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KAZAN, may 5. /TASS/. Park world Cup opened on Saturday in Kazan. The opening ceremony was attended by former Spain defender and real Madrid Michel Salgado, the legendary fan of the national team of Colombia Gustavo Llanos, better known as El Cole, as well as ambassadors of the tournament of Kazan – singer Elmira Kalimullina and the goalkeeper of FC “Rubin” Sergei Ryzhikov, the correspondent of TASS from the event.
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“The world championship is not only competition, but also General atmosphere of the holiday, sports atmosphere, hope you’ll feel it,’ said Salgado . In my life, I have experienced three of the world Cup in 1982 in Spain, when I was a child, then in 2006, when he participated in the tournament in the Spanish national team, and now as Ambassador of the International football Federation. It is a holiday, the iridescence, the variety of people who come for the world championship. This is not only a sport but also a very important component of the cultural relations between the two countries”.
Salgado said he heard a lot about “Kazan-Arena” and wants to come cheer for the national team of Spain, which on June 20 will play against Iran in the group stage match of the tournament. “Yesterday was the first time I come here until it was time to see only managed to have dinner on the embankment near the Kremlin. I really liked it, outside the Kremlin is very beautiful. Today we will go on “Kazan – Arena”, I want to look at the stadium, I talked about him a lot and all in a positive manner,” said Salgado.
When the Park opens Salgado and Ryzhikov has played in terbol – game, which is a mix of soccer and table tennis. Guests also experienced their hand in the attraction roboteer and tried to score a goal Keeper – robot. After Salgado spoke with the young players and presented branded gifts with symbols of the tournament, those who could get in the gate.
The football Park in Kazan will take visitors on 5 and 6 may. Then the football Park will be opened in Nizhny Novgorod, where it will operate on 12 and 13 may.
The world Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15 in 11 cities. Kazan will host six matches of the world championship. In the group stage there will be the matches of the France – Australia (16 June) Iran – Spain (June 20), Poland – Colombia (24 June) and South Korea – Germany (June 27). Also at the “Kazan – Arena” on 30 June will take place the match of 1/8 final and 6 July will take place the quarterfinals of the tournament.