The most anticipated sport event of the year took its grandiose start and now all eyes are on Russia, which is hosting the FIFA World Cup for the first time in its history. Tours to Russia are in top demand as football fans from all over the world have gathered in the host country to support their national teams and take part in the epic celebration. Now let’s have a sneak peek at the whole crazy football rush that captured cities throughout the country.
It goes without saying that an event of such great world importance as the Mundial requires proper and careful preparation. In any case, the biggest country in the world did a great job in this regard.
To host the FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia constructed nine new stadiums with a capacity of 45 thousand people.
Moreover, a campaign of volunteer recruitment for the World Cup has already been launched in 2016.
The Organizing Committee "Russia-2018" opened special training centers, 5 in Moscow and 10 in the other host cities, which selected and trained volunteers.
All in all, about 15 thousand people participate in the celebration as volunteers providing linguistic and media support and much more.
Plus 2 million people to Russia’s population
That’s absolutely true. Football unites all nations and, according to the official statistics, in the beginning of the championship, Russia has already welcomed more than 2 million foreign football lovers. An impressive number, isn’t it? The most large-scale celebrations and fan zones are launched in the capital city. The festive spots in Moscow are located in such famous sights as the Red Square and Sparrow Hills, Vorobyovy Gory.
The area just near the most prestigious university in the country, Lomonosov Moscow State University, is the center of public festivals, equipped with a huge stage where bright live shows with the participation of popular Russian singers take place.
Hundreds of cheering fans with national flags and football attributes, photo zones, fiery dancing and singing, amazing drive and energy... The vibe in fan zones is friendly and welcoming. Nobody notices big crowds and overloaded transport as these are just insignificant inconveniences compared to the whole magnitude of the beloved sport event.
Other cities also don’t fall behind Moscow. Colorful mass festivals are organized all over the county, especially in the cities where the games are held, including Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Volgograd, Kazan, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and, Ekaterinburg. For the convenience of football fans, some additional screens are set and broadcasts of matches are televised in the majority of hotels, cafes and restaurants. These measures are undertaken in order to spread the atmosphere of the holiday and make it available to everyone, in all areas of the cities.
Foreign impressions or positive culture shock
The Football World Cup in Russia is not only a sports holiday for fans but also kind of a revelation for foreigners who have never visited the country before and had certain stereotypes about Russians. Plus another undeniable advantage is that the fan ID is basically a Russian visa, making the whole process of going to Russia much easier.
In recent days, all social networks are swarmed with emotional reviews of foreigners who are pleasantly surprised with the warm welcome and exceptional family atmosphere that prevails on the streets of Russian cities.
Foreign journalists claim in one voice that Russia shows itself only from the bright side as the organization of the event is performed on the highest level. So the only thing that’s left is to relax and immerse yourself in the party mood and cheerful football madness.
Meanwhile, inventive fans do their best to support their favorite teams and create various flash mobs. For instance, Russian TV host Ivan Urgant launched a funny campaign called “Mustache of Hope” in support of the Russian football team manager Stanislav Cherchesov who has a mustache, while active football lovers organized a flash mob with national flags in the fan zone of St. Petersburg, not far from the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood.
To sum it up, the football movement is taking over the whole world and the World Cup 2018 is a perfect chance to see professional football and world-famous players, celebrate diversity, enjoy the great vibe flying in the air, feel national pride for your team, explore famous Russian sights and experience famous Russian hospitality.