2018 FIFA World Cup

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2018 FIFA World Cup
Чемпионат мира по футболу 2018

Bid logo
Tournament details
Host country Russia
Dates 8 June – 8 July
Teams 32 (expected) (from 5 or 6 confederations)
Venue(s) 12 (in 11 host cities)
2014
2022
Russian bid personnel celebrate the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, an international association football tournament, that is scheduled to take place in 2018 in Russia.

The finals tournament will involve 32 national teams, including that of the host nation, assuming the current format of the finals is maintained. This will be the first time Russia has hosted the tournament, the first World Cup to have been held in Eastern Europe, and the first to have been held on two continents.[1][2][3]

Host selection[edit]

The bidding procedure to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups began in January 2009, and national associations had until 2 February 2009 to register their interest.[4] Initially, nine countries placed bids for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but Mexico later withdrew from proceedings,[5] and Indonesia's bid was rejected by FIFA in February 2010 after the Indonesian government failed to submit a letter to support the bid.[6] During the bidding process, the three remaining non-UEFA nations (Australia, Japan, and the United States) gradually withdrew from the 2018 bids, and the UEFA nations were thus ruled out of the 2022 bid. As such, there were eventually four bids for the 2018 FIFA World Cup: England, Russia, Netherlands/Belgium, and Spain/Portugal.

The twenty-two-member FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zürich on 2 December 2010 to vote to select the hosts of both tournaments.[7] Russia won the right to be the 2018 host in the second round of voting. The Spain/Portugal bid came second, and that from Belgium/Netherlands third. England's bid to host its second tournament fell at the first hurdle.[8]

The voting patterns were as follows:[9]

2018 FIFA bidding (majority 12 votes)
Bidders Votes
Round 1 Round 2
Russia 9 13
Portugal / Spain 7 7
Belgium / Netherlands 4 2
England 2 Eliminated

Qualification[edit]

The qualification process for the 2018 World Cup has not yet been announced. All FIFA member associations, of which there are 209 as of March 2013, are eligible to enter qualification. Myanmar, having successfully appealed against a ban from the competition for crowd trouble during a 2014 World Cup qualifying tie against Oman, will be obliged to play all their 'home' matches outside the country.[10] Russia, as hosts, qualify automatically for the tournament.

The qualifying draw will take place in Saint Petersburg on 25 July 2015.[11][12]

Qualified teams[edit]

Team Order of
qualification
Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Ranking
at start of event
 Russia 1st Host 2 December 2010 11th 2014 Fourth place (1966)[13]

Proposal for expansion[edit]

In October 2013, UEFA President Michel Platini proposed that the World Cup finals should be expanded from 32 to 40 teams starting from 2018. The format would be the same as now, being groups of five instead of four.[14] This was in response to FIFA President Sepp Blatter's comments that Africa and Asia deserved more spots in the World Cup finals at the expense of European and South American teams.[15] However, FIFA general secretary Jérôme Valcke said that expansion in 2018 is "unlikely", while Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko said that the country is "preparing on the basis that 32 teams will be taking part."[16][17]

Venues[edit]

Host cities[edit]

Russia has proposed the following host cities: Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, and Yekaterinburg.[18] The bid evaluation report stated: "The Russian bid proposes 13 host cities and 16 stadiums, thus exceeding FIFA's minimum requirement. Three of the 16 stadiums would be renovated, and 13 would be newly constructed."

In October 2011 Russia decreased the number of stadiums from 16 to 14. Construction of the proposed Podolsk stadium in the Moscow region was cancelled by the regional government, and Spartak Stadium is competing with Dinamo Stadium which will have been constructed first.[19]

The final decision of host cities was announced on 29 September 2012. The number of cities was further reduced to 11 and number of stadiums to 12 as Krasnodar and Yaroslavl were dropped from the final list.[20]

Moscow Moscow Saint Petersburg Kaliningrad
Luzhniki Stadium Otkrytie Arena Zenit Arena Arena Baltika
Capacity: 81,000
(upgraded)
Capacity: 46,990
(new stadium)
Capacity: 69,501
(new stadium)
Capacity: 45,015
(new stadium)
Moscow (3).jpg Moskva spartak stadion.jpg New football stadium construction site in SPB 01.jpg
Kazan Nizhny Novgorod
Kazan Arena Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Capacity: 45,105[21]
(new stadium)
Capacity: 44,899
(new stadium)
Closing of 2013 Summer Universiade 79.jpg Novgorod stadium.jpg
Samara Volgograd
Samara Stadium
(new stadium)
Central Stadium
(rebuilt or replaced)
Capacity: 44,918 Capacity: 45,015
Central Stadium (Volgograd).jpg
Saransk Rostov-on-Don Sochi Yekaterinburg
Yubileyniy Stadium
(new stadium)
Levberdon Arena
(new stadium)
Fisht Olympic Stadium
(new stadium)
Central Stadium
(upgraded)
Capacity: 45,015 Capacity: 43,702 Capacity: 47,659 Capacity: 44,130
2014 Winter Olympics opening ceremony (2014-02-07) 02.jpeg CentralStadium.jpg

Controversy[edit]

The director of the Moscow Bureau for Human Rights, Alexander Brod, stated that surveys show xenophobia and other racist expressions are prevalent in 50 percent of Russians.[22] In 2006, Amnesty International reported that racism in Russia was “out of control” and estimated the number of Russian neo-Nazis at around 85,000 in 2008.[23][24]

After it was announced that Russia will host 2018 FIFA World Cup, Dr Rafał Pankowski, a head of UEFA FARE Monitoring Centre, accused the Russian Football Union of downplaying racist chants in stadiums.[25] In October 2013, Manchester City player Yaya Toure stated that black players might boycott the 2018 World Cup in Russia unless the country tackles racism in football.[26]

Broadcasting rights[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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