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MOSCOW, January 25. /TASS/. Christian Karembeu, a former player of the French national football team boasting the titles of the 1998 FIFA World Cup and 2000 UEFA Euro Cup champions, will be in the Russian capital next week attending the ceremony to launch the "500-Day Countdown" to 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, the 2018 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) reported on Monday.
According to the organizers, the 45-year-old footballer, who currently works as a strategic advisor for Olympiacos FC, would come to attend a solemn ceremony of the ‘500-Day Countdown" on February 3 and it would be held in GUM, a Russian landmark shopping center located on the Red Square.
A number of Russian show business stars will accompany Karembeu during the event, which will be crowned with the presentation of the official logo for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will be held between June 17 and July 2 at four stadiums in Russia and they are Otkritie-Arena in Moscow, Zenit-Arena in St. Petersburg, Fisht in Sochi and Kazan-Arena in Kazan.
Last October, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko was appointed the head of a FIFA committee in charge of the organization of the Confederations Cups in 2017 and 2021. The event is a global football tournament held a year before the much-anticipated quadrennial FIFA World Cup.
Russia won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup at the FIFA Congress in Guatemala on December 4, 2010 in a tight race against the bid from England, the joint bid from Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.
The country later 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 matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.
Last September, a total of 33 cities across Russia involving over 450,000 people were celebrating the 1,000-day countdown to the 2018 World Cup.
Main celebrations of Russia’s countdown to the FIFA World Cup, which was inaugurated almost a century ago and takes place once in four years, were held in the Russian capital of Moscow.