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Soccer World Cup 2018 in Russia

World Cup FIFA 2018 – the most significant sporting event of the year. It will be held in Russia. This vast country is located immediately on two continents, what makes the event doubly unique. This is the 21st world championship in history and Russia will become the host country of the tournament for the first time.

The level of awareness of the FIFA World Cup remains extremely high: 95% of online respondents interviewed in Russia know about the tournament, of which 74% said they are interested in the event. On average, in the world (an average of the 24 countries participating in the study), 88% of the audience heard about the championship, 74% of them also expressed enthusiasm for the tournament. Thus, from the point of view of world awareness, the FIFA World Cup is the most popular sporting event; After that, with a small margin followed by the Summer and Winter Olympics. In Russia, the FIFA World Cup holds the first place regarding awareness with the Winter Olympics, outperforming the Summer Olympics. 77% of respondents in Russia agree that the country will be a good host for the FIFA 2018 World Cup, 54% of respondents in the world think so.


The results of the qualifying tournament determined 31 of 32 participants of the World Cup. Country organizer automatically received a place to participate in this tournament.

For the first time in the history of the application for participation in the qualifying tournament filed all 208 members of FIFA (not counting Russia). This tournament is the debut for the national teams of Bhutan, South Sudan, Gibraltar, and Kosovo. Since the number of members of the United Nations, only 8 countries have not applied for participation, namely the United Kingdom, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Monaco, Nauru, Palau, Tuvalu, and the Federated States of Micronesia. There were 206 teams in the qualifying tournament. Zimbabwe’s team was disqualified after applying due to non-compliance with the terms of the contract with the former head coach and intends to appeal the relevant decision of FIFA. The team of Indonesia was excluded from the tournament due to a suspension of membership of its football federation in FIFA due to an interference of state bodies in the activities of the federation.

The FIFA Executive Committee approved the distribution of seats in the final part of the championship between the regional confederations on May 30, 2015. The main draw of the qualifying tournament was held in St. Petersburg on July 25, 2015, but in the Asian and North American zones the tournament started earlier because of the more extended format of the qualifying calendar. The first matches of the qualifying tournament were held on March 12, 2015 in the AFC zone.


The Old World at the World Cup allocated 14 vouchers. One of them, of course, without any struggle on the field went to the owners, but because the fans will see the team under the leadership of Stanislav Cherchesov.

The Russian national team played unsuccessfully at the World Cup in 2014 in Brazil, and before that, last time, performed at the World Cup in Japan and Korea in 2002 (just as unsuccessfully). The first of three in the Russian history world championships for Russia happened in 1994, but even a penta-trick in the game against Cameroon and “Golden Boot” by Oleg Salenko did not help the team to make it to the playoffs. Then, in the final part of the world forum there were 24 teams, and at once four teams of six, who took third places in their quartets, reached the 1/8 finals. Russia was one of two losers.

The remaining 13 European teams made their way to the upcoming championship through a tough qualifying tournament. It was ingloriously disappeared and did not even get to the play-offs such teams as the Netherlands, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Wales, Austria, Montenegro, Romania, Albania, Slovenia, Scotland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey and Ukraine, many of whom played on Euro 2016.

The most insulting thing was probably Slovakia, which took second place, but on additional indicators was the only such team that did not make it into the play-offs. However, it was hardly easy for Ireland, Greece, Northern Ireland and, of course, Italy, losing at the junctions.

Whom will we see in the fields of Russia next summer from Europe? The best team of the qualifying round was, as befits the current champions of the world, Germany. The team of Joachim Lowe had not lost a single point in ten matches, having pummeled 43 goals and conceding only four.

The same team with one draw and six goals conceded was the Belgian national team, which won its subgroup, which has one of the most talented compositions in the world. But will Eden Azar, Kevin de Bryune, Romelu Lukaku, Thibaut Courtois and others finally realize the potential of the “Red Devils” next summer?

Fewer than all in the qualifying round of UEFA missed the national teams of England and Spain. In the gate of Joe Hart and David de Gea flew in just three balls. The same de Gea received in a match with the Russian team on November 14.

However, to compare that game with the official as tricky as the Spanish and English teams among themselves. “Red Furies” with Isco, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Ramos and the same de Hea will be one of the main favorites of the tournament. But the British, who scored only 18 goals in their qualifying group, go to the world without a lot of hope for medals – as one of those teams who are capable of much, but with a particular confluence of circumstances.

Portugal won subgroups and qualify for the final tournament with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Poland goes with the forward of the German “Bavaria” Robert Lewandowski, who scored 16 of the team’s 28 goals and became the best scorer for the World Cup 2018 in the world.

Two more triumphs of qualifying groups – Iceland and Serbia are strong. First of all, with their team football. In Russia, they will not be among the favorites, but they are dangerous for any rival and can go far enough, creating a couple of really high-profile sensations.

But the Swedish team has already made such surprises just on the road over. Yes, the Netherlands did not qualify for the European Championships, but from this, no one doubted their participation in the junctions in the struggle for the right to play at the World Championships. The Swedes stood in the way of “Oranje”, on a sad note completing Arjen Robben’s international career, which, however, in the last match against “Tre kranur” issued a double (2:0). That was scoring the Dutch needed eight unanswered goals. When Sweden left behind the world championship in the play-offs, Italy, along with Gianluigi Buffon, who will not play on his fifth mundial and will not wear a national team shirt anymore, cried all over the world.

But the Scandinavians go to Russia strong and seasoned young team, which is quite capable of joining and thinking about returning to the national team for the second time in the world championship career the tremendous and terrible, unfading and indestructible 36-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Also through the junctions, the strongest teams of Denmark, Switzerland, and Croatia made their way to the World Cup, with the potential of the last two being at least a quarterfinal. However, there is a feeling that Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Luka Modric and Mario Mandzhukich want even more.


At the World Cup-2026, when the final part of the break through the already 48 teams, the Asian Confederation will double its representation, but so far, five national teams have made it to the world championship. Since 32 teams played in the final stages, they are practically the same from the world championship to the world championship.

During this period, the teams of China and North Korea made their way to the world championship, and only. Japan and South Korea have not missed a single World Cup, and Saudi Arabia, Iran and joined Asia for some time, Australia, get to the world forums almost always. However, Asian teams usually do not achieve high results at the Mundials, most often go to the group stage or fly out in the first round of the playoffs.

