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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