FIFA appoints official railway company for the World Cup
World Cup 2018 By: Lolade Adewuyi | 06/04/2018
Two months to the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Russian Railways has been announced as Official European Supporter, joining Alfa-Bank and Rostelecom in receiving brand association rights for the region.The agreement was signed by Oleg Belozerov, General Director and Chairman of the Board of JSC Russian Railways, Philippe Le Floc’h, FIFA Chief Commercial Officer and Iain Downie, FIFA Director of Marketing Sales and Strategy.Russian Railways will play a key role in the transportation operation around the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ matches. Fans have already booked half of the 440,000 seats available free of charge for ticket holders travelling between the Host Cities. In total, 728 additional long-distance trips on 31 routes have been scheduled between the opening and final matches. The free tickets can be ordered at tickets.transport2018.com and applicants should have purchased match tickets and registered for a Fan ID.Russian Railways is also responsible for operating the 31 train stations located in all 11 Host Cities, which are currently being prepared to receive the guests in a safe and comfortable way.Many travelling Nigeria fans will require the services of Russian Railways to get across the massive landmass of the country when they follow the Super Eagles.Nigeria's Group D matches will take place in Kaliningrad (June 16), Volgograd (June 22) and Saint Petersburg (June 26).