Matthaus and Zambrotta to attend 1,000 day countdown in Moscow
FIFA World Cup™ winners Lothar Matthaus and Gianluca Zambrotta will be in Moscow on Friday 18 September to attend the celebrations marking 1,000 days to the start of Russia 2018.
The footballing stars will be among the guests of honour at an international tournament for youngsters under the age of 16. The event will kick-off in Red Square at 11.45am and will bring together representatives of the national teams from the last three countries to win the FIFA World Cup™; Italy, Germany and Spain, as well as Russia, the next Host Country.
Matthaus and Zambrotta will also be attending the ceremony to launch the Russia 2018 countdown clock, scheduled for 1.00pm on Manezhnaya Square.
“Russia and its football fans deserve to host the World Cup,” said Matthaus. “I’m extremely excited about 2018 as I know and appreciate this country, its mentality and people. I'm sure that all efforts will be made to guarantee that supporters and visitors will be warmly welcomed in Russia.”
The World Cup winners will also be signing autographs and putting on masterclasses at the Football Park which will be opening its doors in Red Square on the day the 1,000 day countdown begins, which particularly excites Zambrotta!
“I’m curious to see football played in such an unusual and amazing place as Red Square,” he smiled. “It’s a brilliant idea!”
The Football Park is set provide fans with an unforgettable journey through the world of football. Visitors will be able to study the history of the World Cup, learn about Russia's plans for 2018 and take part in football-themed interactive games.
While the park is open, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Winner’s Trophy will be on display to the public.