Though it’s only been a few months since the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil came to an end, the World football governing body has already begun amping up the next one… The federation of national associations yesterday unveiled the official logo for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
This will be the first time an Eastern European country will host the prestigious tournament. According to tech site Mashable, Moscow was hit by full football fever as the logo was unveiled in a ceremony that featured cosmonauts and laser light shows.
So what does the official logo look like? It’s actually a depiction of the tournament trophy doused in red and blue – the colors of the Russian flag, bordered with a golden outline.
Excited cosmonauts unveiled the logo while stationed at the International Space Station, and were beamed to football fanatics in Moscow via video link. Cosmonaut Elena Serova was quoted saying, “Seeing the football World Cup in our country was a dream for all of us.”
AP quoted FIFA President Sepp Blatter saying the logo symbolizes the “heart and spirit” of the Russian people. Football’s chief rainmaker also took to the popular micro-blogging site Twitter tweeting, “Proud to be part of spectacular unveiling of the official #2018WorldCup emblem in Moscow. We have lift off!”
While there have been many who oppose the hosting of the tournament in Russia, due to some of the countries rather controversial foreign policies FIFA has taken the stand saying ‘the show must go on!’