The FIFA World Cup trophy will go on tour around the host nation in September as Russia set to host the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup come June, 2018.
The Trophy tour will hove around 24 cities, the longest trophy tour in history and it will end at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow where the final will be played.
Thirty two countries are expected at the Mundial next year with 11 cities hosting the tournament. Russia as part of the preparations for the World Cup hosted seven other countries in the FIFA Confederations Cup which was won by Germany just a week ago.
Russia excitement was built when they first hosted their major tournament and it is increasing as the days wear on as they are building to the FIFA World Cup. Ahead of the tournament, the most iconic and recognisable symbol of this great football event, th FIFA World Cup trophy will in September start it marathon journey across Russia. The trophy tour will last for 123 days.
FIFA Secretary General, Fatma Samoura outlined what will be done as the trophy goes on tour. She said;
“In the world of sports, there is simply no symbol as powerful as the FIFA World Cup Trophy. The whole planet knows this piece of art and associates it with glory. For FIFA it is also the passion of millions of fans around the world; regardless of age, gender, origin or social condition; represented in one single image”.
“We find it only fair that these passionate fans may have the chance to see this image in person, from up-close. For over a decade now, FIFA has been teaming up with its long-standing partner Coca-Cola to make this possible. Today we announce the opportunity for people from all over Russia to experience this feeling”.
“It will be the longest Trophy Tour of a Host Country in the history of the World Cup and little wonder, given the vast size of Russia’s territory. In a 123-day journey covering more than 26,000 km, the Trophy will visit 24 Russian cities, from Vladivostok in the far east to Kaliningrad, the most westerly of the Host Cities”, she added.
Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation and Local Organising Committee Chairman, Vitaly Mutko who is working along the clock to showcase to the world, the best World Cup ever also added; “Almost all of the country will have the chance to see the famous Trophy, which can tell people more about football’s values and about the FIFA World Cup”.
“Russia has already opened its doors to the teams, fans and guests from all over the world during the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and everyone has seen Russian hospitality, he added.
“Next year, Russia and FIFA will host the FIFA World Cup at the highest level. You already can see this beautiful stadium, which is practically ready for the biggest event”, Vitaly continued.
The trophy Tour is a joint venture between FIFA and its long standing partner, Coca-Cola as they seek to bring the trophy to the entire world. It was first sent on tour in Germany 2006 and has been the norm since that time for every World Cup held.
Ljubo Grujic, General Manager of Coca-Cola Russia, Ukraine and Belarus also highlighted;
“As a longtime supporter of football, Coca-Cola Russia believes that the FIFA World Cup Trophy is a symbol of optimism that connects people all over the world. This is a unique opportunity to bring millions of Russians together to celebrate the first FIFA World Cup in this country”.
“With kick off less than a year away, we want to maximise excitement and anticipation by bringing sport’s biggest prize directly to the fans. With this tour, we are inspiring and celebrating the world’s most popular sport, while creating unforgettable experiences for players and fans. We can create football history in Russia, together as one team”, he reiterated.
The trophy Tour will visit more than 50 countries including Ghana before it will rest in Russia, where the World Cup will be played.