In the lead-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, ESPN and Sony Pictures Sports Network have teamed up to air ‘The Last Train to Russia’, a 12-episode series that explores the country of Russia through the eyes of ESPN international soccer reporter Martín Ainstein and his visits to the 11 World Cup host cities.
The daily series will premiere on Sony Ten 2 SD and HD channels on everyday at 9 pm.
The series captures the culture, the people, the food and the mores via Ainstein’s journey onboard the Trans-Siberian railway beginning in St. Petersburg; snaking through the country to cities as far east as Ekaterinburg; Sochi on the west; and concluding with two episodes on Moscow.
“Our build-up to the World Cup has focused on giving our viewers in-depth information on the teams, past winners, and the path taken by each team to qualify for the World Cup. The Last Train to Russia is an exclusive series by ESPN that gives viewers a taste of Russia and the host cities with a sagacious narrative of the greatest show on earth,” said Sony Pictures Networks India president sports & distribution Rajesh Kaul.
“We are excited to present The Last Train to Russia, the first in our comprehensive global news and information coverage of the World Cup in Russia. Russia is a country with rich culture and unique traditions. We expect that through Martin’s style of storytelling, we are able to offer a sense-of-place experience to World Cup fans in India,” said ESPN India Television Initiatives head Jasdeep Pannu.
Ainstein added: “Traveling through the largest country in the world allowed me to get to know the real Russia: a rich, diverse, and ever-changing country. On the train, you begin to understand the country’s history and the lifestyle of its people by sharing and exchanging experiences. It was a fascinating journey.”
Ainstein’s reporting for this series lasted for six weeks as he traversed the vast country, one train station at a time. The ESPN international soccer reporter captures the traditions and historic centers of each of the 11 World cup cities in Russia, including the stadiums where the matches will be played.