Match of the Day host Gary Lineker will be joined by Russian journalist Maria Komandnaya for the World Cup draw this Friday. The 32 qualified nations are set to find out who they will be facing in the group stages of next summer’s tournament.
Lineker has flown out to Moscow for the event, which will be shown live from Kremlin Palace, the capital venue that is regularly used as a concert hall.
He will be joined in stage by popular TV personality Maria, who has been working in football broadcasting in her homeland for over 10 years.
She made her mainstream footballing debut at the Confederations Cup this past summer, where she was the face of FOX Sports coverage.
She will be returning to the sidelines for coverage of the World Cup next summer – starting with this week’s draw.