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Putin may attend 2018 FIFA World Cup Final Draw — Kremlin

November 23, 15:20 UTC+3 SOCHI

Eight high-profile football players will "be lending a helping hand on 1 December" during the much-awaited Final Draw for the 2018 World Cup at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace

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SOCHI, November 23. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin may attend the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup next week in the Russian capital of Moscow, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday.

"This is highly possible and we hope that the president will find some time on his schedule to do it," Peskov told journalists adding that the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final Draw is one of the most important events in Russia’s preparations to host the world’s main football championship.

The presidential spokesman said the preparations for the 2018 World Cup are "in full steam and the event will be marvelous."

Two days ago the FIFA announced that eight high-profile football players from around the globe would "be lending a helping hand on 1 December" during the much-awaited Final Draw for the 2018 World Cup at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.

The announced football stars to assist at the Final Draw ceremony are Laurent Blanc, Gordon Banks, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Diego Forlan, Diego Maradona, Carles Puyol, Miroslav Klose and Nikita Simonyan.

After successfully hosting the FIFA Confederations Cup this summer, Russia is now in full-swing preparations to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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 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.

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