Monday, January 22, 2018



by Goal 

Over the next few months the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will visit no less than 91 cities across 51 countries and six continents
It’s the trophy we all want more than any other.

The entire world wants to witness their country claim it for themselves. And every player in the history of the game has spent countless night dreaming of one day rising it above their heads.

But the truth is, few of us will ever even get to see it, let alone win it or lift it triumphantly.

At least that was the case before Coca-Cola took on the momentous task of bringing it to the world.

Coca-Cola WC Trophy Tour 7

The trophy has now begun its globetrot in earnest, with Monday’s official opening ceremony seeing former winners provide it a fitting goodbye.

England 1966 hero Sir Geoff Hurst and Italy 2006 star Andrea Pirlo joined Goal in London to climb aboard the plane before it departed on its epic journey.

The FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola is a global journey that will deliver the most coveted trophy in all of sports to every corner of the globe, before returning to Russia in June for World Cup 2018.

“The Trophy Tour will give fans everywhere a taste of the excitement that’s to come, not to mention a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the Trophy for themselves,"said Ricardo Fort, Vice President of Global Sports Partnerships at The Coca-Cola Company.

2018 is the fourth time long-standing World Cup sponsor Coca-Cola have joined forces with FIFA to take the trophy to fans across the world. 

This year it will attend a number of nations for the first time, including Iceland and Mongolia, and looks set to be bigger and better than ever.

“Following the success of the first phase of the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour, which gave more than 220,000 people across Russia the chance to see the FIFA World Cup Trophy with their own eyes, we are very excited to now offer this unforgettable opportunity to football fans around the world," said Phillipe Le Floc’h, Chief Commercial Officer at FIFA.

Before kicking it off the global leg of this remarkable tour, the trophy travelled all across World Cup 2018 host nation Russia.

So, it was just a small-scale domestic leg to warm up for what lies ahead? Not a chance!

The trophy travelled right across Russia over a three-month period, taking in 16 cities and racking up almost 10,000 miles.

Where won't it go? Over the next few months the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola will visit no less than 91 cities across 51 countries and six continents before settling back in Russia for the tournament.

Next up is Colombo, Sri Lanka, and the tour will end in Vladivostok on May 1. See the full list of destinations below.

Colombo, Sri Lanka 23-24 January
Male, Maldives 24-25 January
Phuket, Thailand 26-27 January
Vientiane, Laos 28 January
Macau, China P.R 29 January
Nukualofa, Tonga 31 January
Honiara, Solomon Islands 1 February
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 1 February
Lahore, Pakistan 3 February
Almay, Kazakhstan 4 February
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 5 February
Dushanbe, Tajikistan 5 February
Tashkent, Uzbekistan 6 February
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 7 February
Yerevan, Armenia 7 February
Tblisi, Georgia 8 February
Baku, Azerbaijan 9 February
Valetta, Malta 10 February
Vienna, Austria 11 February
Minsk, Belarus 13 February
Sofia, Bulgaria 14 February
Tel Aviv, Israel 15 February
Larnaca, Cyprus 16 February
Ramallah, Palestine 17-19 February
Amman, Jordan 20 February
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 21 February
Khartoum, Sudan 22-23 February
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 24-25 February
Nairobi, Kenya 26-27 February
Maputo, Mozambique 28 February
Johannesburg, South africa 1-2 March
Cape Town, South Africa 3 March
Kampala, Uganda 5-6 March
Abuja, Nigeria 7-8 March
Lagos, Nigeria 9-10 March
Dakar, Senegal 11-12 March
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire 13-14 March
Cairo, Egypt 15-16 March
Naples, Italy 17-19 March
Paris, France 20-21 March
Cologne, Germany 22-23 March
Oslo, Norway 24 March
Torshavn, Faroe Islands 24-25 March
Reykjavik, Iceland 25 March
Tucuman, Argentina 27-28 March
Berazategui, Argentina 29 March
Buenos Aires 30-31 March
Rosario, Argentina 1-2 April
Bogota, Colombia 3-5 April
Panama City, Panama 6 April
San Jose, Costa Rica 7-8 April
Guadalajara, Mexico 9-10 April
Monterrey, Mexico 11-12 April
Mexico City, Mexico 13-15 April
New York, USA 16 April
Miami, USA 17 April
Los Angeles, USA 18-20 April
Frankfurt, Germany 22 April
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 23 April
Beijing, China P.R 25 April
Shanghai, China P.R 26 April
Tokyo, Japan 27-28 April
Osaka, Japan 29-30 April
Vladivostok, Russia 1 May

For more information on the Trophy Tour head to the official FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour Instagram or Facebook page

Friday, January 19, 2018

Russia’s 2018 FIFA World Cup infrastructure worth $8.5 Billion

Russia’s 2018 FIFA World Cup infrastructure worth $8.5 Billion

The infrastructure, which Russia is building to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, is worth 480 billion rubles ($8.5 billion), Local Organizing Committee Head Alexei Sorokin said at the Gaidar economic forum on Wednesday.

"The implementation of the infrastructural part is nearing completion and it is estimated at 480 billion rubles. All the facilities we are building will be useful for residents of those entities that will host World Cup matches," Sorokin said during the discussion on the 2018 FIFA World Cup’s long-term heritage.

