Arshavin promotes Russia`s 2018 World Cup bid
Russia may have failed to make this summer`s World Cup, but Arsenal star Andrei Arshavin will make an appearance in South Africa all the same - as part of a Russian delegation to promote the country?s bid to host the tournament.
"In terms of how we are promoting Russia`s bid, we have achieved a high level of mutual understanding - reminiscent of one-touch football," bid head Aleksei Sorokin was quoted as saying by sportbox.ru.
"As well as government representatives - First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov and sports minister Vitaly Mutko - we are pleased to welcome the symbol of Russian football, Andrei Arshavin, to our ranks. He will meet up with us in Johannesburg and strengthen our team," he added.
Russia is competing with England, Australia, the United States, Spain and Portugal and Belgium and the Netherlands to host the World Cup in 2018
FIFA will appoint hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups on December 2.
The 2010 World Cup kicks off on Friday with a match between hosts South Africa and Mexico.