Welcome to Russia!

This summer the whole world is watching Russia, where the final round of the 21st World Cup will take place from 14 June to 15 July. For the first time in its history, Russia will present itself as the host country of the World Cup. Thirty-two national teams have qualified and are coming to Russia to win the 2018 World Cup. Sixty-four matches will be played in 12 modern stadiums in 11 Russian cities: Ekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, St. Petersburg and Volgograd. Russia expects a total of about one million football fans from all over the world and will do everything for a safe, brilliant and unforgettable football festival.

It is better to have seen it once than heard it a hundred times

The preparation for the world championship took almost eight years and costs an estimated 7 billion euros. You simply cannot save money on such projects in Russia. Substantial investments have been made in infrastructure. All the football stadiums – including nine which have been specially built – are amazing. Russia expects the World Cup to boost its economy and community in the long term. The anticipation is great. People in Russia want to show their culture and hospitality. More than 17,000 volunteers will ensure a safe stay for the World Cup guests. The Kremlin has made security a top priority. An extensive security-concept should provide all participants and guests a safe and unforgettable World Cup final.

Support the football!

I have a lot in common with Russia, both privately and commercially. I am often on the road in Russia and have already seen several of the World Cup facilities. The newly built stadiums and infrastructures are impressive. It is hoped that this investment legacy will continue to be used by the Russian regions after the World Cup. Personally, I hope that the hosting of this event will arouse the interest of the Russian population in football and above all inspire and motivate young people to play the sport. This is important for the further development of football in the country.

It’s time for the kick-off!

I am against the political instrumentalisation of sport and will not boycott the World Cup in Russia. I’ll get some tickets for the final matches and let myself experience this unique football event live. It starts in a few days!  All of the football fans in Russia and worldwide are eagerly awaiting the World Cup matches and hope that the kind football gods will let their team win the World Cup title.

More Info on en.fifa.com/worldcup/