Russia: FIFA Fan Fest opens to great fanfare in Moscow

SOT, journalist: «We are a country of football, yes.» SOT, Marcel Desailly, former French international footballer and 1998 FIFA World Cup winner: «Ok, ok so now we have the answer. We are very pleased. Football is made of this, to be able to, you know, share in different continents, different cultures will come in the country. So we're just hoping that for the opening game Russia will do well... Еще against Saudi Arabia. I love Saudi Arabia also, but I would like Russia to at least perform, because the past games have not been very good, so we hope that they will, you know, show us that they can qualify for the second round.» FIFA Fan Fest opening ceremony took place at Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) in Moscow on Sunday. In his role as a Fan Fest Ambassador Marcel Desailly, former French international footballer and 1998 FIFA World Cup winner, presented the FIFA trophy to a jubilant Muscovite crowd. «We were wondering if Russia was really a country of football and we have now the answer,» Desailly said. «I would like Russia to at least perform, because the past games have not been very good, so we hope that they will show us that they can qualify for the second round,» he added. The fan zone will serve as an informal meeting point until the end of the tournament with a total capacity of 25,000 people.

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