The road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has been laid out for 141 teams from across the globe as St Petersburg’s Konstantin Palace hosted a dramatic and star-studded Preliminary Draw.
A global audience of approximately 94.8 million tuned in as the spectacular show, hosted by Dmitry Shepelev and supermodel Natalia Vodianova, blended football with some of the best in Russian music and culture.
All of those enthusiasts had earlier been promised the warmest of welcomes by Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, who kicked off proceedings by addressing the 2,000 guests and viewers from across the world.
Best dressed men :
Vladimir Putin in a dark blue suit and dark blue tie
The draw brought together Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Russia president Vladimir Putinn
Tv presenter Dmitry Shepelev and Aleksandr Kerzhakov
Former Russian soccer player Aleksandr Kerzhakov assists with the draw.
Italian coach Fabio Cannavaro attents the preliminary draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Fabio looked great in a blue suit
Head coach Dunga of Brazil
Oliver Bierhoff, manager of the German national team attends the Preliminary Draw of the 2018
Cameroon’s striker Samuel Eto’o in blue
Brazil legend Ronaldo assists with the draw.
FIFA Secretary-General Jerome Valcke
Former tennis player Marat Safin