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The 2018 World Cup logo was unveiled live in space last night

FIFA pres Sepp Blatter joined by cosmonauts in a space spectacular.

DESPITE VOCAL OPPOSITION, Russia is doing its best to make sure that the 2018 FIFA World Cup is out of this world.

The tournament’s official logo was unveiled on Tuesday night with a unique twist by three Russian cosmonauts who joined FIFA President Sepp Blatter via video link from the International Space Station.

The space spectacular was broadcast live on Russian TV while a light projection was also staged on Moscow’s historic Bolshoi Theatre.

Source: FIFATV/YouTube

FIFA said: “The shape of the Official Emblem of Russia 2018 takes on the universally recognisable outline of the World Cup Trophy, while the bold use of red, gold, black and blue in the emblem’s colour palette was inspired by centuries-old techniques seen in world-renowned Russian art dating back to the earliest icon paintings.

“The magic ball at the top of the emblem puts the world’s love of football into the spotlight. And the components of the emblem taken together blend unique attributes of the World Cup and of Russia as host nation.

“It unites magic and dreams, as the competition will do for millions of fans in 2018.”

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