World Cup 2018 Trophy Tour: Everything you need to know

first_imgWorld Cup World Cup 2018 Trophy Tour: Dates, destinations and everything you need to know Goal 19:20 1/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) World Cup Trophy Getty Images World Cup South Korea Croatia Russia Brazil Costa Rica Germany Mexico Belgium England Poland Senegal Sweden Tunisia Switzerland Panama Morocco Spain Colombia Saudi Arabia Japan Uruguay Egypt Iran Portugal France Australia Iceland Argentina Denmark Peru Nigeria Serbia Goal brings you everything you need to know about the promotional tour, which will traverse the globe before the summer The World Cup is just over five months away and the excitement is slowly building ahead of the summer showpiece event.Russia is the destination for 32 teams from across the globe as they vie for the most coveted prize in football – the unmistakeable gold trophy that has become a symbol of greatness in the game.The groups for the 2018 edition are now known and FIFA has already kicked off pre-tournament festivities, including the World Cup Trophy Tour, which is taking place for the fourth time. 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A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With the big kick-off not far away, Goal takes a look at the tour and brings you everything you need to know.What is the World Cup Trophy Tour?The World Cup Trophy Tour is a part of the build-up to the tournament which allows fans around the world to see the original trophy up close and take a photograph with it.Run in association with FIFA’s long-term partner Coca-Cola, the tour is billed as an “exciting and exclusive experience” for lovers of the game, who would otherwise only be able to see the trophy in Zurich at the World Football Museum.The concept was first rolled out ahead of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when the trophy visited 29 countries.It became a bigger attraction as part of the build-up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, touching down in 84 countries (including 50 in Africa).Before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the tour took in its greatest number of countries to date, visiting 90 destinations over 267 days.The promotional exercise involves World Cup winners and dignitaries from different countries taking the opportunity to pose with the historic accolade.What countries and cities will the trophy visit?World Cup TrophyAs mentioned, the trophy is taken to a number of different countries as FIFA promotes its showpiece event around the world. The 2018 World Cup Trophy Tour began in September 2017 in Russia, where it stayed for 78 days, visiting 16 cities, before moving on to the international leg of the tour.London was the launch-pad for the international leg, which kicked off on January 22 and the trophy is set to touch down in 91 cities across 51 countries and six continents.From London, the tour went to Sri Lanka, then the Maldives and then Thailand before moving on to Laos.It will then travel through Asia, taking in places such as Kazakhstan, China and Azerbaijan at the beginning of February and, on February 10, it will arrive back in Europe when it stops in Malta. Continent Countries Africa Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda Asia Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan Australia Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands Europe Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Russia, United Kingdom North America Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, United States South America Argentina, Colombia * Note that the tour may stop at a number of different cities in one countryThe tour is due to first arrive in Africa on February 22, starting with Sudan and staying in the continent until March 16, when it returns to Europe via Italy.South America’s first glimpse of the trophy is set for March 27, when the tour stops in Argentina, where it will stay until April 2 before moving up to Colombia and then further up through North America. The trophy will be in the United States from April 16 until April 20.After that, the tour is scheduled to stop off briefly in Germany before embarking on a journey back through Asia for the remainder of the month and it will return to Russia in May ahead of the big kick-off in June.You can see the full list of dates and destinations below.World Cup Trophy Tour Dates and Destinations Destination Dates Colombo, Sri Lanka 23-24 January Male, Maldives 24-25 January Phuket, Thailand 26-27 January Vientiane, Laos 28 January Macau, China P.R 29 January Nukualofa, Tonga 31 January Honiara, Solomon Islands 1 February Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 1 February Lahore, Pakistan 3 February Almaty, Kazakhstan 4 February Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 5 February Dushanbe, Tajikistan 5 February Tashkent, Uzbekistan 6 February Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 7 February Yerevan, Armenia 7 February Tblisi, Georgia 8 February Baku, Azerbaijan 9 February Valetta, Malta 10 February Vienna, Austria 11 February Minsk, Belarus 13 February Sofia, Bulgaria 14 February Tel Aviv, Israel 15 February Larnaca, Cyprus 16 February Ramallah, Palestine 17-19 February Amman, Jordan 20 February Dubai, United Arab Emirates 21 February Khartoum, Sudan 22-23 February Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 24-25 February Nairobi, Kenya 26-27 February Maputo, Mozambique 28 February Johannesburg, South africa 1-2 March Cape Town, South Africa 3 March Kampala, Uganda 5-6 March Abuja, Nigeria 7-8 March Lagos, Nigeria 9-10 March Dakar, Senegal 11-12 March Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire 13-14 March Cairo, Egypt 15-16 March Naples, Italy 17-19 March Paris, France 20-21 March Cologne, Germany 22-23 March Oslo, Norway 24 March Torshavn, Faroe Islands 24-25 March Reykjavik, Iceland 25 March Tucuman, Argentina 27-28 March Berazategui, Argentina 29 March Buenos Aires, Argentina 30-31 March Rosario, Argentina 1-2 April Bogota, Colombia 3-5 April Panama City, Panama 6 April San Jose, Costa Rica 7-8 April Guadalajara, Mexico 9-10 April Monterrey, Mexico 11-12 April Mexico City, Mexico 13-15 April New York, USA 16 April Miami, USA 17 April Los Angeles, USA 18-20 April Frankfurt, Germany 22 April Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 23 April Beijing, China P.R 25 April Shanghai, China P.R 26 April Tokyo, Japan 27-28 April Osaka, Japan 29-30 April Vladivostok, Russia 1 Maylast_img