WELCOME to Kazan, the city billed as Russia’s third capital, and one of the country’s largest economic, scientific and cultural centres.
The main attraction is the Kazan Kremlin, a World Heritage Site and a building of stunning beauty.
In front of it is an impressive statue of a serpent, the traditional emblem of the city.
But what’s this draped across it?
A blue and white flag.
Ah yes, Wigan Athletic are in town.
After 2,500 supporters took over Bruges a couple of months ago, the European party has moved to Kazan.
Given the 5,000-mile round trip, they have understandably travelled in smaller numbers.
But look carefully – or not so carefully in the case of Paul Woolham and Steve Best - and you’ll find them.
They’re both happy to be here; both happy to support their team.
“It’s unreal mate, unreal,” Paul tells me.
“Who would have thought Wigan Athletic would ever have been playing out here in a proper game. Unreal.”
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