Unless in 2002 at a home tournament in South Korea under the guidance of the wizard Guus Hiddink did wonders. However, the “magic” was created there and the arbitrators, who knocked out in the matches against the Koreans from the struggle consistently between Italy and Spain in 1/8 and 1/4 finals. As a result, Korea reached the semi-finals, but for more it was not enough, and Hiddink’s wards lost both the semi-finals and the match for third place.

The next summer, the repetition of that result is unlikely to be expected. Most likely, the ultimate dream of Japan and Australia will be the withdrawal from the group, and it is difficult for Iran and South Korea with Saudi Arabia to count on it.


Africa is also waiting for the doubling of its quota, but for the time being it has the same five places in the final stage of the World Cup, being the largest world confederation. 53 African national teams are going through a complicated multi-stage qualifying round, the crown of which are five groups of four teams, conducting a two-round tournament on the principle of the Champions League. The winners of these groups go to the mundial.

Tunisia in the fiercest struggle of Group A ahead of one point (14 against 13) DR Congo. Morocco has left behind the already accustomed to its participation in the final tournament team of Côte d’Ivoire, ahead of her four points in six rounds. Senegal did not abandon the hopes of Burkina Faso, Cape Verde with Zee Luis and South Africa, and the Egyptian national team, led by the supersonic winger of the English “Liverpool” Mohammed Salah, made her country happy, having made her way to the World Cup for the first time since 1990! Ghana was always the victim of “pharaohs”.

Well, from the “death group” to the world championship, Nigeria with Ahmed Musa and other interesting football players made their way. “Supereagles” did not let in Zambia, Algeria and the current champion of Africa – Cameroon.

Perhaps for Nigerians will play at the World Cup a graduate of the St. Petersburg football school “Smena” – perfectly speaking Russian Bryan Idowu from “Amkar”. At least on November 14, he made his debut as a member of the national team in Krasnodar against the Argentina national team (4: 2). The debut turned out fantastic: Appearing on the field at the beginning of the second half in the match during which his team conceded with a score of 0: 2, Idowu became the winner of the winning goal!

North and Central Americas

In the motley zone CONCACAF, the qualifying round was held in five rounds and included three stages of the playoffs and two group stages.In the certain subgroup of the six teams, one of the primary sensations of the world selection rumbled: The team of the United States contrived in the last round to make out in an away match with the long lost all the chances for a trip to Russia Trinidad and Tobago (1: 2) and did not even go to the joints.

Panama and Honduras, as an order, defeated the habitually qualified at the World Cup-Costa Rica and Mexico respectively (2: 1 and 3: 2) and went around in the table “star-striped”, and Panama made its way to Russia directly, becoming participant of the world forum for the first time in its history. Honduras went to the play-offs, but lost to Australia (0: 0, 1: 3) and will not play in Russia.

Mexico, who came to the Cup of Confederations in the summer, will undoubtedly be one of the most interesting national teams of the tournament. An unsuccessful performance for the “Aztecs” will be absenteeism in the quarterfinals, but they hope for the medals.

Costa Rica has ambitions more modest, but the presence at the last turn of the leading goalkeeper of Real Madrid’s Keilor Navas gives her fans a hope for a miracle in any game. Especially in 2014 Costa Ricans reached the quarterfinals.

South America

The least of all teams participate in the selection for the World Cup in South America. Although half of them can get through to the Mundial, the qualifying tournament in the CONMEBOL zone is considered to be the most difficult in the world. There is also an exhausting two-round tournament of 18 rounds, and high-altitude matches in the capital of Bolivia La Paz, and the competition of eight high-level teams for four direct and one-way ticket.

The most confident of all the cycle was held by the Brazilian national team, which, with the arrival of the coaching bridge Tite, gained balance. Well, in the class of Neymar, comrades of doubt never existed. The Brazilians won first place with the only one defeat for the whole selection from Chile, but also in the last round they did not let the Chileans themselves, who are the champions of America the last two draws and having Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal in their team!

Yes, there, Argentina with Lionel Messi almost whistled past the Russian tournament, having won the efforts mainly of his captain’s ticket to the world forum only in the last round.

Also, in Russia will face the formidable teams of Colombia with James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao and Uruguay with Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. They were expected there, and, like Brazil and Argentina, will be among the favorites.

Well, Peru, finishing on the fifth line, made it to the play-offs with the winner of the selection of Oceania – New Zealand. In the first game of confrontation, Latinos unexpectedly for many failed to prevail over the weaker rival, playing a draw – 0: 0. However, in the return match on their field Peruvians confidently won with a score of 2:0 thanks to the goals of the striker of the Moscow “Locomotiv” Jefferson Farfan and the defender of the Colombian “Emelek” Christian Ramos.

Thus, from the South American continent, the largest possible number of teams will come to the Russian championship – five.


A wolf named Zabivaka became the official mascot of the World Cup, which in 2018 will be held in Russia. He received 53% of the vote, with a large margin ahead of other applicants for this honorary title – Tiger-cosmonaut (27%) and Cat (20%). However, on the Internet, the opinions of football fans regarding the choice of this talisman, were seriously divided.

Wolf Zabivaka, elected following the popular vote as the official symbol of the 2018 World Cup, has the speed of Gareth Bale and the technique of Lionel Messi, often deciding the fate of matches alone – this is the symbol of the Russian World Cup, perhaps from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Red, white and blue colors in the game form symbolize the national colors of Russia, and orange racing glasses allude to the extraordinary speed of this “football player” and give it a zest to the image necessary for a long time to be remembered by fans of football. Before winning this honorable vote, the character of Russian folk tales passed the most demanding contest.

“First we conducted a survey on the Internet among Russian children. Then students from different cities drew the characters proposed by the children, and three of them reached the final of the contest”- Fatma Samura, the general secretary of FIFA, informed the official website of the organization, separately noting the creative talent of the Russians.

“Our talisman is designed to inspire fans, to involve the broad masses in football and invite them to the stands for bright and positive emotions” – quoted the official website of FIFA.

It was Mutko who, to Ivan Urgant’s question, how the Wolf would be called, firmly answered: “Zabivaka!” However, later the deputy prime minister for sports admitted that he is not the author of the name:

“Did I come up with a name for the talisman? No, this is collective creativity. There were many nuances. Zabivaka well translated, and no repetition will be. I voted for the Wolf. Before moving to Moscow, I had a German shepherd” – said Vitaly Mutko.

