The host country for FIFA World Cup 2018 is Russia. The football association in Russia was established in 1912 and the present president of the association is Mr. Vitaly Mutko. Russia has made a total of 10 appearances in FIFA World Cup and has managed to appear one semifinal. The official FIFA ranking of Russia is 65.Russia was qualified for the first time in FIFA World Cup when FIFA World Cup was hosted by Sweden in 1958.The country was also disqualified for the FIFA World Cup 1974 hosted by Germany. Russia did not manage to qualify for FIFA World Cup in 1978, 1998, 2006, and 2010. For FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia has qualified being a host.
Stadiums for FIFA World Cup 2018
Among all the 16 venue/Stadiums of the country some of the stadiums were dropped and finally, 12 stadiums are selected for FIFA World Cup 2018 these 12 stadiums are in 11 different cities. The capital city Moscow has 2 stadiums for FIFA World Cup 2018. Luzhniki Stadium has the highest capacity among all the Stadiums that are going to be used for FIFA World Cup 2018. Among 12 stadiums 5 of them are newly built for FIFA World Cup 2018.and the final of FIFA World Cup will be kicked off at Luzhniki Stadium.
Luzhniki Stadium with 81,000 capacities
The ticket sells for FIFA World Cup 2018 has been already started from 14 September 2017 and have already closed after 12 October 2017 and the general policy of visa are excluded by Russia for World cups fans throughout the world.
The champions of FIFA World Cup 2018 will be awarded the prize money of 38 millions of American dollars and 28 million dollars for the runner-ups.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Group A
The Fixtures for Russia in Group Stage are:
- Russia – Saudi Arabia (Thursday, 14 June)
- Russia – Egypt (Wednesday, 20 June)
- Uruguay – Russia (Monday, 25 June)
Players to watch:
Vasili Berezutski Igor Akinfeev A. Kokorin
Coach: STANISLAV CHERCHESOV