Fifa have unveiled the official poster of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, ahead of the draw on Friday afternoon. 

The poster, featuring Soviet legend and Ballon d’Or winner Lev Yashin, was designed by Russian artist Igor Gurovich.

The poster also features a ball of Yashin’s era, with one half showing Russia from space reflecting what Fifa claim is a ‘key inspiration’ of the 2018 brand, Russia’s achievements in space exploration.

“The Official Poster of the 2018 Fifa World Cup is a true reflection of Russia’s artistic and football heritage,” said Fifa Secretary General Fatma Samoura. 

“We are very proud of this beautiful landmark asset that portrays such an important icon and celebrates the coming tournament on Russian soil.”

Chairman of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee Vitaly Mutko added: “It was very important for us to portray Russia as the Host Country in the Official Poster.

“That’s why we chose Lev Yashin, a symbol of Russian football, as the main figure. I’m sure that the poster…

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