The legend of world football, Brazilian Ronaldo, who attended the mascot announcement ceremony, also approved the candidacy of the Wolf:

“Talismans play a huge role in the promotion of the tournament and bring great joy to the spectators at the stadiums. I do not doubt that Zabivaka will be remembered for a long time by fans all over the world. “


World Cup 2018 – the 21st World Championship, which will be held in Russia. Dates: July 14 – June 15, 2018

Russia for the first time in its history will become the host country of the world football championship, in addition, it will be held for the first time in Eastern Europe. Also for the first time, the Mundial will take place on the territory of two parts of the world – Europe and Asia. The championship is scheduled for 12 stadiums in 11 cities of Russia. Besides, the championship will use the system of video replay for the first time (VAR).

On March 18, 2009, FIFA announced, that 9 applications were submitted for the 2018/2022 championships, which were submitted by: Australia, England, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, the USA, Japan, Portugal and Spain (joint application), Belgium and the Netherlands (joint application). Only the Republic of Korea and Qatar announced the participation in the elections host to the World Cup in 2022. Later, according to the current FIFA regulation on the rotation of the continents, representatives of Asia (including Australia) and America left the race for the 2018 tournament. On December 16, 2009, it became known that Igor Shuvalov headed the organizing committee for supporting the nomination of Russia as a candidate country for the right to host the 2018-2022 World Cup. Thus, the executive committee of FIFA chose from the applications of Russia, England, as well as joint projects of Spain – Portugal, and Belgium – the Netherlands. December 2, 2010 in Zurich was announced the name of the host country of the World Cup: it was Russia. By results of the voting, Russia won already in the second round, having collected more than half of votes.



Moscow (FIFA 2018)

The opening match will be held in Moscow on June 14 and the final on July 15, seven group games on June 16, 17, 19, 20, 23, 26, June 27, two 1/8 finals on July 1 and 3 and a semi-final on July 11. Games will be held at two venues: all the beloved and famous “Luzhniki” and pride of “Spartak” – the new stadium “Spartak Stadium”. “Luzhniki”, back in 2008 received the status of an elite stadium in the UEFA system, nevertheless modernized the site. Now players will run on a natural lawn, and watch them will be able to 81 000 people. “Spartak Stadium” was completed in 2015 and accommodates 45,000 spectators.

If the fan decided not to use the hospitality package but wants to look for a place to live independently, hundreds of hotels, hostels, and daily rented apartments throughout the capital are at his disposal. Of course, in those closer to the stadiums, the seats will be booked six months in advance, and the rental price can grow by 30% or more. So, probably, it is necessary to choose a hostel in another area, mainly since the travel with a fan’s passport on public transport will be free. Especially for the championship, it is planned to build a village of fans for 10 000-15 000 people with prices of economy class.

By the way: The right of free travel on FAN ID is provided not only on public transport but also on intercity – during the championship will go special two-story trains for fans. Foreign guests of the World Cup FAN ID gives you the opportunity to enter Russia without a visa. Besides games, Moscow can show lots of interesting things to both foreign guests and Russians. We will not even talk about the Red Square, VDNH and Moscow Zoo. In addition to these “textbook” tourist places, football fans should visit the Cosmonautics Museum, the Museon Park, the Hermitage Garden, the Kolomenskoye Park and the Tsaritsyno Reserve. For connoisseurs of modern art mast-go – “ArtPlay”, design-plant “Flacon” and, of course, MIBC “Moscow City”. And sports bars scattered throughout the map of Moscow will be happy to welcome into their Russian soulful embraces all tired of long walks and decided to celebrate the victory of your favorite soccer fans.


Saint Petersburg (FIFA 2018)

The northern capital will host games at the stadium of the same name. Construction was completed in 2017, the arena holds almost 68,000 spectators. A passage from Moscow by train FAN is free, as well as intraurban – of course, with a fan’s passport. Airports “Pulkovo-1” and “Pulkovo-2” in the fastest pace modernize the buildings and station areas to be ready for the influx of sports tourists.

On the North Palmira area there will be four group matches – 15, 19, 22, 26 June, 1/8 finals – 3 July, one semifinal match – 10 July and the game for third place – 14 July. Since hotels in St. Petersburg are quite expensive, and mini-hotels and hostels may not be enough for everyone, the city government has been puzzled by the opening of several dozen hotels 2* and 3*. So that the fans will not remain without a roof over their heads. Now the average price of a double room per night in a mini-hotel 2* is about 3500 rubles, for the championship this cost can grow by 15-20%.

In addition to the point of the Vasilievsky Island, the Aurora and the Hermitage are obligatory to visit Peterhof (better on a sunny day, if it will), the Peter and Paul Fortress, Kronstadt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and, of course, the bridging of the bridges. The time of the matches will also allow you to admire the white nights.


Volgograd (FIFA 2018)

The Volga cluster of games is represented, among other things, by the millionth Volgograd. It is located almost a thousand kilometers from Moscow, in the lower reaches of the Volga. In addition to the open stadium “Volgograd Arena” for 45,000 seats, the city will provide three training areas for teams. June 18, 22, 25, June 28 at the stadium will be held the selection game.

Mamayev Kurgan, the sculpture “Motherland Calls,” the museum complex “The Battle of Stalingrad”, the Volga-Don Canal – all the sights in Volgograd are monumental and amaze with size and strict solemnity. They are worth seeing at least once in life.

Unfortunately, the rhythm of modern urban life does not always allow us to rest fully. However, you want to escape from Moscow for a few days, unwind, change the situation and see something new.

Fortunately, to arrange a small adventure, it does not necessarily have to have an extra bag of money. You can buy a train ticket and go to an unknown destination. Also, if you want certainty in your travels, then we can tell which cities are worth a visit. For example, Volgograd.

If you sit on the train on Friday evening, then the next day you can enjoy the sunset in a cafe on the Volga embankment. The journey time will be about 20 hours, and the ticket price usually starts from 1300 rubles.

In Volgograd, there is something to see and in addition to the wonderful sunsets. In particular, we recommend that you go to the Mamayev Kurgan. This height during the war became the site of bloody battles. Now here are the mass graves and the world-famous memorial ensemble “Heroes of the Battle of Stalingrad.” His business card is the monument “Motherland Calls!” At the time of construction, it was the tallest statue in the world. For 22 years, she retained the lead before giving way to the statue of the goddess Kannon in Japan. At the moment, the 85-meter Motherland is ninth in the world.