"The overwhelming part of what we are building will serve the residents of regions. No one can reproach us that we are creating something that will not be needed," the Local Organizing Committee head stressed.

"We have reached the final straight with several months remaining," he pointed out.
"We are almost not causing the International Football Federation any worries and inconveniences and the preparations are in a stable state. We are completing the construction of the last batch of stadiums and this is the heart of the tournament," Sorokin said.

The countries that have hosted FIFA World Cups have seen a change in the investment climate, he noted.
"Russia will be no exception," he said.

"All the host countries have seen a positive effect [from FIFA World Cups] and this is what we will also experience," he said.

The Gaidar forum is an annual international scientific and practical conference on economic issues that has been held since 2010. It is organized by the Russian Presidential Academy of the National Economy and Public Administration, the Gaidar Economic Policy Institute and the Association of Innovative Regions of Russia. The TASS news agency is the Gaidar forum’s general information partner.

Source : Tass

Sunday, December 3, 2017


The draw for World Cup 2018 was completed on Friday in Moscow, with the 32 qualified teams having learned their fates.
There are big guns who will be worried about their progress in the competition, those concerned that they might not be stretched enough early on, and, of course, sides delighted by the prospects the draw has thrown up.


Having been seeded second, there were fears that Gareth Southgate’s side could be landed in a tricky group, but instead they have a pool that they should feel is very manageable. 
They open up against a Tunisia side that they will be favoured to beat, while a fixture against Belgium means that they will be up against a group of players that they will be familiar with the strengths and weaknesses of.
But it is not on the group stage that the Three Lions should feel good about – their path to the quarter-finals looks relatively serene, with a potential knockout round match against Poland, Senegal, Japan or Colombia. 
Southgate has refused to write off England’s chances in this competition, and they have improved after this draw.
Another second seed who will be breathing something of a sigh of relief. When they were initially paired with Portugal in Group B, there were the makings of a ‘Group of Death’, yet subsequently Morocco and Iran were also placed in that pool.
While the North Africans will be no pushovers, they are more favourable opponents than others they could have faced.
Iran, meanwhile, come into the competition as dark horses, despite being ranked as high as 32 in the FIFA Ranking, but they are opponents that Julen Lopetegui’s side will feel confident of having enough to see off. They were the weakest of the third seeded sides.  
In the last 16, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay lie in wait, so their chances of going deep in the competition appear good.
Drawn in Group E, the five-time world champions begin their quest for a sixth title with a relatively clement group. After their stunning 7-1 loss to Germany in the semi-finals of 2014, there will be a great deal of pressure upon the Selecao to make up for that loss with some style.
The South Americans have been handed Switzerland as their second seeds, with that clash taking place at Rostov-on-Don in their opening match of the competition. Even if they were to spill points in that, which Neymar et al. are not expected to do, they follow that up with fixtures against Costa Rica and Serbia.
With so much talent in their ranks, there should be few fears about a surprise early exit, although if there were to be any surprises, Germany are a potential last-16 opponent for Tite’s men.


Although they boast a plethora of world-class players, they struggled to avoid elimination in the qualifying phase to reach Russia. Indeed, only a Lionel Messi masterclass against Ecuador in their final match guided them to the finals.
Jorge Sampaoli’s side have been drawn in one of the toughest groups on paper, with three tricky ties to negotiate before the knockout stage.
Messi & Co will face the unique challenge of Iceland, who were Euro 2016 quarter-finalists after dumping out England, plus fixtures against Nigeria and Croatia – two sides who will fancy their chances against opponents currently lacking in confidence.
If Argentina are to progress through to the last 16, they will have to improve dramatically in the months ahead. 
While it may seem strange to say it, but the apparently kind draw on paper will do little for France’s hopes of winning the World Cup. 
Les Bleus have been there before, with memories of South Africa in 2010 still fresh. On that occasion, they were paired with the hosts, Uruguay and Mexico, and were expected to cruise through. Instead, they found themselves on the first plane home, having approached the competition with a poor attitude.
Didier Deschamps has not yet effectively channelled the supreme talents of a great pool of players and France could have really used a strong competitive test before the last 16. If they are pushed in a group that contains Peru, Australia and Denmark, again, then it will likely be because they have not been at 100 per cent.
France could really have used a push before a potential last-16 encounter with Argentina, Croatia, Iceland or Nigeria.
The host nation could have wished for a far kinder drawn than they have been handed, particularly as their form has been wholly unspectacular in recent months. Indeed, despite playing every match at home during 2017, they have lost more fixtures than they have won.
Now they have been pitted in a really awkward group that includes an Egypt side expected to be dangerous and a Uruguay team bristling with the offensive talents of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. 
Consequently, they will have to perform on the opening night of the competition, when the pressure was going to be on them in any case. In that fixture, they will tackle Saudi Arabia in a game that they really cannot afford to lose now. 
Failure to beat the side 63 in the latest FIFA Ranking – the lowest in the competition – will leave them with no room for error and two tough opponents. Can Stanislav Cherchesov’s side line up to that pressure?
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