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As Latvia took on Switzerland in a World Cup 2018 qualifier in Riga, Via Hansa DMC was making arrangements for the vast majority of the many Swiss sponsor and media groups and supporters who had followed their squad to the Latvian capital. The Swiss visitors did not only come to watch the match, but also got acquainted with the highlights of Riga, with the medieval past of Latvia during a visit to the medieval castles and a knights’ tournament in the Gauja National Park, and with the vibrant Latvian sea resort in Jurmala at the Baltic sea coast. Moreover, the visitors had plenty of opportunity to taste delicious Latvian food and enjoy the local beer!

The match itself was a fairly one-sided affair, where the Swiss side was dominating the whole match and deservedly won their 8th consecutive qualifier 0-3. The mood was brilliant in the Swiss sectors at the Skonto Stadium, but as the Swiss main opponent in Group B, Portugal, at the same time also won their match in Budapest, the Swiss supporters realized that their chances to go to the FIFA World 2018 in Russia now hinges on their last crucial match in Lisbon in October. As the World Cup qualifiers now are drawing to an end, Via Hansa DMC has already started to focus on arrangements for the visitors to the FIFA World 2018 in Russia next summer. For more information about arrangements in Russia in 2018, please contact: or visit: