FIFA World Cup 2018 is the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is currently ongoing in Russia starting from 14 June and will end with the final match on 15 July 2018. The country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010.
This is the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 tournament in Germany, the first ever to be held in Eastern Europe and the eleventh time that it has been held in Europe. All of the stadium venues are in European Russia to keep travel time manageable. It is expected to be the most expensive football championship in history, budgeted at US$11.8-14 billion surpassing the cost of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The final tournament will involve 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team. Of the 32 teams, 20 will be making back-to-back appearances following the last tournament in 2014, including defending champions Germany, while Iceland and Panama will both be making their first appearances at a FIFA World Cup. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final will take place on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
The winners of the FIFA World Cup 2018 will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup. Pre-tournament favorites to win the final were Brazil, France, Germany and Spain.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Stadiums:
A total of 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities have been built and renovated for the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Samara: Samara Arena (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 45,000). The construction officially started on 21 July 2014. The project was completed on 21 April 2018.
Nizhny Novgorod: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 45,000). The construction of the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium commenced in 2015. The project was completed in December 2017.
Volgograd: Volgograd Arena (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 45,000). The main arena of Volgograd was built on the demolished Central Stadium site, at the foot of the Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex. The stadium was commissioned on 3 April 2018.
Ekaterinburg: Ekaterinburg Arena (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 35,000). The Central Stadium of Ekaterinburg has been renovated for the FIFA World Cup. The arena’s stands will have a capacity of 35,000 spectators. The renovation project was completed in December 2017.
Saransk: Mordovia Arena (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 44,000). The stadium in Saransk was scheduled to be commissioned in 2012 in time for the opening of the all-Russian Spartakiad, but the plan was revised. The opening was rescheduled to 2017. The arena hosted its first match on 21 April 2018.
Rostov-on-Don: Rostov Arena (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 45,000). The stadium is located on the left bank of the Don River. The stadium construction was completed on 22 December 2017.
Kaliningrad: Kaliningrad Stadium (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 35,000). The first piles were driven into the ground in September 2015. On 11 April 2018 the new stadium hosted its first match.
Kazan: Kazan Arena (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 45,000). The stadium was built for the 2013 Summer Universiade. It has since hosted the 2015 World Aquatics Championship and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The stadium serves as a home arena to FC Rubin Kazan.
Moscow: Spartak Stadium (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 45,000). The stadium is a home arena to its namesake FC Spartak Moscow. In accordance with the FIFA requirements, during the 2018 World Cup it will be called Spartak Stadium instead of its usual name Otkritie Arena. The stadium hosted its first match on 5 September 2014.
Sochi: Fisht Stadium (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 45,000). The stadium is one of 22 arenas in history to host the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics. After Sochi 2014, the arena was renovated in preparation for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup.
Saint Petersburg: Saint Petersburg Stadium (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 67,000). The construction of the stadium commenced in 2007. The project was officially completed on 29 December 2016.The stadium has hosted games of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and will serve as a venue for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the 2020 UEFA European Football Championship.
Moscow: Luzhniki Stadium (seating capacity during the FIFA World Cup: 80,000). The largest stadium in the country was closed for renovation in 2013. The stadium was commissioned in November 2017.
There are total 8 groups in FIFA World Cup 2018.
Group A Teams- Russia, Egypt, Uruguay, Saudi Arabia
Group B Teams- Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Group C Teams- France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
Group D Teams- Argentina, Iceland, Croatis, Nigeria
Group E Teams- Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F Teams- Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G Teams- Belgium, Panama, tunisisa, England
Group H Teams- Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan
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