World Cup 2018 Trophy Tour: Dates, destinations and everything you need to know

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Goal brings you everything you need to know about the promotional tour, which will traverse the globe before the summer

The World Cup is just over five months away and the excitement is slowly building ahead of the summer showpiece event.

Russia is the destination for 32 teams from across the globe as they vie for the most coveted prize in football - the unmistakeable gold trophy that has become a symbol of greatness in the game.

The groups for the 2018 edition are now known and FIFA has already kicked off pre-tournament festivities, including the World Cup Trophy Tour, which is taking place for the fourth time.

With the big kick-off not far away, Goal takes a look at the tour and brings you everything you need to know.


What is the World Cup Trophy Tour?


The World Cup Trophy Tour is a part of the build-up to the tournament which allows fans around the world to see the original trophy up close and take a photograph with it.

Run in association with FIFA's long-term partner Coca-Cola, the tour is billed as an "exciting and exclusive experience" for lovers of the game, who would otherwise only be able to see the trophy in Zurich at the World Football Museum.

The concept was first rolled out ahead of the 2006 World Cup in Germany, when the trophy visited 29 countries.

It became a bigger attraction as part of the build-up to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, touching down in 84 countries (including 50 in Africa).

Before the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the tour took in its greatest number of countries to date, visiting 90 destinations over 267 days.

The promotional exercise involves World Cup winners and dignitaries from different countries taking the opportunity to pose with the historic accolade.


What countries and cities will the trophy visit?


World Cup Trophy

As mentioned, the trophy is taken to a number of different countries as FIFA promotes its showpiece event around the world. 

The 2018 World Cup Trophy Tour began in September 2017 in Russia, where it stayed for 78 days, visiting 16 cities, before moving on to the international leg of the tour.

London was the launch-pad for the international leg, which kicked off on January 22 and the trophy is set to touch down in 91 cities across 51 countries and six continents.

From London, the tour went to Sri Lanka, then the Maldives and then Thailand before moving on to Laos.

It will then travel through Asia, taking in places such as Kazakhstan, China and Azerbaijan at the beginning of February and, on February 10, it will arrive back in Europe when it stops in Malta.

Continent Countries
Africa Cote D'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Uganda
Asia Armenia, Azerbaijan, China, Georgia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Maldives, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestine, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan
Australia Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands
Europe Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Malta, Norway, Russia, United Kingdom
North America Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama, United States
South America Argentina, Colombia

* Note that the tour may stop at a number of different cities in one country

The tour is due to first arrive in Africa on February 22, starting with Sudan and staying in the continent until March 16, when it returns to Europe via Italy.

South America's first glimpse of the trophy is set for March 27, when the tour stops in Argentina, where it will stay until April 2 before moving up to Colombia and then further up through North America. The trophy will be in the United States from April 16 until April 20.

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After that, the tour is scheduled to stop off briefly in Germany before embarking on a journey back through Asia for the remainder of the month and it will return to Russia in May ahead of the big kick-off in June.

You can see the full list of dates and destinations below.

World Cup Trophy Tour Dates and Destinations

Destination Dates
Colombo, Sri Lanka 23-24 January
Male, Maldives 24-25 January
Phuket, Thailand 26-27 January
Vientiane, Laos 28 January
Macau, China P.R 29 January
Nukualofa, Tonga 31 January
Honiara, Solomon Islands 1 February
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 1 February
Lahore, Pakistan 3 February
Almaty, Kazakhstan 4 February
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 5 February
Dushanbe, Tajikistan 5 February
Tashkent, Uzbekistan 6 February
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 7 February
Yerevan, Armenia 7 February
Tblisi, Georgia 8 February
Baku, Azerbaijan 9 February
Valetta, Malta 10 February
Vienna, Austria 11 February
Minsk, Belarus 13 February
Sofia, Bulgaria 14 February
Tel Aviv, Israel 15 February
Larnaca, Cyprus 16 February
Ramallah, Palestine 17-19 February
Amman, Jordan 20 February
Dubai, United Arab Emirates 21 February
Khartoum, Sudan 22-23 February
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 24-25 February
Nairobi, Kenya 26-27 February
Maputo, Mozambique 28 February
Johannesburg, South africa 1-2 March
Cape Town, South Africa 3 March
Kampala, Uganda 5-6 March
Abuja, Nigeria 7-8 March
Lagos, Nigeria 9-10 March
Dakar, Senegal 11-12 March
Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire 13-14 March
Cairo, Egypt 15-16 March
Naples, Italy 17-19 March
Paris, France 20-21 March
Cologne, Germany 22-23 March
Oslo, Norway 24 March
Torshavn, Faroe Islands 24-25 March
Reykjavik, Iceland 25 March
Tucuman, Argentina 27-28 March
Berazategui, Argentina 29 March
Buenos Aires, Argentina 30-31 March
Rosario, Argentina 1-2 April
Bogota, Colombia 3-5 April
Panama City, Panama 6 April
San Jose, Costa Rica 7-8 April
Guadalajara, Mexico 9-10 April
Monterrey, Mexico 11-12 April
Mexico City, Mexico 13-15 April
New York, USA 16 April
Miami, USA 17 April
Los Angeles, USA 18-20 April
Frankfurt, Germany 22 April
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 23 April
Beijing, China P.R 25 April
Shanghai, China P.R 26 April
Tokyo, Japan 27-28 April
Osaka, Japan 29-30 April
Vladivostok, Russia 1 May

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