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2018 FIFA World Cup poster: Russian great Lev Yashin stars

The official poster for next year's World Cup in Russia has been revealed, featuring a design that pays tribute to Ballon d'Or-winning keeper Yashin.

2018 FIFA World Cup poster: Russian great Lev Yashin stars

FIFA has revealed the official poster for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, unveiling a vintage design of Soviet goalkeeping great Lev Yashin in flight.

Yashin honoured in official World Cup poster

Inspired by the constructivist art movement, the poster shows Yashin, wearing a knee brace and his trademark cap, diving to get a hand on an oversized ball featuring Russia's landmass seen from space.

Orange rays emanate from the ball and the circle of green in the middle of the poster represents the pitches of the 12 World Cup venues, FIFA said.

2018 World Cup draw to be held on Friday

The poster's launch comes three days before the World Cup draw takes place to determine the make-up of the tournament's group stage.

"We are very proud of this beautiful landmark asset that portrays such an important icon and celebrates the coming tournament on Russian soil," FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura said.

Yashin the only goalkeeper to win Ballon d'Or

Yashin, who died in 1990, competed in four World Cups - 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970 - and is the only goalkeeper to have won the Ballon d'Or, scooping the award in 1963.

Russia is to host the World Cup finals from 14 June to 15 July at 12 venues spread across 11 cities, including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi.


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