Danila Bokov: I am an Army Man, my father and I have an RBW scarf at home
Young goalkeeper Danila Bokov, who made his debut for the main team during today's bounce game and saved Nikola Vlasic's penalty, was recognized the hero of the day.
«EVEN JUST STANDING NEXT TO AKINFEEV IS A GREAT HONOR»
— Danila, congratulations on your debut! When did you find out that the coaches were planning to let you out onto the pitch?
— Thank you. Dmitry Sergeyevich came up to me before the match and asked if I was ready to play. I said that I was definitely ready, and then he said that he would talk to Viktor Mikhailovich about whether to let me out immediately for the second half or fifteen minutes after it started. I spent half an hour on the field, emotions are amazing. It is great to make your debut for the main team, even in such a match!
— You participated in several major episodes in thirty minutes. Let's start with a nice one: a saved penalty from Niks — how did it happen?
— Guys often kick penalties after training sessions. Nikola also did it, I had an idea of how he shoot. I also remembered the friendly matches at these training camp. He has already shoot slightly to the right from the center, so this time I jumped this way.
— Is there a difference in the way he shoots in training and in the game?
— Of course, kicks are tighter in the game. I was just lucky, I guessed the direction of the ball. It is nice that I saved penalty from such a famous player.
— Another episode was slightly comical: the ball was flying high and at a great speed right into the goal, and you decided to play with your head, after which it hit the crossbar.
— I saw the movement of Vitya Vasin, he played for my team. I thought that he was throwing the ball to me, and this was a pass back. But it turned out that there was a strong shot, and Vitya just put his foot in. It happened as it happened, thank God, I did not move the ball into the goal (smiles).
— And finally, conceded goal from Sigurdsson.
— Siga went through the center and shot right under the post. I stretched out as far as I could, but it was a masterstroke, the ball went straight into the corner.
— How do you like the training camp with the first team?
— There are all conditions here to progress, to work. All this will be useful for me in the future. I came here to give my two hundred percent, to learn the most useful things from working with Dmitry Sergeyevich, with Igor Akinfeev. Our captain's advice helps me a lot in game and in trainings, it gives me confidence.
— What is it like to work with Akinfeev?
— Even just standing next to such a person and a football player is a great honor for me. And the opportunity to train with him is something unbelievable. I try to learn from him as much as possible, to draw knowledge from him. It feels really great.
«AT FIRST, MY DAD WAS ABSOLUTELY AGAINST ME BECOMING A GOALKEEPER»
— It is time to introduce you to the Army Men fans after such a debut. When you were born in 2002, your father Maxim Bokov played for Uralan Elista, where he moved after five memorable years in PFC CSKA…
— When he was still playing in Moscow, the whole family — my mother, my sister — moved closer to the capital. They chose a fairly good, comfortable place near Zelenograd to live and decided to stay there. My father moved to other teams, played in Grozny, but the whole family stayed in Moscow both before and after my birth. He visited us at the earliest opportunity.
— Did you ever have a chance not to join a football school with a father like that?
— I do not think so (smiles). But first I played in Khimki near Moscow, closer to home. I was a central defender there.
— Of course.
— Then dad was invited to the Army Men academy, and I moved there at the same time as him. I played under the leadership of Dmitry Mitrofanov for some time, then there was a coach change, Alexander Bauman came. And he asked me to stand in the goal at one of the training sessions. I was about eleven or twelve, I do not remember now. Apparently, Alexander Valentinovich and goalkeeper coach Andrey Miroshnichenko liked my game, because I was offered to take a place in the goal on a permanent basis a week later. I have not left it since (smiles).
— I can clearly imagine the first reaction of Maxim Eduardovich — a tough, charismatic defender, who probably expected that his son would follow in his footsteps.
— That was it: my father was categorically against it (smiles). But Andrey Mikhailovich managed to convince him, he said, — let's try, if it does not work out, we will get back to the center of defense. This was the defining age for my development, — either I stay in the field, or I move into the goal. I like to lead, to help, to catch the balls. Well, the goalkeeper also needs a different physical training. I do not like to run, I like to jump more, do speed-ups for 20-30 meters.
— You still have skills of playing with your feet, it was obvious even today.
— It is not without mistakes, but I carefully analyze my actions, including how I play with my feet. This element is very important in modern football, so I try to improve it day by day.
— Who did you focus on when you took your first steps as a goalkeeper?
— I had the best example before my eyes - Igor Akinfeev. When I began to get into goalkeeping, I liked Julio Cesar game when he played for Inter, Gianluigi Buffon.
— Kostya Maradishvili, who has been in PFC CSKA structure since the age of seven, admitted in our first interview that he was proud to consider himself an Army Man. What do you say about yourself?
— I can repeat his words. Once an Army Man — always an Army Man. I had the initiation at our academy, I have a diploma, and my father and I have a Red-Blue Warriors scarf at home. There is also a special closet where dad's cups and medals are collected, as well as a shelf with my awards. I have more children's medals visually — probably, my father has not put all his own medals there yet. But in terms of weight, in terms of significance, his trophies, of course, are much cooler.
— You need to catch up, Danila.
— Absolutely (smiles).