The entrance to the Mamayev Kurgan is free. In addition to the memorial complex on its territory, there is a temple and a museum of Stalin, for visiting which it is necessary to pay about 120 rubles.

Special attention of tourists deserves Volgograd Starry House. It is among the eight best planetariums in the world. Since its construction in 1954, it has been visited, according to the most conservative estimates, by more than 32 million guests.

The duration of the interactive program for guests of the planetarium is 1 hour. The session consists of an excursion, an experiment with the Foucault pendulum and a program in the Star Hall. The price of an adult ticket is 270 rubles.

Please note that in the upper foyer of the planetarium, fragments of two meteorites are on display for everyone, and for an additional fee, you can register with a local observatory to observe the starry sky through a telescope.

Before departure, take a walk along the embankment of Volgograd near the river port (on the map). Here you can take an ice cream or drink a cup of coffee, looking at the ships slowly sailing along the river. The embankment is not very far from the station, so you will have time to say goodbye to the city and, without haste, go to the train that will take you home.


Ekaterinburg (FIFA 2018)

The capital of the Urals. The third largest city in terms of population and importance is Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg. It is also the city of the World Cup, the farthest from the European mainland.

The Central Stadium was reconstructed in Ekaterinburg. Now it holds 35,000 spectators and for the time of the World Cup it will be called “Ekaterinburg-Arena”.

there will be four matches of the group stage in the Urals capital: June 15, 21, 24 and 27.

The cost of rent here is comparable to Volgograd.

If you want to feel the atmosphere of this city be sure to visit the Yeltsin Center (the museum in honor of the first Russian president Boris N. Yeltsin), the observation platform of BC Vysotsky (from which a magnificent view of the city opens), the Temple on Blood (where the family was shot by the last Russian Tsar – Nicholas II), stroll along Vainer Street (many shops and cafes) and the Plotinka (where you can see a panorama of all important objects).


Kazan (FIFA 2018)

More than once hosted by Russian and international competitions and championships, the city is ready to meet the participants and guests of the mundial. “Kazan Arena” accommodates 45,000 spectators, who on June 16, 20, 24, June 27 will be able to attend the qualifying group games, and on June 30 and July 6 at 1/8 and 1/4 finals respectively. Also, in Kazan, there will be organized a training camp for the participating teams. The city, according to the authorities, is completely ready for the championship: all possible modernization of infrastructure, roads, hotel complex have been carried out. Inexpensive aparthotels can be rented on average from 1500 rubles per day.

Be sure to go through the historic center of the city: Kazan in beauty can compete not only with Russian tourist cities but also with European ones. The Kazan Kremlin, Millennium Park, the Millennium Bridge and the Temple of all religions will be certainly remembered.

Kazan is a unique city, a meeting place of Europe and Asia. Maybe, that’s why a special friendly atmosphere reigns here. Cobbled streets, monumental buildings, theaters, monasteries, the Volga bank – the capital as if descended from the pages of the guide to the most beautiful cities in the world. And if you have not been to the capital of Tatarstan, go ahead! The city is waiting for you!


Kaliningrad (FIFA 2018)

In contrast to Ekaterinburg – the most western point of the championship. Especially for the construction of the stadium “Kaliningrad” was drained and densified wetlands of soil. The open area will accommodate 35,000 spectators. 16, 22, 25, 28 the measured life of “Russian Europe” will explode with colored flags and “screamers” of the fans.

Football fans can reach Kaliningrad by plane: the airport “Khrabrovo” increases the capacity day by day. Direct trains run from Moscow and St. Petersburg, but this is not the most convenient way of transport. Accommodation is planned in hotels and hostels, as well as camping, which, according to the mayor’s office, will be able to provide temporary shelter for 29,000 fans. Intra-urban transport communication of the city is completely modernized. The fan zone is supposed to be equipped in front of the House of Soviets.

Before the match or after it is worth seeing the city: this is a bizarre mixture of old European, Soviet and modern Russian cultures. The cathedral, the amber museum, the World Ocean Museum, the Curonian Spit national park are just a partial list of places that are desirable to visit.

Nizhniy Novgorod

Nizhniy Novgorod (FIFA 2018)

One of the closest to Moscow host cities is just 400 km away. The same venue for 45,000 spectators will host six FIFA World Cup matches: 18, 21, 24, 27 – group, 1 July – 1/8 finals and July 6 – quarter finals. By the way, there is a stadium in one of the most picturesque places of the city: on Strelka, where the Volga and the Oka merge.

In Nizhny Novgorod, in addition to the train fans, there is a high-speed “Swallow” – only 4 hours of the road. The work on improving the hotel complex is in full swing. While in the most inexpensive hostels you can find double rooms for 1200 per day, however, when calculating the travel budget, this figure should be increased by, at least, 15%.

Since the stadium is located in the heart of the city, it is easy to get to the main attractions: the Kremlin, Chkalovskaya stairs, Christmas Church and Bolshaya Pokrovskaya street. Separate entertainment – a trip along the cable car over the Volga and a trip to the Nizhny Novgorod fair.

Note: On the tourist portal of the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia there is a service with the help of which you can book rooms in the hotels of any of the city-organizers. There is also a guide to places of interest.


Rostov (FIFA 2018)

At the stadium “Rostov Arena” will be held four group matches – 17, 20, 23, 26 June and the match 1/8 of the playoffs – July 2. The capacity of the site is 45 000 spectators. To get to Rostov-on-Don from Moscow it will be possible by train and plane – for the sake of the championship here the international airport “Platov” has been built from scratch, the pride of all the south of Russia. On the streets already there are signs in English. The Voroshilovsky Bridge has been rebuilt, roads and junctions, and the embankment are being modernized. On the assurances of the city authorities, the hotel fund will amount to 8000 rooms by the beginning of the mundial – this excludes hostels and apartments with daily rent.

Among the mast-bow attractions – Liventsovskaya fortress, Paramonovsky warehouses, Kumzhenskaya grove and … “Toilet on Newspaper” – the most famous toilet in the world.

For example, you can look at the Paramonovsky warehouses. They are located right in the center of the city and are a monument of federal significance. Despite the special status, in the post-war years the old warehouse buildings came into complete desolation. Now the buildings are ruins of red brick, inside which several springs are piercing to the surface. It turns out whole lakes and small waterfalls. The spectacle for the metropolis is unusual, so Paramonovsky warehouses have become a popular place for young people and wedding photographers.

