On the 27th of February, Russia's Cultural and Information Center opened the RUSSIA 2018 Fan House where football fans can get detailed information about the World Cup that is going to be held from the 14th of June to the 15th of July this year and about the opportunities to visit it.

The solemn event took place in the presence of H. E. Mr. Anatoly Makarov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Bulgaria, and Mr. Pavel Zhuravlyov, Head of the Representation of the Russian Cooperation in Bulgaria and Director of RCIC. The event attracted prominent guests from the sports world, but caused the most emotions among the youngest - the future football stars of Bulgaria. They were curious to explore the house, and they were making selfies with the symbols of the championship.

The RUSSIA 2018 Fan House is actually an information center where football fans can get information about the entery requirements in Russia, the purchase of tickets for the Mondiale 2018 matches, and the tourist potential of the Russian cities hosting the championship. There will also be meetings with athletes and coaches, press conferences, concerts and, of course, broadcasts of the World Cup football matches in Russia.

At the opening ceremony of the House was presented the first FAN ID in Bulgaria. The head of the Russian visa centers in Bulgaria, Mrs. Irina Korzubova, talked about how one can get it and personally handed the card to Vladimir Lyubenov. On the 14th of June, he will witness the historic opening of the 2018 World Football Championship, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The honorable guests signed their autographs on the 2018 World Cup ball, which will be kept in the RUSSIA 2018 Fan House.

This is the first time that Russia is hosting the World Cup. It is the first time that the games will take place on the territory of two continents - Europe and Asia, in 11 cities: Moscow, Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov on Don, Sochi and Ekaterinburg, in 12 stadiums. 32 teams participating in the World Cup will play 64 games in 33 days, 48 of which in a group phase and 16 in eliminations.

After the ceremony at the Russian Cultural and Information Center, a press conference was held on which the forthcoming children's football tournament was held under the auspices of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Mini Football Association “Mini World Championship” (14 June - 15 July 2018 , Sofia), where 32 children's football teams from all over Bulgaria will take part.

The photos are provided by the press service of the RCIC.

Top: The welcoming in the RUSSIA 2018 Fan House by H. E. Mr. Anatoly Makarov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Bulgaria. To his left is Mr. Pavel Zhuravlyov, head of the RosCooperation office in Bulgaria and director of RCIC.