A glittering cast of famous faces will be in attendance for the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, which will be held in Moscow on 1 December.
As usual, among the thousands of guests there will be delegations from the 32 competing nations, legendary footballers past and present, renowned artists and public figures. This time, however, also joining them at the ceremony will be 11 guests of honour – one representing each FIFA World Cup Host City – who through their passion and devotion to football have earned themselves the title of Superfan.
The youngest person to be awarded the honour of Superfan is six-year-old Misha Smolin from Moscow, who has been a passionate football supporter for as long as he can remember and simply cannot wait for the World Cup to get under way so he can wear some of the more than 300 football scarves that his family has been collecting for generations.
The oldest Superfan, on the other hand, is 75-year-old trombonist Viktor Pautov from Saransk. Viktor has provided musical accompaniment to football matches in Mordovia for 20 years now and he is looking forward to playing the national anthems of every national team that comes to Saransk during the FIFA World Cup.
Among the female representatives is Olga Paramonova from Volgograd, who used to work as the stadium announcer at the city’s Central Stadium, which was pulled down in place of the newly built Volgograd Arena. She still dreams of picking up the mic at least once at the new stadium and announcing the team line-ups next summer.
These Superfans represent all ages, genders, professions and interests, but they are all united by the same dream: to see the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia in their home cities and show their passion for the beautiful game.
“In my opinion, Superfans are people who love their team, come to show their support at every game, understand football and can’t imagine their lives without it,” said Vladimir Vorobyov, a pilot from Saint Petersburg. “This invitation to the Final Draw means a lot to me, but it’s also a huge responsibility. We would like to show Russia’s love for football, and how excited we are about the upcoming tournament and making new friends with fellow supporters from around the world.”
The selection process for the Superfans was led by each Host City in various formats: in collaboration with local FIFA World Cup Ambassadors, representatives from clubs, football associations or fan associations. The main criteria were the fans’ love for football, their loyal support of a local team, and their desire to see the 2018 FIFA World Cup in their home city.
All Superfans have been invited to the Final Draw ceremony at the State Kremlin Palace and will also receive two tickets to the first FIFA World Cup fixture in their city from the hands of FIFA Legends. They will be available for interviews during the brunch that will present the 2018 FIFA World Cup Host Cities at the media centre of the State Kremlin Palace at 11:00 on 30 November.
2018 FIFA World Cup™ Host City Superfans
- Ekaterinburg – Maria Panina
- Kaliningrad – Vladimir Zuev
- Kazan – Sergei Serov
- Moscow – Misha Smolin
- Nizhny Novgorod – Andrei Goryunov
- Rostov-on-Don – Sergei Kopin
- Saint Petersburg – Vladimir Vorobyov
- Samara – Elizaveta Levanova
- Saransk – Viktor Pautov
- Sochi – Igor Mamaladze
- Volgograd – Olga Paramonova