Troika travel cards marking the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup are now on sale at Moscow Metro ticket offices. The city has issued 10,000 cards in each category.
“We issued Troika cards showing a football hitting a goal in the run-up to the World Cup. Passengers liked them, and we sold 160,000 of these cards. By the way, 160,000 people supported the Russian national team during the Russia-Croatia match in Moscow’s two fan festival zones. We have now issued two types of Troika cards to mark the end of the World Cup. They commemorate the metro, Moscow and the tournament,” First Deputy Moscow Metro Chief for Strategic Development and Client Relations Roman Latypov noted.
The first Troika card shows a map of Russia, with red stars denoting the tournament’s host cities. The second version shows a photo of Russian fans on a stadium grandstand and the Russia’s tricolour flag. The inscription on both cards reads: Russia 2018 Football.
In May 2018, the Moscow Metro started selling Troika cards and Troika pendants dedicated to the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup. They also showed the tricolour Russian flag and a football hitting a goal.
The newly upgraded Luzhniki Stadium hosted the World Cup final, with the French national team beating their Croatian rivals and winning the World Cup Trophy for the second time.
From 14 June through 15 July, 12 stadiums and over 550,000 spectators hosted the World Cup in 11 Russian cities. The Russian national team achieved its best World Cup performance ever making it into the quarterfinals, and losing to Croatia only after a tough fight and a series of penalty kicks.