It is time for the 21st FIFA World Cup and the FIFA world cup 2018 host country is going to be Russia. The event will start on June 14th, 2018. Europe is going to host this World Cup for the first time. So people have lots of question is mind like what’s going to be the venue, how many teams will be a part of the tournament and so on. Read further and you will get all the information you need about the event:
There will be 32 national teams in the final tournament and 31 of the teams will be determined through the qualifying competitions. Like always, the team that will qualify automatically is going to be the host team. So, there will be 64 matches that will be played at 12 different venues in 11 cities. Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium will host the final tournament on June 15th, 2018.
About the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
It’s Russia’s main stadium that was built to host the first nationwide summer Spartakiad in 1956. Over the years, this ground has hosted a number of major cultural and sporting events. The 1980 Summer Olympics and Ice Hockey World Championship were also hosted in this stadium. Other than this, more than 3000 football matches have been held here. The stadium went through some reconstruction in 2013. The historical façade of this ground has named it one of the most appreciated landmarks of Moscow. It has the capacity of more than 81,000 people.
Procedure of Host Selection
Do you know how the 2018 World Cup host country was selected? The bidding for both FIFA World cups (2018 and 2022) started in January 2009. All National Associations worldwide had time until February 2nd, 2009 to register for the bid. 9 countries placed their bids for the 2018 World Cup to begin with, but later on, Mexico withdrew from the proceedings. As the Indonesian Government couldn’t submit a supporting letter for the bid, its bid for the World Cup was rejected in February 2010. Australia, USA and Japan withdrew from the bids during the process. So, only 4 bids were left for the 2018 World Cup and the countries that were a part of the process included Spain, Netherlands, Russia and England.
So, basically, there were 2 rounds of the voting and here were the results:
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As we talked about it earlier, the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 has multiple venues apart from the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. The cities that Russia proposed included Saint Petersburg, Kazan, Saransk, Sochi, Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Moscow, Krasnodar, Yekaterinburg and Yaroslavl. All these cities are either in or outside European Russia just to make sure the travel time is reduced.
Initially, Russia proposed 16 grounds to be the host, but in 2011, it decreased the number to 14. The number of host cities was reduced from 13 to 11 and so did the number of stadiums. Finally, in October 2015, the FIFA committee selected the following stadiums for the tournament:
- Luzhinki Stadium (81,000 capacity)
- Otkrytiye Arena (45,360 capacity)
This pitch is the home of Spartak, the most successful Russian football team. The arena proved lucky for the home team as they have won 9 out of 10 times. The stadium has statutes of the founders of the club, the Starostin brothers.
- Krestovsky Stadium (68,134 capacity)
It is the massively over-budgeted stadium, which was 9 years behind its construction. The field is also going to host the Confederation Cup Final.
- Kaliningrad Stadium (35,212 capacity)
The city is not actually a part of Russia’s mainland. It is enclaved between Poland and Lithuania. The capacity of the ground has been increased to 35,000.
- Kazan Arena (45,379 capacity)
The stadium holds the largest outside screen in Europe. Apart from the World Cup, it has also been selected for the Confederations Cup.
- Nizhny Novgorod stadium (44,899 capacity)
It is the riverside stadium located at the confluence of the Oka and Volga Rivers.
- Cosmos Arena (44,918 capacity)
Apart from the FIFA World Cup, this stadium is also going to be the home of Kylia Sovetov. The stadium has a space-age glass dome. It has been designed so to play homage to the role of Samara in the Space Exploration Program of the Soviet Union.
- Mordovia Arena (45, 015 capacity)
It is located at the southwest of Moscow and it is a part of the Russian Federation. The capacity of the stadium will be topped to 45,000 for the tournament, but it will be reduced to 28,000 for its permanent tenants.
- Rostov Arena (45,000 capacity)
This stadium is a part of the new development city on Don River. Although Rostov never won any league title, it came close against the odds in 2015 to 2016.
- Fisht Olympic stadium (47,659 capacities)
The stadium was built for the Paralympic Games and Olympic in 2014. It was an indoor arena, but now it has been converted to an open-air football stadium.
- Central Stadium (35,000 capacity)
The stadium used to be a multipurpose venue, but it was reconstructed for the World Cup. The interior was completed changed for meeting the FIFA standards.
- Volgograd Arena (45,568 capacity)
This stadium has been specially designed for the World Cup. It is also going to be the home for the FC Rotor Volgograd. Although the stadium is brand new, it has an eye-catching design like an open lattice.
The opening match for the World Cup tournament will be held on June 14th, at the Luzhniki stadium, Moscow. The second semifinal on July 11th and the final on July 15th will be held in the same stadium. The first semifinal on July 10th and the third place match on July 14th will be held at Krestovsky stadium, Saint Petersburg.
The tickets for the World Cup started selling on September 14th, 2017. They will be available for sale till October 12th, 2017.