Did a bear just do a trial run for opening World Cup in Russia?

Did a bear just do a trial run for opening World Cup in Russia?

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Did a bear just do a trial run for opening World Cup in Russia?

The Russian bear is considered a symbol of Russia, so might it be logical to think that a real bear will kick off the 2018 FIFA World Cup in some way, like handing the ball to the referee before the opening match, perhaps?

In what many have suggested as a preview of such a scenario, a circus bear took center stage before a third division soccer match in Russia on Saturday.

As players from Pyatigorsk Mashuk-KMV and FC Angusht Nazran looked on, the bear named Tim walked with its trainer to the sideline at midfield, stood up on its hind legs, and was given the game ball to hand over to the ref.

Turns out, the referee had to take the ball from the bear. Fortunately Tim was OK with that.

While it’s unclear whether Tim will be doing the same thing before the opening match of the World Cup, the bear will likely have some role.

According to FC Angusht, which posted video, Tim, described as an “honored guest,” will be a “participant of the opening ceremony of the 2018 World Cup in Moscow.”

For the record, Angusht went on to win the match, 3-0.

Oh, and the World Cup begins June 14.

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