Russian Central Bank says its banknote predicted football future

The Russian central bank released a 100 Rouble note to commemorate the FIFA world cup held in its country.

The banknote celebrates the 2018 FIFA World Cup™. The note is printed on polymer. The top part of the note bears a transparent window that contains a holographic element. The design of the note is vertically oriented.

The coat of arms of the Russian Federation is located in the top left corner of the front of the note. The main images of the front side are a boy with a ball under his arm and a goalkeeper diving for a ball.   The main images of the back side are a football as a symbol of the globe and football fans.

On a closer look at the goalkeeper image (see left top corner), it has an amazing similarity to the save by Russian Goalkeeper Igor Akinfeyev!

front side

The Central Bank did not hold back and patted itself on its back for its forecast:

Russia’s Central Bank has said that a bank note it released in May correctly predicted Igor Akinfeyev’s decisive penalty kick save in Sunday’s game against Spain.

The bank released a special 100-ruble ($1.58) banknote dedicated to the World Cup in the weeks before the tournament, featuring a hologram of a diving goalkeeper parrying a football with his foot.

The figure is remarkably similar to images of Akinfeyev during Spain’s last penalty kick on Sunday, when he parried the ball with the tip of his outstretched foot to send Russia into the quarterfinals of the tournament. 

“Forecasting was always one of our strong sides,” the bank said in a Facebook statement on Monday. 

The banknote also features a boy with a football and legendary Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin, symbolizing “the transition between generations,” Central Bank deputy head Olga Skorobogatova was cited as saying by the RBC news website.

Central banks forecasting world cup performance! They may get economic forecasting all wrong, so could try their hand at football forecasting. They could join the several banks who forecast World Cup outcomes….

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