Football Soundalikes: Andrey Arshavin’s World Cup bid speech and a Compare The Meerkat advert

Posted by - December 2, 2010 - Arsenal, Lookalikes, World Cup


The most notable thing about Andrey Arshavin’s speech on behalf of the Russia 2018 World Cup bid was that it seemed to be a blatant rip-off of one of the annoying Compare The Meerkat adverts.

We’ve reported in the past that Arsenal players have noticed the similarities when Arshavin talks English in his thick Russian accent, but today he took things to a totally new level. Not only did he throw in the “Simples” catchphrase, but at one point he was talking very movingly about his first football coach.

You half expected him to say: “He didn’t go though all that effort coaching me for you to give the World Cup to England.”