Russia: FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour comes to Kaliningrad

A welcome ceremony for the 2018 FIFA World Cup trophy was held in the Russian city of Kaliningrad, Friday, as part of the cup's world tour. During the ceremony, five-times Olympic champion and 2018 Kaliningrad World Cup ambassador, Natalia Ishchenko, said that «today we are welcoming the most important and desired cup of the world football at the westernmost point of Russia, in Kaliningrad. It is... Еще, without a doubt, a great honour and pleasure for all fans of this sport.» She went on to say that the trophy, which the Russian synchronised swimmer called «a very important symbol of this championship,» will stay in Kaliningrad for three days, adding that «all those who wish to embrace history, will be able to see the trophy with their own eyes.» It will be the longest ever journey the cup has taken around a host country. During the 123-day trip, the trophy will visit 25 Russian cities covering over 26,000 kilometres (16,156 miles). The 2018 FIFA World Cup it is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July, 2018. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities across Russia, with the final being expected to take place in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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