A female football team held training in the city of Agryz in the Republic of Tatarstan on Sunday after learning that they had won a nationwide contest to become ballgirls at the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. «We had been waiting for the results quite long and even doubted that we would have been chosen, though we hoped to win,» said Yulia Shustova, the team captain. She added that... Еще on the day of the announcement, their coach invited girls to his office and told everyone to cover their eyes. «When we opened our eyes, we saw a letter from Coca-Cola. Our eyes widened in surprise. All cried out. It was unreal,» Shustova told. The competition — organised by Coca-Cola, official partners of FIFA — was open to amateur players aged 13 to 16. The final winners were chosen by players of the Russian national team. Coca-Cola will also be giving 776 boys and girls from the different parts of Russia the opportunity to become ballboys and girls in the FIFA Youth Programme. The opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 in Moscow.