January 01, 2018

164 Days and Counting

The new Luzhniki, the stadium in Moscow where the opening and final matches of this summer’s World Cup football (soccer) championships will be held, hosted its first match: a friendly game between Russia and Argentina. Argentina won 1-0.

The World Cup opens June 14 in Moscow and runs through the final on July 15. Matches will be held in ten Russian cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, Volgograd, Samara, Saransk, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod and Yekaterinburg.

A detailed tournament schedule is at fifa.com and linked from the Russian Life website. Tickets for non-Russians range from R390 to R7040, and for Russians from R550 to R1100. All attendees are required to register on the FIFA website and obtain a personal FAN ID card (visit fan-id.ru), to be used for all matches, and which purportedly will allow for visa-free travel to the games if you have purchased a ticket from abroad.

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