Another great place for tourist photography is the Don River embankment. Here people like to relax and residents of the city. On the waterfront, you can book a boat trip or simply stroll along the water, admiring the colorful southern sculptures. Among the most well-known are the “Rostov woman”, “Gregory and Aksinya in the boat”, “Don-father” and many others.

During the Civil War, Rostov-on-Don was one of the centers of the White movement. This continued until the 1st Cavalry Army of Marshal Budennyi occupied the city in 1920. Echoes of those times can be found today. Take, for example, at least a monument to the cart, located at the southern entrance to Rostov-on-Don. Or the mansion of Wrangel, the famous leader of the White Movement. It was built in 1885 but is currently in decline.


Samara (FIFA 2018)

The city is located about 1000 km from Moscow, but you can get here either by train, plane or by car – directly on the M-5 highway. In Samara, it is planned to hold six football meetings: 17, 21, 25, 28 June – group, July 2 – 1/8 finals and July 7 – quarterfinal. Games will be held at the stadium “Samara Arena” (also “Space Arena”) – a two-story open stadium for 45 000 spectators, with a natural lawn.

For the convenience of sports tourists, it is planned to launch a tram line from the railway station to the stadium, as well as build a new river dock on the embankment near the “Samara Arena” and update the fleet of ships. International airport “Kurumoch” increased the capacity to 40 million passengers a year. Accommodation of tourists is planned both in hotels – according to the city authorities, the fund makes more than 18 000 numbers, and in more modest conditions: up to the converted railway cars.

In Samara, it is necessary to ride along the coast on a pleasure boat: so you can appreciate the beauty of the Volga, and the sights of the city. Fans of technology like the museum “Samara Space”, lovers of history – “Stalin’s Bunker.”


Saransk (FIFA 2018)

The smallest of the host cities is included in the Volga cluster. At the stadium “Mordovia Arena”, there will be four qualifying matches: 16, 19, 25, 28 June. For the period of the games, the capacity of the stadium will reach 45,000 spectators, and then it will be reduced to 30,000. The stadium is just 2.5 km from the railway station. For transportation of fans from the airport, it is planned to launch special buses-transfers. Since the construction of large hotels would be unprofitable – after all, this is not the most visited city, an agreement was concluded with the company Snoozebox on the delivery of mobile hotels to the city during the World Cup. Each demountable hotel can have up to 2000 rooms. The maximum price set by the organizing committee for the cheapest rooms is 2610 rubles.

In Saransk, a large park is planned to be set up for the championship, but apart from it, there is a lot to go: the original museum of the fine arts named after S.D. Erzy, Sobornaya square, memorial museum of military and labor feats, historical and ethnographic complex “Mordvovskoe podvorye”.


Sochi (FIFA 2018)

The pride of the whole Russia – a unique mountain-and-sea resort has become accustomed to receiving major international competitions. Of course, it was included in the program of the 2018 World Cup. The beautiful modern stadium “Fisht” is familiar to everyone else on the Olympic Games. He will take four group matches on 15, 18, 23, 26 June, 1/8 finals on June 30 and 1/4 playoffs on July 7. Also in Sochi will open a training base and a hotel complex “Parus” for participating teams. For the fans will also be created the most comfortable conditions – the modernization of hotels and boarding houses continues. Well, Russian tourists are not accustomed to rent houses of local residents. However, it is worthwhile to be prepared, that already high in the season prices will soar.

With transport in Sochi there are no problems: you can go by train or by car, fly by plane. The mayor’s office promised to solve the problems with traffic jams and urban transport.

It will not be surprising if the fans who come to the match try to stay at the resort for at least a few more days: the Black Sea attracts no less than the mountain peaks, waterfalls, and caves. The city itself can be viewed from the Ferris wheel, or you can walk along the streets of the city, visiting the Sochi National Park, the Olympic Park, the arboretum. Mast-si – Mount Ahun and the Riviera Park.

Sochi is a Russian city on the Black Sea, a popular beach resort. In 2014, the Winter Olympic Games were held here. One of the main attractions of the city is the arboretum known for its palm trees. Also, the city is famous for the neoclassical buildings of the XX century, such as the Winter Theater with a colonnade. At the foot of the Caucasus Mountains is a national park – a forest area of 1937 square kilometers. In 70 kilometers from the sea the famous ski resort Krasnaya Polyana is located.




“Luzhniki” was the most capacious stadium of the USSR and Russia, and after reconstruction again became the main and largest stadium of the country.

All places of the Grand Sports Arena stadium closed erected in 1997, the peak width of 63.5 meters and a weight of 15,000 tons, which hold 72 steel towers 26 meters high each. Since August 2008, the stadium had a football field with an artificial cover of the fifth generation. There were running tracks around it. At the stadium – four connected stands. Tribune A – main, B and D – side, usually B – fan, and D – guest. One color board is installed on them. On the platform “A” there are VIP-sectors and a VIP-box.

In 1996-1997 the capital reconstruction of the stadium was carried out. A stationary roof was built, the stands were repaired, their covering was installed and 80 650 seats were installed, the covering of the running field and the zone behind the football field was replaced, and screens were installed. To the World Cup in 2018, the stadium was reconstructed, which included a possible replacement of screens, a complete replacement of the running cover for blue, the conversion of part of the tribune C to the usual installation of 81 thousand seats.

In addition to the indoor halls, the stadium has the North and South sports cores, located respectively from the north and south of the Grand Sports Arena. These are additional outdoor sports grounds intended for training teams and competitions in football and mini-football, tennis and track and field athletics, with adjacent single-storey buildings (auxiliary rooms for changing teams).

Spartak (Otkrytie Arena)

“Otkrytie Arena” (non-commercial name – Stadium “Spartak”) – the stadium in Moscow, the home arena of the Moscow football club “Spartak”. The capacity of the stadium is 45 360 people. It is included in the list of facilities that host matches of the Confederations Cup 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The opening match took place on September 5, 2014, when “Spartak” met with the Serbian club “Crvena Zvezda” (1: 1).

The stadium “Spartak” accommodates up to 45,000 spectators. As recognized by contractors, in the process of its construction it was required to ensure a high level of security, up to the device of fire protection of communications. This solution is necessary, as during a fire pipes can burn out, and then in the places of their passage through walls and other partitions the way for spreading the fire will open. So, for example, air ducts of ventilation and air conditioning systems from a thin-walled steel sheet in case of fire development can withstand no more than 15 minutes. To protect engineering systems, Rockwool 100 rock wool cylinders and WIRED MAT 80 material were used. They will allow the pipes to maintain their integrity even when exposed to critically high temperatures.

