The FIFA World Cup 2018 in Kaliningrad
The football World Cup is about to be held for the 21st time and, as always, it is guaranteed to stir up excitement and imagination in sport fans from all over the world. The tournament is organized every four years. This time it takes place in Russia (which has been chosen as a host in December 2010), in the city of Kaliningrad, only 160 km away from Gdansk.
As a result of the qualifying competition held over the past 2 years, 32 teams from all over the world have been selected to participate in the tournament. In June and July, the total of 64 matches will be played on 12 stadiums located in 11 cities, including Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Volgograd, Kazan, Rostov-on-Don, and the aforementioned Kaliningrad.
Kaliningrad, once known as Königsberg, is the administrative center of Kaliningrad Oblast. The city’s population is estimated at 454.000 residents, making it only slightly smaller than Gdansk. It was established by the Teutonic Knights in 1255, and it is full of historical sites. Without a doubt, its most famous citizen was Immanuel Kant. His tomb is situated in a mausoleum adjoining an imposing cathedral in the city centre. Kaliningrad is also known for its amber: Kaliningrad Oblast is the world’s leading source of this gemstone.
Unfortunately, the city has suffered significant damage during the WWII, when it lost many of its historical monuments, and with them, much of its unique atmosphere.
A modern stadium, built specifically for the World Cup, has been put into service this year. It is located on October Revolution Island.
The official World Cup mascot is a wolf named Zabivaka. It is worth mentioning that Kaliningrad is located only about 160 km from Gdansk, but 1290 km from Moscow.
And this is why, in between the matches, we wish to invite all the football fans to Gdansk!