Wednesday 13 December 2017, 15:01

DEC 2017/JAN 2018

FINAL DRAW FOR RUSSIA 2018 The wait is over – now that we all know the groups for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, we bring you some of the best shots from the draw in Moscow. +++ With just a few months to go until the World Cup, we take a closer look at the hosts’ footballing pedigree. +++ Ballet is Russia, and Russia is ballet. Football fits in perfectly. We photographed two world-class Russian ballerinas playing football +++ Ever heard of bandy? This popular sport is played with sticks on ice, but it has a lot of similarities with football. See our pictures from Krasnoyarsk.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE “The benefits of involving the member associations in decision-making are immediate and visible,” says Gianni Infantino about the FIFA Executive Football Summits. In order to facilitate the work of the member associations, “the agendas of the 12 meetings that we will organise between now and March 2018 will vary according to the participants’ priorities.”

FIFA MEMBER ASSOCIATIONS Six pages of news from FIFA’s member associations.

PLUS … … “the month in pictures”, “snapshot”, “photo archive”, “then and now” and our other popular picture formats. As well as a football cartoon by Mordillo.

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