Kremlin to host World Cup finals draw

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Russia’s deputy prime minister Vitaly Mutko (L), who also serves as the president of the Russian Football Union, and UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin attend the launch of the Saint Petersburg’s logo for the Euro 2020 football tournament in Saint Petersburg on January 19, 2017. The EURO 2020 UEFA European Championship will see matches hosted in 13 cities across Europe, with the semi-finals and final staged at Wembley Stadium in London in July 2020.
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The draw for the 2018 World Cup finals hosted by Russia will take place in the Kremlin on December 1, the country’s Football Union (RFU) chief Vitaly Mutko said Monday.

Mutko, Russia’s deputy prime minister, said that FIFA had approved the plan, which world football’s ruling body later confirmed.

“The World Cup finals draw ceremony will take place on December 1,” TASS news agency quoted Mutko as saying at a meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

“We have suggested holding it in the Kremlin Palace of Congresses.

“All that suited FIFA and now we are preparing to stage this final draw.”

Mutko’s announcement was endorsed by FIFA: “FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) can confirm that the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place on 1 December in the concert hall of the State Kremlin Palace, in Moscow.

“This prestigious entertainment venue with a capacity of 6,000 spectators has hosted many international and local renowned artists in the past, as well as traditional ballets and operas.”

Russia will host the 2018 World Cup between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums in 11 cities including Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kazan and Sochi.

These four cities are also the hosts of the 2017 Confederations Cup that kicks off in Kazan on June 17 and will end with a final in Saint Petersburg on July 2.

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