(Xinhua) -- Over one million people
have attended the 2018 FIFA World Cup fan festival in the 11
Russian host cities over the first four days of the tournament,
FIFA said on Sunday.
"Just four days into the World Cup
and we’ve already reached 1,000,000 spectators at the FIFA Fan
Fest. What an amazing start!" FIFA said on its official Twitter
The FIFA Fan Fest venues have been organized in all of the 11
host cities, where fans can gather and watch live broadcasts of
the games on large screens free of charge.
According to Tass news agency, the Fan Fest venue in Moscow
has been operating in front of the main building of the Moscow
State University since June 10 and will offer broadcasts of 56
games throughout the entire run of the tournament.
The World Cup kicked off here on Thursday and will continue
through July 15, with a total of 64 matches to be played by 32
national football teams at 12 stadiums in the host cities.
Brazil superstar Neymar:
"I’m not scared to dream big"
MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
Brazil superstar Neymar says he is "not scared to
dream big" as the Selecao look to secure a sixth World Cup
triumph in Russia.
Just hours before Brazil’s first match against Switzerland on
Sunday, the Paris Saint-Germain forward posted a video on social
media showing his efforts to overcome injuries along with a
"I don’t know how it will end, but you can be sure that we
are going to try to make a country happy.
"It’s our dream and I’m not scared to dream big," the
Neymar made reference to the fractured vertebra he suffered
in Brazil’s victory over Colombia in the quarterfinals of the
2014 World Cup.
The injury ruled him out of Brazil’s semifinal against
Germany, which the tournament hosts lost 7-1.
"The big moment has come. After four years I am taking part
in another World Cup," said Neymar, who became the world’s most
expensive footballer last August when he joined PSG from
Barcelona in a deal worth 222 million euros.
"What an honor to play for my country and pursue a big dream.
"I’ve had a lot of difficulties and I feel blessed to have
made it this far.
"I’m completely happy to be accompanied by not only great
professionals, but great players."
In a news conference on the eve of Sunday’s match, Brazil
coach Tite said Neymar is still not 100% fit as he recovers from
surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot.