MOSCOW, November 14 (Sputnik) – Seventeen official symbols of the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup will include Russian symbols which are well known all over the world, reads a press release on the official website of the event.
Among the list of symbols are the well-known Matryoshka nesting doll, the balalaika (a traditional string instrument), a Trans-Siberian Express train and a Faberge Egg.
The final presentation of the symbols is scheduled for the first half of 2015.
On October 28 the official logo of the tournament was presented in Moscow. The official emblem was designed by Brandia Central, a brand consulting agency based in Lisbon, Portugal, following a creative pitch involving eight Russian and international design agencies.
The selection of the final design proposal for the official emblem was made by a panel of judges composed of ten high-profile members from a diverse array backgrounds: Vitaly Mutko, Jerome Valcke and experts from the worlds of sport, culture and government in Russia, namely Igor Shuvalov, Alexey Sorokin, Fabio Capello, Igor Akinfeev, Oleg Dobrodeev, Denis Matsuev, Valery Gergiev and Chulpan Khamatova.
The magic ball at the top of the emblem symbolizes the world’s love of association football. The components of the emblem taken together reflect a blend of the unique attributes of the World Cup and Russia as host nation.