Fans arrive in Russia ahead of World Cup kick-off
A Colombian soccer fan is seen near the Red Square in Moscow, Russia, June 13, 2018. EPA-EFE/RUNGROJ YONGRIT
A soccer fan from Iran ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Moscow, Russia, June 13, 2018. EPA-EFE/ERIK S. LESSER
Soccer supporters play football in front of the State Historical Museum in central Moscow, Russia, June 13, 2018. EPA-EFE/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA
Moscow, Jun 13 (efe-epa).- Soccer fans from all corners of the globe began to arrive in Russia on Wednesday as World Cup fever got into full swing on the eve of the opening game, an epa-efe correspondent in the capital reported.
The biggest competition in international soccer kicks-off Thursday evening at Moscow's Luzhinki Stadium with an encounter between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.
But there was a party atmosphere in central Moscow as aficionados from Peru, Colombia, Iran and Egypt, to name but a few, struck poses in fancy dress outside the State Historical Museum.
Russia's World Cup venues are concentrated around the European territories, from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad and Sochi.
The final is also slated to be played at the Luzhinki Stadium on July 15.