Russia hosts glitzy 2018 World Cup draw

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 Russia hosts glitzy 2018 World Cup draw

The eyes of world football are on Moscow as the Russian capital hosts the FIFA World Cup Final Draw Friday.

Thirty-two National teams will find out their opponents for next year’s World Cup. The event will be attended by many stars. CGTN’s Julia Lyubova reports.

Final preparations for one of the most important events on the football calendar – the Final Draw for the 2018 World Cup.

Thirty-two qualifying teams will find out who they’ll face come next June. Football legends including Diego Maradona, Brazil’s Cafu and Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro will be assisting with the draw.

“I’m sad because Italy is not here,” said former Italian star Fabio Cannavaro. “But I was the captain when I lifted the World Cup and here I am for the FIFA. It’s difficult not only me but for all Italian people because to stay outside the World Cup is really tough.

In the run-up to this event, FIFA has unveiled its official World Cup 2018 poster in Moscow. A special World Cup metro train was also launched in The Russian capital, one of 11 host cities for the tournament.

“Inside this train you can learn the history of world football,” Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said. “There are many historic photographs, stories about coaches, footballers, best goals, bright pages of history of the football World Cup.”

A few days before the Final Draw the World Cup trophy came back to Moscow after touring Russian cities for the last few months. It will soon set off around the world before returning to Russia in May.

Meanwhile, thirty head coaches attended a seminar to learn about key aspects of next year’s event. Organizers said they’re addressing security concerns – as well as fears among visitors to Russia over possible acts of racism.  And officials said all possible safeguards will be in place.

The Final Draw is set to be one of the biggest shows in town. A cast of showbiz stars and football legends will walk the red carpet at the Kremlin Palace before each team learns exactly which opponents they will face next year.