MOSCOW, July 13. /TASS/. The work of Fans’ Embassies at the Russia-hosted 2018 FIFA World Cup can be described as a success, said Elena Erkina, head of Fan Embassy Russia, at a news conference in TASS on Friday.
"This is the first time we carried out a project on this scale. We provided assistance to both Fan Embassies and foreign fans on a wide range of issues," Erkina said.
"We organized the lively social part, which is of great importance from the point of view of the World Cup’s legacy. During the tournament, 30 friendlies were played to bring together fans from 18 countries," she said. "Foreign visitors have been enjoying the football festival, and our task was to ensure their comfortable, safe and secure stay in Russia."
"The project was a success, and feedback from our partners and host cities just proves this," Erkina added. "Orchestrating a massive, bright and intensive program with support from our Western partners, and of course, with the participation of the fans, has been a tremendous experience for us."
The Fans’ Embassies are a special project of the Football Supporters Europe (FSE), an independent, grassroots network of football fans in Europe. FSE along with the Russian Football Union, Rostourism and host cities organized friendly matches played by supporters, fanwalks, and other activities, involving fans and supporters from 26 countries.
Russia is staging its first-ever FIFA World Cup, which kicked off in Moscow with a remarkable opening show at Luzhniki Stadium on the evening of June 14.
The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The battle for third place in the 2018 FIFA World Cup will occur in St. Petersburg on July 14 between the national football teams of Belgium and England. On July 15, France and Croatia will clash for the 2018 FIFA World Cup trophy at Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital.