World Cup 2018: 1 day to go

Welcoming the world to Russia

A smattering of rain is no dampener on the buoyant mood of this group of Brazilian fans who continue to play and sing, much to the amusement of other fans in Moscow. An estimated one million fans are expected to descend in Russia throughout the next
A smattering of rain is no dampener on the buoyant mood of this group of Brazilian fans who continue to play and sing, much to the amusement of other fans in Moscow. An estimated one million fans are expected to descend in Russia throughout the next month.PHOTO: EPA-EFE
Yes Czar, the Pharoahs have arrived. An Egyptian fan in appropriately fitting national garb gets in on the festivities in Moscow.
Yes Czar, the Pharoahs have arrived. An Egyptian fan in appropriately fitting national garb gets in on the festivities in Moscow.ST PHOTO: DAVID LEE
From top: A smattering of rain is no dampener on the buoyant mood of this group of Brazilian fans who continue to play and sing, much to the amusement of other fans in Moscow. An estimated one million fans are expected to descend in Russia throughout
A Germany fan holding up a welcome message for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus as the German team arrive at the Vnukovo International Airport in Moscow.PHOTO: REUTERS

Fans usher in month-long fest alongside hospitable hosts, all systems go for opener tomorrow

Dobro pozhalovat!

As Russia welcomes the world, not even afternoon showers could cool the World Cup fever raging in the heart of Moscow yesterday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 13, 2018, with the headline 'Welcoming the world to Russia'. Print Edition | Subscribe