Russia: Female footballers to be ‘ball-girls’ in World Cup opening first

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Published on 17 May 2018, 14:45
A female football team from the city of Agryz in the Republic of Tatarstan, participated in the World Cup trophy tour in Kazan’ on Thursday, after winning a nationwide contest to become ball throwers in the opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The competition was open to amateur players aged 13-16 and the winners were chosen by players of the Russian national team. The results were announced earlier in the week.

"Everybody screamed. We experienced unbelievable emotions. Probably, it is the biggest dream for football players to attend the World Cup. We are speechless, simply speechless," said Yulia Shustova, the team captain.

The opening match will take place between Russia and Saudi Arabia on June 14 in Moscow.

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