2018 FIFA World Cup: Moscow welcomes guests to opening match
The match between the national football teams of Russia and Saudi Arabia will give a start to the large-scale event.
The national football team of Russia for the first time in the history opens the World Cup as a host country with the match against the team of Saudi Arabia.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup became one of the newsmakers as the coach of the team of Spain was dismissed a day before the World Cup. His position was taken by former captain of Real Madrid and the national team’s sport director Fernando Hierro. Julen Lopetegui was dismissed because of signing a contact with Real Madrid bypassing agreements with the Spanish Football Federation.
Moreover, the national football team of the Islamic Republic of Iran having arrived in Moscow did not get its sports equipment – football boots. US company Nike refused to supply them its products because of the sanctions imposed. The sport community has condemned the US company, noting the sport should be beyond politics. The Russian media called the national football team of Iran as one of the strongest teams of the World Cup.
Moscow continues to welcome supports, fans from all over the world. The streets remind a Brazilian carnival, Mexica, Argentina, Iceland, Germany have their first matches in Moscow and their fans have already begun to celebrate.
The Russian media is actively discussing the story with the Icelandic fans, who arrived at the 2018 FIFA World Cup on the Niva car that they won on the lottery on Facebook, and they had a crazy idea to arrive at the World Cup on it.
The Niva is painted on the Icelandic flag, containing a blue, red-white line, the logo of travelling – HW Ladan. HW from the Icelandic language stands for a World Cup, the letter of N added to Lada is the definite article, the same as ‘the’ in the English language.
In addition to ordinary people, leaders of various states arrive in the opening match. According to the media, the World Cup in Moscow will be attended by 17 leaders from various states, among them leader of North Korea Kim Chen Un.
Nursultan Nazarbayev also visited the opening match, a press service of the Akorda reported.
In turn, President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov also arrived in Moscow to take part in the opening of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. And, the President of Kyrgyzstan arrived by an ordinary aircraft of Aeroflot (Russian Airlines). Several employees of the Presidential apparatus, his personal photographer and video operator accompanied the President.
Traditionally, the World Cup acquires its fortunetellers – animals. The World Cup in Russia was not an exception, in Saint Petersburg an oracle cat named Achilles has made its first option for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.