Russia 2018: FIFA Confirms Maradona, Others For Draws
World football governing body FIFA, have made public the array of stars who will participate in the Final Draw for the 2018 World Cup in Moscow on 1 December.
Leading the star cast is Diego Maradona who is joined with other big-name ex-footballers Laurent Blanc, Gordon Banks, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Diego Forlan, and Carles Puyol who all will be assisting draw conductor Gary Lineker.
Lineker will be supported by Maria Komandnaya, at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace, FIFA announced on their website on Tuesday.
According to FIFA, the draw assistants, together with trophy bearer Miroslav Klose, will represent the eight FIFA World Cup-winning nations. The eighth draw assistant is Russian football legend Nikita Simonyan.
“The Final Draw is an exciting moment for all of us football fans for obvious reasons. But it is also a magical one because it allows us to look ahead to the big emotions that await us during the World Cup while also bringing the spotlight to those who have made history,” FIFA president Gianni Infantino said.
“It is a great line-up and I am delighted to have FIFA Legends from all of the former World Cup winning countries represented in the Final Draw show.”
A combined 13 different finals of the World Cup will be represented with the presence of the eight draw assistants in Moscow.
Of the group, 91-year-old Nikita Simonyan represented his country at Sweden 1958, while Forlan played for Uruguay at the most recent tournament, Brazil 2014.
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