Baptista and Karpin try out the Fisht Stadium’s field

The athletes held a free kick competition
01 December 2016
Former Russian national team’s midfielder Valery Karpin and two-time Confederations Cup winner with Brazil’s national team Julio Baptista were the first to onto the field of Sochi’s Fisht Stadium, which will host the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ matches.

The athletes did a series of free kicks.

"The idea was to show a great stadium. To show that we, in Russia, have good stadiums and good weather with temperatures above zero," Karpin said.

Karpin and Baptista wagered who does free kicks better. After a series of attempts, the Russian footballer won, being the first to hit the ball into a plate, which hung suspended from the upper right corner of the goal. "I shoot like a veteran and he still shoots like a player, I think I won," Karpin noted. "I’m not upset, this was a joke competition," the Brazilian midfielder said.

The Fisht Stadium will host six World Cup matches: four group stage ones, round of sixteen and a quarter-finals match.