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Two cosmonauts play soccer in Space celebrating World Cup 2018. The video was published on YouTube by the Russian space agency. On the International Space Station Roscosmos astronauts Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Artemyev did football training.
“A great football celebration is expected not only on Earth, but also in space. Roscosmos astronauts Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Artemyev did football training on the International Space Station,” read a statement on YouTube from Roscosmos in Russian, translated by Space.com.
“The cosmonauts, each of which donned a “Russia 2018” T-shirt for the occasion, pulled off a variety of acrobatic flips, kicks and spins — moves that would make real World Cup players down here on terra firma jealous. The soccer ball arrived at the ISS on March 21 along with the Expedition 55 crew, which involved Artemyev. The ball came back down to Earth on June 3 aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft carrying Shkaplerov, Norishige Kanai of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and NASA astronaut Scott Tingle. The ball will be used during the first match of the FIFA World Cup, which runs from June 14 through July 15, Roscosmos officials have said,” mentions space.com.
“We’re looking forward to the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. #WorldCup,” Artemyev wrote on Twitter in May, in English.
In 2014, there have also been soccer matches in spaces, such as two NASA astronauts held their own tournament in honor of the FIFA World Cup that year.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010.
Here you can watch the video how cosmonauts play soccer ahead of World Cup!