The UEFA Champions League trophy has been officially handed over to the civic authorities in Moscow ahead of the final at the capital's Luzhniki Stadium on 21 May.
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The trophy is due to visit five major Russian football cities: Kazan (19/20 April); Yekaterinburg (21/22 April); Krasnodar (28/29 April); St Petersburg (6/7 May); and Samara (10/11 May). It will return to Moscow for the Champions Festival in Red Square ahead of the game. A celebration party will also enhance the excitement on the eve of the final at the impressive Luzhniki Stadium – a fitting setting for European club football's blue-riband occasion.
The aim is to bring Russians closer to the competition, to set the tone for the final, and to offer local fans the opportunity to get close to this iconic prize. The trophy will be exhibited at venues chosen by the municipal authorities. Admission will be free for the public, and visitors will have the chance to have their photo taken with the silverware.