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Updated on: Jul 20, 2014

World Cup 2018

With the closure of most anticipated game all over the world, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, the preparation for 2018 FIFA World Cup has already begun. The 2018 FIFA World Cup shall be the 21st FIFA World Cup that is being hosted in Russia. This will be the first time that the FIFA World Cup is being organized in the Eastern Europe. The tournament will involve 32 national teams including the host nations and all the current tournament formats will be followed. The UEFA President Michel Platini had proposed the expansion of teams from 32 to 40 making groups of 5 instead of 4 in the year 2013. However, the expansion is unlikely to happen in this world cup as the Host nation is preparing on the basis of 32 teams.

The host for 2018 FIFA World Cup was selected on the basis of bidding and voting procedures. The right to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup was won by Russia in the 22 member FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zurich on 2 December 2010. As per the opportunity to host such an honorable sport in the nation, Russia has been actively working on hosting the FIFA World Cup. It has proposed 11 cities as host cities having the stadiums numbered to 12. The cities are namely, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Volgograd, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Yekaterinburg. Two of the stadiums here will be upgraded and the remaining other shall be newly built. The stadiums Luzhniki will have the capacity of 81,000 audiences, Otkrytie Arena 42000, Zenit Arena 69,501, Arena Baltika 45,015, Kazan Arena 45,105, Strelka Stadium 44,899, Samara Stadium 44,918, Central Stadium 45,015, Yubileyniy Stadium 45,015, Levberdon Arena 43,702, Fisht Olympic Stadium 47,659 and Central Stadium 44,130 respectively on the above mentioned cities.

After the end of 2014 FIFA World Cup Finals in the Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian President Dillma Rousseff, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Blatter came together for the 2014/2018 FIFA World Cup hand-over ceremony. Blatter handed over the official host certificate to the Russian President.

Even though, Russia could not make a remarkable position in the 2014, Russia is working to deliver the remarkable host appreciation so far. Russia has to have 10 out of 12 stadiums to be newly made and remaining two to renovate. There will be the sight of much of construction works happening in the host cities. It is said that Russia will be the most expensive country in terms of ticket fares. It is also said that due to presumed corruption and bad planning, the price might be as double as the ticket price that had been in Brazil. Besides the ticket rates, it is also a huge challenge in Russia to combat the racism in football.  Local Organizing Committee Chair Alexey Sorokin has said, Russia wants to do their very best to match with the environment of 2014 FIFA World Cup at Brazil which was rated 9.25 out of 10 but to supersede it. He again added, The Organizing Committee shall do its best to ensure a trouble free competition.

Sorokin has said two of the stadiums have been ready with the other two being finished by early of 2016 and other 8 in the year 2017. The host cities have already unveiled their posters at the time of the announcement which is the first time in FIFA history. This proves, the country is very excited and feeling proud on hosting this prestigious event for the first time and therefore, the joy must be obvious.