The Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow will be conducted by former England striker Gary Lineker and Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya on Dec. 1.
The duo will be on stage to help guide the millions of fans around the world through the ceremony.
Lineker who won the adidas Golden Boot at the Mexico 1986 will be the lead conductor at the event slated for State Kremlin Palace, with Komandnaya supporting him.
They will also be joined by eight draw assistants, one of whom is Russian football legend Nikita Simonyan.
However, the remaining seven and the presenters of the show will be revealed in the coming days.
Speaking on the development, Lineker said it was going to be a special occasion for him.
“As a player, I was fortunate enough to take part in the World Cup finals on two occasions.
“It is quite special to be involved in yet another tournament — now on the stage, unveiling the results of the draw.
“ I have been on the other side, waiting to find out my opponents, and I know how exciting this occasion is,” Lineker said.
Lineker enjoyed a stellar international career, helping England to the Italy 1990 semi-finals as well as finishing top scorer in 1986.
Since retiring from a successful career that included spells at FC Barcelona and his hometown club Leicester City, Lineker has become one of the most recognisable sports broadcasters in the UK.
He presents the BBC’s Match of the Day Premier League highlights programme, BT Sport’s UEFA Champions League coverage and the BBC’s UEFA EURO and World Cup coverage.
The former striker at Tottenham Hotspur and Nagoya Grampus was also formerly the anchor of NBC and ESPN’s Premier League programming.
FIFA Deputy Secretary General Zvonimir Boban also said the world football ruling body was also pleased with Lineker’s interest.
“We at FIFA are really pleased that Gary has accepted our invitation and that he will be with us for such an important occasion for the world of football.
“Following a football career as a legendary goalscorer, which was marked with a burning passion for the game, Gary continued in the same light as a football expert.
“His honest and open views together with his in-depth knowledge of the game greatly enrich the world of football journalism.
“It is therefore an honour that Gary will conduct the Final Draw for the World Cup in Russia,” Boban said.
Komandnaya is one of the most well-known sports journalists in Russia, with over a decade of experience across a range of media outlets on radio and television.
These include FOX Sports, Match TV and Moscow FM.
“The draw is an extraordinary time,” Komandnaya said. “Millions of fans are holding their breath, hoping their dreams will come true. It’s the time when the World Cup officially begins.
“I believe that football is a universal language, capable of bringing people together from all around the world. And it’s the time when all of us can speak football.
“I’m so thrilled to have the chance to help conduct one of the greatest sports events. I want to show fans how beautiful my country is and how excited we are to host the World Cup.
“We are so passionate about what we do, and about football. Believe me, it will be a truly extraordinary event.”