then they sent us to Nizhny Novgorod.A stadium that is pure art and beauty, I was mesmerised by it.You can see what I mean in these pictures I took, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.The stadium is a focal point for the city, a contrast to the beautiful 500-year-old Kremlin the other side of the water, and it’s positioned on the confluence of two rivers. A more perfect stadium you could not wish to see, and it’s where I saw Argentina battered by Croatia. Perfect. talkSPORT are in Russia to bring you coverage of the 2018 World Cup all day and all night.Adrian Durham, the brilliant presenter of Drivetime and Matchday Live, is keeping us up to date with all the goings on behind the scenes.Here’s his latest diary entry… But when asked what he’s missing most about home, our producer Dec replied “sausages.” Which brings me to the commentary team I’m working with here in Russia. Without question this is the best tour I’ve been on for lots of professional and football reasons. But these guys make it even better; Matt Holland, who scored at a World Cup, decided from day one we’d have to laugh our way through 4-5 weeks away from home and he sets the tone; Will Dowie is meant to be our Russian translator, but can’t really speak Russian; Ian Danter’s dress sense is spectacular (just look); and Dec, well, he’s Dec. If I tell you why he’s funny, I’d have to kill you. And he’d be flipping burgers and shaking fries at the Golden Arches. But he’s excellent at his job.What I know is that you need a together team on these trips, because if not, egos fly, strops become the norm, and the atmosphere weighs heavier than Matt’s first touch. What goes on on the WhatsApp group stays on the WhatsApp group. But there have been a lot of laughs. Cheers guys. 5 5 5center_img 5 5 The Nizhny Novgorod stadium looks pretty spectacular at night I’ve also been to both stadia in Moscow: to the Spartak stadium to see Belgium put five past Tunisia and Brazil beat Serbia, and the Luzhniki for that horror show between France and Denmark. I took a bit of grief for tweeting Kasper Schmeichel after the game. Really?? Proud?? Is that what you worked so hard as a young lad to achieve?? Fans travelled miles and paid fortunes for that. https://t.co/Ixma28cTnV— talkSPORTDrive (@talkSPORTDrive) June 26, 2018Of course, I don’t expect anything better from most Twitter users, but it was a genuine question from me to him about football. He couldn’t care less about being wound up or “trolled” and frankly neither could I. I am interested in football, so I wanted a better explanation for the game.I’m guessing the Danes like so many others are on social media lockdown, tweeting only what the press officers tell them to tweet, that sort of thing. It’s a shame you sometimes can’t have the conversations with footballers that need to be had.Two-and-a-half weeks in I’m missing the wife (who said she’s pleased Germany are out because it means Mesut Ozil will be fresh for the start of Arsenal’s season), the kids who are busy doing exams anyway, a proper G&T made by the wife, and this fella. The talkSPORT team in Russia last_img read more