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Sport Russia awash with colour ahead of World Cup spectacle

17:07  14 june  2018
17:07  14 june  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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It’s one of the biggest showpieces in world sport, and for the next month, Russia has rolled out the welcome mat.

Right now, Moscow is awash with colour. On the fringe of the city’s famous Red Square rival fans engage in, mostly, friendly banter and chants. There’s dancing, singing and lots of selfies.

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The centre of the Russian capital was awash with the colours of nations taking part, including Peru, Iran, Egypt and Argentina, three days before the World Cup begins with the host nation playing Saudi Arabia.

Australia has already made its point. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was adamant there’d be no official delegation at tonight’s opening ceremony.

But it hasn’t stopped a flood of Australians, about 5000 in all, from making the long trek.

Our Socceroos will occupy much of their focus - the Aussies kick off their campaign this Saturday night against football giant France, but many have come here just to feel part of the festival.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Among the dancing, colour, chants and banter are football fans ready to support their country. Picture: AAP. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Among the dancing, colour, chants and banter are football fans ready to support their country. Picture: AAP.

Visits to Russia are expected to top almost 1.5 million, and the Russians are ready to put on a show.

Although, an Englishman will be given the honour of opening proceedings.

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a group of football players posing for a photo: Around 5000 Australians have also travelled to the country to watch the Socceroos in the tournament. Picture: AAP. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Around 5000 Australians have also travelled to the country to watch the Socceroos in the tournament. Picture: AAP.

But what then of the locals? What do they think of the event? One Vladamir Putin and his government have poured some $13 billion into making a success.

They certainly wouldn’t approve of the dramatic increase in traffic. The roads are mostly clogged in the inner-city.

a group of people playing football on a field: Australia's national team kick off their competition against France on Saturday night. Picture: AAP. © Provided by Nine Digital Pty Ltd Australia's national team kick off their competition against France on Saturday night. Picture: AAP.

Business is booming though - restaurants are full, so too the bars, and the city has a festival feel about it.

Russians want nothing more than to make sure this World Cup is a massive hit. Especially Putin, who’ll surely be trying his hardest for no own goals.

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