June 14, 2018 10:51 IST

Football fans arrive in Russia ahead of FIFA World Cup kick-off

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Football fans from all corners of the globe began to arrive in Russia on Wednesday as World Cup fever got into full swing on the eve of the opening game, an epa-efe correspondent in the capital reported. The biggest competition in international football kicks-off Thursday evening at Moscow's Luzhinki Stadium with an encounter between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia, reports Efe. But there was a party atmosphere in central Moscow as afficionados from Peru, Colombia, Iran and Egypt, to name but a few, struck poses in fancy dress outside the State Historical Museum. Russia's World Cup venues are concentrated around the European territories, from Moscow to St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad and Sochi. The final is also slated to be played at the Luzhinki Stadium on July 15. Credit: (Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)
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Football fans from Russian gather near Red Square ahead of the World Cup on June 13, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Credit: (Photo by Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)
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Football fans from Saudi Arabia celebrate near Red Square ahead of the World Cup on June 13, 2018 on June 13, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Credit: (Photo by Sergei BobylevTASS via Getty Images)
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Fans of Columbia congregate on Nikolskaya Street a pedestrian street in Kitay-Gorod in Moscow on June 13, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Credit: (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
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Football fans in central Moscow ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Credit: (Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)
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Football fans in central Moscow ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia. Credit: (Photo by Amin Mohammad Jamali/Getty Images)
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Fans of IR Iran congregate on Nikolskaya Street a pedestrian street in Kitay-Gorod in Moscow on June 13, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. Credit: (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)