A welcome ceremony for the FIFA World Cup 2018 trophy was held in the Russian city of Yaroslavl on Wednesday, as part of the cup’s world tour. «This is a very special occasion for us. On the one hand it’s just a cup, but it’s much more than that because it is the FIFA cup,» First Deputy of the Chairman of the Yaroslavl Region Government Viktor Kostin said, adding, «I’m sat next to the cup and it... Еще gives off a powerful energy, it even makes you shake a little. It’s hard to imagine that the effect of this cup makes stadiums with thousands of people get on their feet and cheer.» 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.