By Daniel Pradilla
How Russia changed their reputation and organized the most amazing World Cup in history.
13 years of football traveling had earn us a reputation that we could have never imagined. We feel proud and honored when people from all over the world coming to us for advice, asking to help them make their dreams come true by attending the FIFA World Cup.
We must admit that we all had our doubts about Russia, but the minute we landed, we realized that all those assumptions were wrong. Russia and its people didn’t waste this opportunity to host the biggest sporting event on earth. Instead, they work their ass-off to show the world what an amazing country they are.
After attending the last 4 World Cups, we could tell you that we’ve never seen a tournament better organized and put together than the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Their stadiums were incredible, the public transportation and access routes to the stadiums were impeccable. The ticketing and information centers were incredible. Thousand benefit from the free trains between cities and the paying for visas thanks to the brilliant idea of the fan IDs. The FIFA Fan Fests we went to were simply amazing!
Train from Moscow to Sararnsk for the Colombian debut
June 19th - Mordovia Arena, Saransk (Colombia 1 - Japan 2)
This was my second World Cup, and my third trip with the BPF crew. I'm lucky that my birthday always land when Colombia plays at the WC, that also happened in Brazil. Traveling with Backpacking Football is an unbelievable experience that you never forget.
LAURA ZAGARRA | COLOMBIA FAN
June 22nd - Saint Petersburg Stadium (Brazil 2 - Costa Rica 0)
June 24th - Kazan Arena (Colombia 3 - Poland 0)
Mandatory tourism break in Kazan before our next match.
June 28th - Samara Arena (Colombia 1 - Senegal 0)
Spasibo Russia, you should be extremely proud of your performance as a host country, and as a football team! See you in Qatar 2022.