SARATOV, April 6. /TASS/. Over 100,000 football fans from South Korea are expected to visit 11 cities across Russia to attend matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer, Kim Sae-woong, the consul general of the South Korean Embassy in Russia, told journalists on Friday.
Asked by journalists during his visit to the Russian city of Saratov on a number of South Korean nationals coming to Russia for the World Cup, Kim Sae-woong said that "this is a very difficult question, but as far as I know about 100,500 tickets were purchased by the citizens of South Korea for the matches."
"I believe that this number is likely to increase," the high-ranking South Korean diplomat added.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final Draw, held at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 1 last year, placed South Korea in Group F alongside with reigning champions Germany, Sweden and Mexico.
The South Korean national football team is scheduled to play its group stage matches; on June 18 against Sweden in Nizhny Novgorod; on June 23 against Mexico in Rostov-on-Don and June 27 against Germany in Kazan.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in 68 days with the opening match in the Russian capital of Moscow.
Russia 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.