Countdown clock was launched Friday on Manezhnaya Square in Moscow marking a 1000-day countdown to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
The ceremony was attended by Russia’s First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, FIFA's Director of Competitions Colin Smith, Mayor of Moscow Sergey Sobyanin, and General Director of the Russia 2018 Local Organizing Committee Alexey Sorokin. Spanish footballer and coach, former captain of the Spanish national team Fernando Hierro, former captain of the Russian national team Alexey Smertin, German footballer, 1990 World champion Lothar Matthaus, Italian football player and coach, 2006 World champion Gianluca Zambrotta, Russian football players Alexander Kerzhakov, Alexander Kokorin, Igor Akinfeev and Vladimir Gabulov were among the guests of honor.
Football fans throughout Russia celebrate on Friday 1,000 days before the start of the 2018 World Cup. Special events will be held in 11 host cities of the World Cup - Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Ekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don. Similar events are taking place in 22 cities across the country: Vladivostok, Sevastopol, Tambov, Chelyabinsk, Arkhangelsk, Syktyvkar, Tver, Krasnodar, Stavropol, Yaroslavl, Petrozavodsk, Khabarovsk, Omsk, Tomsk, Yakutsk, Pyatigorsk, Khanty-Mansiysk, Surgut, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, Nalchik and Saratov.