One of the most popular among the greeters was Elvis Merzlikin. The goalkeeper is the longest among its partners received congratulations, never denying nor photos nor autographs.
At the world championship in Cologne, the national team of Latvia has won the first three matches, but then lost the next four. Decisive was the defeat in the last round from the Germans in a penalty shootout (3:3, penalties — 0:1). The victory brought the German team in the quarterfinals and the national team of Latvia defeated and sent home.