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Kremlin To Host World Cup Draw in December

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Russia World Cup 2018 draw will take place in the Kremlin

Zurich, Switzerland – World football governing body FIFA has agreed to have Russia’s World Cup 2018 draw in Moscow’s Kremlin on December 1, according to Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko.

According to Russia’s main news agency TASS, Mutko announced the news during a meeting with Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev.

The draw will take place at the 6,000-capacity State Kremlin Palace, a grand structure built inside the Kremlin walls in the Soviet era to hold Communist Party conferences. Nowadays, the venue usually plays host to veteran Russian pop stars, ballerinas and awards shows.

Mutko added that preparations for the World Cup and 2017 Confederations Cup are progressing without any significant problems.

Next Monday, January 30, is the 500-days-to-go milestone for eastern Europe’s first World Cup and a FIFA inspection team is visiting Russia at the end of February to check on preparations for this summer’s dress rehearsal, the Confederations Cup.

That event, which takes place between June 17 and July 2, will feature Russia, 2014 World Cup winners Germany and the six reigning champions of world football’s confederations: Australia, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal and the winners of the on-going Africa Cup of Nations.

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