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Football dignitaries and international media converge on the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on Friday, December 1 for the eagerly anticipated 2018 FIFA World Cup draw. The ceremony is due to kick-off at 8:30 PM IST, with a host of familiar faces from the world of football set to be involved.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup draw ceremony gives Russia the chance to showcase the cities and stadiums that will host the 32 teams next June and July. Former England striker Gary Lineker, the 1986 World Cup’s Golden Boot winner as leading goalscorer, and Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya are the main presenters. Get live coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup draw, Russia here.
Germany coach Joachim Loew has arrived for the World Cup draw.Loew was among the first to get to the Kremlin for the draw, where defending champion Germany will learn who it plays in the group stage.
Unlike many who consume soccer for fun or for a living, Rory Smith of The Times is a big fan of draws, as he wrote in our weekly newsletter Thursday. (Related: you should definitely sign up for our weekly sports newsletter.) “I love a draw,” Rory said. “I love the word ‘permutations.’ I love the sense that anything is possible. I love seeing that blank slate fill up. I love trying to work out what the best games will be and whose path to the semifinals, to the final, to glory, might be easiest and which most strewn with complication.
Unlike many who consume soccer for fun or for a living, Rory Smith of The Times is a big fan of draws, as he wrote in our weekly newsletter Thursday. (Related: you should definitely sign up for our weekly sports newsletter.