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Russia: First veterans match held ahead of Confederations Cup01:34

Russia: First veterans match held ahead of Confederations Cup

Russian Federation, Sochi
March 9, 2017 at 17:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

The first football match between veteran football players was hosted near Sochi's Olympic Park on Thursday, 100 days ahead of the FIFA Confederations Cup tournament.

The match between currently dissolved FC Zhemchuzhina-Sochi and their opponents from Abkhazia was organised in order to popularise sports in general, and football in particular, among the younger generation ahead of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup.

A famous Soviet footballer and current Sochi ambassador for the 2018 World Cup, Evgenii Lovchev, said Russian authorities "should work on building the system so that children have an opportunity to do sports for free and have an opportunity to reach higher levels and maybe even become stars in their hometowns and stay there rather than leave as many do."

The 2017 Confederations Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia from 17 June to 2 July, 2017, as a prelude to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is scheduled to take place from 14 June to 15 July, 2018. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities across Russia, with the final set to take place in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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The first football match between veteran football players was hosted near Sochi's Olympic Park on Thursday, 100 days ahead of the FIFA Confederations Cup tournament.

The match between currently dissolved FC Zhemchuzhina-Sochi and their opponents from Abkhazia was organised in order to popularise sports in general, and football in particular, among the younger generation ahead of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup.

A famous Soviet footballer and current Sochi ambassador for the 2018 World Cup, Evgenii Lovchev, said Russian authorities "should work on building the system so that children have an opportunity to do sports for free and have an opportunity to reach higher levels and maybe even become stars in their hometowns and stay there rather than leave as many do."

The 2017 Confederations Cup is scheduled to take place in Russia from 17 June to 2 July, 2017, as a prelude to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is scheduled to take place from 14 June to 15 July, 2018. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities across Russia, with the final set to take place in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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