Samara Arena

“Samara Arena” is the most problematic stadium. In early 2017, Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko called him the only “lagging” stadium, but he expected the construction to return to the schedule in 1.5 months. In October last year, the Minister of Sports Pavel Kolobkov estimated the degree of readiness of the facility in 65%, at the same time the general contractor – the JI “Kazan” – was almost fined for the failure to meet construction deadlines. On April 27, the stadium received permission for commissioning. The next day the arena took the first test match.

The cost of the Samara stadium grew several times: first, it was estimated at 13 billion rubles, then – 16 billion, in 2015 – 17.6 billion. The total cost of construction amounted to 18.9 billion rubles. The stadium in Samara in terms of building area and height is almost like Luzhniki, but its capacity is half that – 45,000 seats against 81,000.

Stadium Saint-Petersburg

The stadium in St. Petersburg was opened in 2017. It hosted the Cup of Confederations, including the opening match and the final. The stadium was built almost 10 years and costs about 43 billion rubles. It is designed for 68,500 spectators.

The stadium in St. Petersburg is the only stadium in Russia with a sliding roof.

Stadium Kaliningrad

At the stadium in Kaliningrad will be four matches of the group stage of the World Cup: Croatia – Nigeria, Serbia – Switzerland, Spain – Morocco and England – Belgium. The arena was built on a wetland site on the Oktyabrsky Island and received permission for commissioning on 23 March.

Construction of the stadium in Kaliningrad cost 17.85 billion rubles: said RBC president of the general contractor – the company Crocus Group – Aras Agalarov. The capacity of the stadium is 35 000 people.

Volgograd Arena

“Volgograd arena” on May 9 took the final match of the Cup of Russia. The capacity of the stadium is 45 000 people.

The Arena in Volgograd is built on the site of an old stadium belonging to the football club Rotor. The cost of construction – 16.367 billion rubles.

Ekaterinburg Arena

The official opening of the stadium “Ekaterinburg Arena” was held on April 15. The stadium was built in 1953, after which it was repeatedly restored. The last time the arena was reconstructed for the 2018 World Cup. The historical façade of the stadium was left intact, as it is an object of architectural heritage.

The capacity of the arena in Ekaterinburg is 35,000 people. The cost of reconstruction amounted to 12.7 billion rubles.

Stadium Nizhniy Novgorod

At the stadium in Nizhny Novgorod will be four matches of the group stage of World Cup 2018 and one match of 1/8 and 1/4 finals. The capacity of the arena is 45 000. The stadium was officially opened on 6 May before the third test match.

The arena in Nizhny Novgorod was built on budgetary funds by the general contractor of Stroytransgaz Gennady Timchenko. The cost of the project is 17.018 billion rubles.

Mordoviya Arena

At the stadium “Mordovia arena” will be held four matches of the group stage of the 2018 World Cup. The capacity of the arena is more than 45 000 people. Construction of the stadium began in 2010 and cost the budget 15.8 billion rubles.

The first test match in the arena in Saransk was on April 21, the second – on May 4.

Rostov Arena

The stadium in Rostov-on-Don was put into operation for the World Cup on March 17. The arena is designed for 45,000 spectators.

About the World Cup 2018 in Rostov-on-Don will play teams of Brazil and Switzerland, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia, South Korea and Mexico, Iceland and Croatia.

Kazan Arena

The stadium in Kazan was built in preparation for the Universiade in 2013 – the opening and closing ceremonies of the Universiade were held in the arena. After that, a football field was established at the stadium. In 2017 Kazan Arena hosted the Cup of Confederations.

The capacity of the stadium is 45,000 people; the construction cost more than 14 billion rubles.

Stadium Fisht

The stadium was named after the mountain peak of the same name in the western part of the Main Caucasian Range (in the translation from the Adyghe language the word “fish” means “white head”). Originally, it was planned that the appearance of the stadium would resemble the Easter egg Faberge. As a result, a project was approved that uses images of both the shell and the snow top. The stadium has four stands: two lateral, covered with a translucent polycarbonate, and two end, open.

The location of the stadium and the height of the podium tribune were supposed to provide viewers with a beautiful view of the Greater Caucasus Mountains, but the project was changed and a temporary roof was built. The stadium is designed for 40,000 spectators for the Olympics, 45,000 spectators for international football matches and 25,000 spectators for less important shows. “Olympic Stadium” entered the list of stadiums that host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The stadium is located on the site of the former Marlinsky settlement in the Imereti lowland, where, in particular, the Old Believers also lived. Near the village, there is an active ancient cemetery of Old Believers with an area of about 1 hectare, which had not been applied to the city plans of the territory. While building the stadium, the cemetery was preserved, and now it is located in the middle of the Olympic Park in Sochi, but hidden by an opaque plastic fence, densely planted with evergreen thuja.



  • How it was selected: Host country
  • When it was selected: December 2, 2010
  • Participation in the final tournament: 11th time (including the USSR)


  • How it was selected: I guaranteed my place in the first four of the South American qualifying group
  • When it was selected: March 28, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 21 times


  • How it was selected: Winner of the Asian qualifying group A
  • When it was selected: June 12, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 5 times


  • How it was selected: Winner of the Asian qualifying group B
  • When it was selected: August 31, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 6 times


  • How it was selected: I guaranteed my place in the first three of the North American qualifying group
  • When it was selected: September 1, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 16 times


  • How it was selected: 1st place in European qualifying group H
  • When it was selected: September 3, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 13 times


  • How it was selected: 2nd place in the Asian qualifying group A
  • When it was selected: September 5, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 10 times

Saudi Arabia

  • How it was selected: 2nd place in the Asian qualifying group B
  • When it was selected: September 5, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 5 times


  • How it was selected: 1st place in the European qualifying group C
  • When it was selected: October 5, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 19 times


  • How it was selected: 1st place in the European qualifying group F
  • When it was selected: October 5, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 15 times


  • How it was selected: 1st place in the European qualifying group G
  • When it was selected: October 6, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 15 times


  • How it was selected: 1st place in the European qualifying group B
  • When it was selected: October 7, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 6 times

