After years of hard work, the Host Nation is gearing up to warmly welcome all the incoming football fans and competing teams. The Russian national team briefly interrupted their training camp to greet their soon-to-be competitors in unique fashion: by dressing up in the playing kits of every country playing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and posing for a squad photo.
“We welcome all the teams who are coming here for the World Cup,” said goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, wearing the shirt of reigning world champions Germany. “I think they’ll quickly be convinced that Russia is 100% ready for their arrival. Our country has staged plenty of major sporting events and important matches already. I hope every player, coach and fan enjoys Russia and its hospitality.”
“I hope everyone likes Russia,” added defender Sergei Ignashevich, who holds the all-time record for Sbornaya caps. “It’s summer here, the weather is wonderful and the people are friendly. I’m sure you’ll be happy.”
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