Recall that Zenit won another prestigious trophy in 2008 after winning the UEFA Cup. In the match for the UEFA Super Cup, he defeated Manchester United with a score of 2: 1, which became the Champions League triumph that year. For Danny, that game in Monte Carlo became the debut in St. Petersburg. The Portuguese just moved from Dynamo Moscow – and immediately scored the winning goal by Edwin van der Sarah . Subsequently, Danny played 256 more matches for Zenit and scored 68 goals. He left St. Petersburg in 2017, winning 8 titles and becoming the favorite of St. Petersburg fans. But his memories of the legendary victory over United. ABOUT THE FIRST TRAINING
– Before the match for the UEFA Super Cup, I had only one training session with Zenit. You say that it turned out to be special, because everyone wanted to show themselves in all their glory, realizing that with my appearance the competition will intensify? I do not know. I can only say that I was very pleased to train with such players as Andrei Arshavin, Alejandro Dominguez, Vlad Radimov . We immediately found a common language on the field. ABOUT THE RIBBING BEFORE THE MATCH
– It came as a surprise to me that I left in the starting lineup and Arshavin remained on the bench. He was the leader of Zenit, scored many important goals. But I had no fear. I was ready to immediately take on leadership functions, I did not feel the excitement. And Arshavin eventually came out immediately after the break. Dick Advocaat's plan for the game worked clearly. ABOUT CRISTIAN RONALD
– Before the game, I talked only with agent Ronaldo. And after that match – chatted with Cristiano and another Portuguese from Manchester United Nani . We discussed the game. Ronaldo did not go out on the field then. He had an injury. This, of course, helped us. Cristiano was a key United football player. After the victory, I released a couple of jokes about him. ABOUT THE GOAL IN THE GATE OF VAN DER SAR
– Having received the ball in the center of the field, I turned to advance and pass either Arshavin to the flank or Pavel Pogrebnyak bursting into the penalty box in the center. Then I see – no one is meeting me. And I decided to go all the way. I went into the beat and shot. The goal turned out to be beautiful. And, most important, it brought the team a victory. To score in such a match – great happiness. ABOUT THE PRIZE FOR THE BEST UEFA SUPER CUP PLAYER
– This award is not so important on, like a Zenit victory. I didn’t care who was recognized as the best. But the prize, of course, took its rightful place in my personal collection. I keep it at home with the medal. This is a memory for a lifetime. ABOUT THE AFTERNOON PARTY
– My wife and I got to the team dinner quite late. He was the last to leave the stadium, underwent doping control for two hours. But the party was gorgeous. We had a lot of fun.