World Cup 2018

World Cup 2018

The World Cup in Russia in 2018 will be the first time the tournament has been held in the country and the 21st World Cup since the first in Uruguay in 1930.

The tournament will run from 14 June to 15 July, 2018 with the opening match featuring the hosts to be played in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow with the final scheduled for the same stadium.

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The 2018 World Cup faces some problems in terms of travel infrastructure and security for fans but promises to be something different. Russia will, however, have to address its problems of football hooliganism and racism for the tournament to be a total success.

Moscow and St. Petersburg will be the main attractions for traveling football fans with other venues in Sochi, Yekaterinburg. Kaliningrad, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Saransk, Samara and Volgograd.

In September 2012 Luzhniki Stadium and Spartak Stadium (Otkrytiye Arena) in Moscow where chosen as venues along with the Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi, the Krestovsky Stadium (Saint Petersburg Stadium) in Saint Petersburg, the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, the Kazan Arena in Kazan, the Cosmos Arena (Samara Arena) in Samara, the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don and the Central Stadium (Yekaterinburg Arena) in Yekaterinburg.

Look forward to all the action from the qualifying rounds, full results and team profiles on the competing nations, player profiles and World Cup stats.

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St Basil's, Red Square, Moscow.
St Basil's, Red Square, Moscow

Map of Russia World Cup Venues 2018

Map of Russia for World Cup 2018
Russian World Cup 2018 venues

World Cup 2018 Russia

European Qualifying Draw & Groups

See the full list of European Qualifying Groups for World Cup 2018 Russia.

South American Qualifying

World Cup 2018 Russia South American Qualifying Group


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Official Mascot

Zabivaka, a friendly Russian wolf, is the official mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Official Emblem

The 2018 FIFA World Cup emblem mirrors the actual World Cup trophy, as did its predecessor in 2014.

World Cup 2018 Beckons

How ready is Putin's Russia to host the 2018 World Cup?

Previous World Cups

World Cup Korea/Japan 2002 - relive all the best from a great tournament.
World Cup Germany 2006 - all the action from one of the best World Cups ever.
World Cup South Africa 2010 - the first ever World Cup tournament in Africa.
World Cup Brazil 2014 - World Cup finals return to South America.