2018 FIFA World Cup

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January 21, 2022

The 2018 FIFA World Cup (official name: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia ™) is the 21st FIFA World Cup, which was held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018. 32 national teams from 5 confederations participated in the championship. The finals were held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The World Cup was held for the first time in the largest country in the world, but also for the first time in an Eastern European country, in a predominantly Orthodox country and in the Slavic-speaking area. France won the world title for the second time, defeating Croatia in the final. Belgium achieved the greatest success in history, winning third place after the victory against England.

Host selection

The selection of the hosts began in January 2009, and the national federations had until February 2, 2009 to submit their interests. A total of 9 countries submitted requests for households, but Mexico later withdrew its request, and Indonesia's offer was rejected by FIFA in February 2010. Later, Australia, Japan and the United States also withdrew their bids. So there are only four offers left in the table. A committee of 22 members was convened in Zurich on December 2, 2010 to vote for the host.

Qualifications

National teams that qualified

A total of 32 countries participated in the 2018 World Cup, namely:

Draw

The draw was held on December 1, 2017 at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow. The layout of the hat was as follows:

Stadiums

Russia has proposed the following host cities: Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, St. Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Yaroslavl and Yekaterinburg. All the host cities are in European Russia in order to reduce the travel time in such a great Russia. Russia's offer proposes that the championship be held in 13 cities at 16 stadiums, which meets Fifa's minimum requirements. Three of the sixteen stadiums would be renovated, while the other thirteen were newly built. In October 2013, Russia reduced the number of stadiums from 16 to 14. The construction of the proposed stadium in Podolsk in the Moscow region has been canceled by the provincial government, while the Open Arena is competing with the Dinamo stadium, which will be the first to be built and will be the host.

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