FIFA unveiled the official poster on Tuesday for the upcoming World Cup finals in Moscow. The poster portrays a vintage design of Soviet goalkeeping legend Lev Yashin in flight.
Sparked by the constructivist art movement, the poster contains Yashin image, wearing a knee brace and his signature cap, leaping across 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 tournament venues, FIFA said.
The poster’s revelation takes place three days prior to the World Cup draw takes place to finalise the matchups for the 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 of the poster.
Lev Yashin, who passed away in 1990, played in four World Cups — 1958, 1962, 1966 and 1970. He is the only goalkeeper to have won the Ballon d’Or award.
Russia is set to host the World Cup finals from June 14 to July 15 in 12 venues spread across 11 cities, including Moscow, St Petersburg, and Sochi.