Costa Rica

  • How it was selected: 2nd place in the European qualifying group B
  • When it was selected: October 8, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 5 times


  • How it was selected: 1st place in European qualifying group E
  • When it was selected: October 8, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 8 times


  • How it was selected: 1st place in European qualifying group E
  • When it was selected: October 8, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 2 times


  • How it was selected: 1 st place in the European qualifying group I
  • When it was selected: October 9, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: First time


  • How it was selected: 1st place in the European qualifying group D
  • When it was selected: October 9, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 12 times


  • How it was selected: 1st place in the European qualifying group B
  • When it was selected: October 10, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 6 times


  • How it was selected: 1st place in the European qualifying group A
  • When it was selected: October 10, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 14 times


  • How it was selected: Second place in the qualifying tournament of the countries of South America
  • When it was selected: October 11, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 12 times


  • How it was selected: The third place in the qualifying tournament of the countries of South America
  • When it was selected: October 11, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 15 times


  • Participation in the final tournament: 6 times
  • When it was selected: October 11, 2017
  • How it was selected: The fourth place in the qualifying tournament of the countries of South America


  • How it was selected: Third place in the North American qualifying group
  • When it was selected: October 11, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: the first time


  • How it was selected: First place in the qualifying tournament of the countries of Africa
  • When it was selected: November 10, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 2 times


  • How it was selected: First place in group C of the African qualifying tournament
  • When it was selected: November 11, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 5 times


  • How it was selected: First place in Group A of the African qualifying tournament
  • When it was selected: November 11, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 5 times


  • How it was selected: Defeated Northern Ireland in the European play-offs
  • When it was selected: November 12, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 11 times


  • How it was selected: Greece won in the European play-offs
  • When it was selected: November 12, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 5 times


  • How it was selected: Italy won in the European play-offs
  • When it was selected: November 13, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 12 times


  • How it turned out: I won Ireland in the European play-offs
  • When it was selected: November 14, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 4 times


  • How it was selected: Honduras won in the intercontinental play-offs
  • When it was selected: November 15, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 4 times


  • How it was selected: New Zealand won in the intercontinental play-offs
  • When it was selected: November 16, 2017
  • Participation in the final tournament: 4 times


June 14, Thursday

18:00. Group A. Russia – Saudi Arabia. Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

June 15, Friday

15:00. Group A. Egypt – Uruguay. Stadium “Yekaterinburg Arena”

18:00. Group B. Morocco – Iran. Stadium “St. Petersburg”

21:00. Group B. Portugal – Spain. Stadium “Fisht”, Sochi

16 June, Saturday

13:00. Group C. France – Australia. Stadium “Kazan Arena”

16:00. Group D. Argentina – Iceland. Spartak Stadium, Moscow

19:00. Group C. Peru – Denmark. Stadium “Mordovia Arena”, Saransk

22:00. Group D. Croatia – Nigeria. The stadium “Kaliningrad”

June 17, Sunday

15:00. Group E. Costa Rica – Serbia. Stadium “Samara Arena”

18:00. Group F. Germany – Mexico. Stadium “Luzhniki”

21:00. Group E. Brazil – Switzerland. Stadium “Rostov Arena”

June 18, Monday

15:00. Group F. Sweden – South Korea. Stadium “Nizhny Novgorod”

18:00. Group G. Belgium – Panama. Stadium “Fisht”

21:00. Group G. Tunisia – England. Stadium “Volgograd Arena”

June 19th, Tuesday

15:00. Group H. Poland – Senegal. Stadium “Spartacus”

18:00. Group H. Colombia – Japan. Stadium “Mordovia Arena”

21:00. Group A. Russia – Egypt. Stadium “St. Petersburg”

June 20, Wednesday

15:00. Group B. Portugal – Morocco. Stadium “Luzhniki”

18:00. Group A. Uruguay – Saudi Arabia. Stadium “Rostov Arena”

21:00. Group B. Iran – Spain. Stadium “Kazan Arena”

June 21, Thursday

15:00. Group C. France – Peru. Stadium “Yekaterinburg Arena”

18:00. Group C. Denmark – Australia. Stadium “Samara Arena”

21:00. Group D. Argentina – Croatia. Stadium “Nizhny Novgorod”

June 22, Friday

15:00. Group E. Brazil – Costa Rica. Stadium “St. Petersburg”

18:00. Group D. Nigeria – Iceland. Stadium “Volgograd Arena”

21:00. Group E. Serbia – Switzerland. Stadium “Kaliningrad”

June 23, Saturday

15:00. Group G. Belgium – Tunisia. Stadium “Spartacus”

18:00. Group F. Germany – Sweden. Stadium “Fisht”

21:00. Group F. South Korea – Mexico. Stadium “Rostov Arena”

June 24, Sunday

15:00. Group G. England – Panama. Stadium “Nizhny Novgorod”

18:00. Group H. Japan – Senegal. Stadium “Yekaterinburg Arena”

21:00. Group H. Poland – Colombia. Stadium “Kazan Arena”

June 25, Monday

17:00. Group A. Saudi Arabia – Egypt. Stadium “Volgograd Arena”

17:00. Group A. Uruguay – Russia. Stadium “Samara Arena”

21:00. Group B. Spain – Morocco. The stadium “Kaliningrad”

21:00. Group B. Iran – Portugal. Stadium “Mordovia Arena”

June 26, Tuesday

17:00. Group C. Denmark – France. Stadium “Luzhniki”

17:00. Group C. Australia – Peru. Stadium “Fisht”

21:00. Group D. Nigeria – Argentina. Stadium “St. Petersburg”

21:00. Group D. Iceland – Croatia. Stadium “Rostov Arena”

June 27, Wednesday

17:00. Group F. Germany – South Korea. Stadium “Kazan Arena”

17:00. Group F. Mexico – Sweden. Stadium “Yekaterinburg Arena”

21:00. Group E. Serbia – Brazil. Stadium “Spartacus”

21:00. Group E. Switzerland – Costa Rica. Stadium “Nizhny Novgorod”

June 28, Thursday

17:00. Group H. Japan – Poland. Stadium “Volgograd Arena”

17:00. Group H. Senegal – Colombia. Stadium “Samara Arena”

21:00. Group G. England – Belgium. Stadium “Kaliningrad Arena”

21:00. Group G. Panama – Tunisia. Stadium “Mordovia Arena”

The Moscow time is indicated.


Where to buy tickets for the 2018 World Cup?

Tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia can be purchased online only on the official website. The rest of the online sources are illegal, including intermediaries, as stated on the FIFA website. During the last stage of sales in the cities of Russia will open official ticket centers FIFA.

UPD: 08.02.2018 Presidential decree for the resale of tickets for the World Cup 2018 imposed fines.

Are there special prices for Russians?

Yes. There is a so-called “category 4” – this is a preferential price for residents of the Russian Federation. The cost of tickets of this category starts from 1280 rubles. In some matches, they will be more expensive. Tickets are sold only for a special sector, their number is limited.

When and how tickets for the World Championship will be sold?

As in the case of tickets for the Confederations Cup held last summer, tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup will be realized in several stages:

  • 1st stage of sales (from September 14 to November 28 – completed!). The first stage of sales consists of two time periods with different conditions for ticket sales.
  • September 14 – October 12. “Ticket sales” starts at 12:00 Moscow time. In fact, during this period will collect applications for the purchase of tickets. In this case, it does not matter what day you submitted it – that is, there is no priority for the former. FIFA has a certain quota for this stage, and if the demand exceeds the offer, the tickets will be played randomly among people with the same applications. The chances of all are equal. The application can be satisfied, partially satisfied or dissatisfied. All applicants will receive an answer (regardless of the outcome) until November 16, 2017.
  • November 16-28. The second stage, where the real sale begins – according to the rules of the live order.

What types of tickets can be purchased during the 1st stage of sales?

Tickets for a specific match (any tournament game).

Package for a specific stadium. You can buy tickets for a group of matches at the selected stadium. There are exceptions, so it’s better to get acquainted with the package system on the official website of FIFA.

Packages for the national team. Suitable if you want to visit all matches of your team. Important: these packages are sold only at the 1st stage of sales. The number of matches (minimum three, maximum – seven) depends on how successful the team will be playing.

The second stage of sales (from December 1, 2017 to April 3, 2018 – completed)

After the official draw of the FIFA 2018 World Cup, which took place on December 1, 2017, the second stage of sales was opened. The rules for the second stage of ticket sales for the 2018 World Cup are similar to the first stage.

5 December – 31 January. During this period, the collection of applications took place then a random draw will pass.

March 13 – April 3. The stage of ticket sales according to the rules of the live turn.

Tickets purchased during the 1st and 2nd stages of sales will be delivered to the owners free of charge within a few weeks before the start of the tournament. The delivery of tickets will begin no earlier than April / May 2018 (changes are possible).

Sales “at the last minute”

The last opportunity to purchase tickets for the matches will appear in the fans during the “last minute” sales segment when tickets will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis.

This stage will begin on April 18 and finish on July 15, 2018, on the day of the final match of the FIFA 2018 World Cup.

Do not be embarrassed that tickets will be sold until the last day of the tournament, inclusive. Some categories of tickets (especially the most expensive) for FIFA probably remain.

In the period of sales “at the last minute” there will also be a live turnaround rule.

Available payment methods

At the 1st and 2nd stages of sales, ticket purchases can be paid in the following ways:

Bank cards Visa

Other payment methods

How much do the 2018 World Cup tickets cost?

The price of the ticket depends on several parameters:

  • Stage of the tournament (the higher – the more expensive);
  • Place in the stadium (the cheapest places are outside the gate, the most expensive ones are in the central sectors and VIP-places);
  • Citizenship (for residents of the Russian Federation there are benefits, but the number of such places is limited).

Are there discounts for children?

Discounts for tickets for children are not provided.

Tickets for a special category of persons?

FIFA allocates special tickets for fans with disabilities, low mobility persons, and fans with excess weight.

When will I get tickets for my hands?

Tickets are delivered to their owners in the period of several weeks before the start of the World Cup. It is reported that deliver tickets will not begin earlier than April / May.

Do I need to register a Passport fan?

Yes, the passport of the fan FAN ID is a prerequisite for the passage to the stadium and the opportunity to take advantage of free travel. Before you make out, you need to receive a confirmation of the purchase of tickets.


Russia will make all the necessary efforts for qualitatively and on time prepare for the World Cup in 2018: “All work is done on schedule and provided with funding,” – said Russian President Vladimir Putin.

On Saturday in Moscow at the official ceremony the start of the World Cup was given. The trophy will visit more than 50 countries, and most of all stops will be made in Russia. For 123 days the cup will overcome 26 thousand kilometers and visit 24 cities of the Russian Federation. President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, head of the International Football Federation (FIFA) Gianni Infantino, as well as world football champions Brazilian Bebeto and Frenchman David Trezeguet took part in the solemn ceremony in Luzhniki Stadium.

According to the president, Russia will undertake “all the necessary efforts to ensure that everything was done on time and with due quality.”

“I very much count on the fact that your specialists who follow this work will continue to accompany (this work), and together we will finish preparing the championship for the expected finish,” Putin added.

The head of FIFA Infantino urged the peoples of the world to visit Russia and watch the matches of the 2018 World Cup.

Putin, who before that, together with Infantino, inspected the reconstructed Luzhniki Stadium and watched the training of young football players, drew the attention of the FIFA head to how Russian “young athletes – future champions” perceive the beginning of preparations for the championship.

“You absolutely accurately said that the Cup has a magical value, a magic quality,” Putin said, referring to Infantino.

“Of course, the stadium” Luzhniki “, which we are now, as well as other arenas, which our specialists are watching, among other things – is a symbol not only of Russia’s professionalism and efficiency, but it is also an expression of her soul and passion “- said, in turn, Infantino.

The head of FIFA noted that at this stadium “incredibly positive energy”.

“And the players who will play here, who will play matches at this stadium, I do not know if they will have any knees trembling, but it’s possible that they will.” They will need to prepare well for this, “he added.

Touching upon the preparation of Russia for the World Cup, Infantino appreciated the results achieved, very positively: “It was very pleasant for me to hear your words today about the preparation process and, indeed, this process is extremely wonderful, and the results that we see not only in four stadiums, which have already been completed, but also in other arenas – there the works also come to an end – these results are remarkable.

“He stressed that he was looking forward to the World Cup in football.” For our part, I am ready to say that we are extremely satisfied with the progress of the work being carried out now, “the head of FIFA said.

The World Championship will take place from June 14 to July 15, 2018. Final tournament will be held at the stadium “Luzhniki”, reconstructed for the upcoming tournament.

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