On December 2, 2010 Russia was the country chosen by the vote of the Executive Committee to host the FIFA World Cup in 2018. The voting results were announced at a ceremony held at FIFA headquarters in Zurich. Thus Russia will become the first Eastern European country to organize the major world soccer event (Mundial). Besides Russia five countries (England, Spain / Portugal and Belgium / Holland) aspired to receive the World Cup, but Russia since the beginning was a favorite in that bid.
The head of the Russian government Vladimir Putin at his press conference in Zurich warmly thanked the Executive Committee of FIFA for that decision stating that "millions of people in Russia feel very enthusiastic". Hosting of the 2018 World Cup, according to Putin, not only will spur the development of sport in Russia but also will help to break down the political stereotypes that still remain from the Cold War times. Putin promised that all foreign participants and fans will have a visa-free entry and free movement between cities in Russia during the World Cup, and that the Government will ensure the necessary security measures during the football event, the largest in the history of Russia.
This decision has mobilized the entire country and has given a new momentum of development. Now Russia is starting big work to execute the construction of all stadiums that have been submitted to the bid, to build new hotels, improve the roads and airports. According to preliminary estimates, the 2018 World Cup will cost the Russian state 10 billion dollars. Russian Prime Minister also addressed at his press conference the billionaire Roman Abramovich (owner of Chelsea FC and true football fan) calling him “to open his wallet and invest into the event - that will not make him poor”. Putin announced that the private Russian oil company Lukoil and state owned VTB Bank will finance the construction of two new world-class stadiums in Moscow out of totally 16 new sport facilities with capacity of around 40-45 thousand spectators that Russia is committed to build in various cities for the World Cup.
Russian cities that are considered as candidates to host the World Cup 2018 are: Moscow, St. Petersburg, the region around Moscow, Kazan, Sochi, Samara, Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov, Krasnodar, Saransk, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg and Kaliningrad. The decision on 8 define cities-hosts will be taken by FIFA in 2012.
These cities are grouped into clusters:
* Central Cluster: Moscow and its surroundings
* Northern Cluster: Kaliningrad, St. Petersburg
* Cluster of Volga: Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Yaroslavl
* Southern Cluster: Krasnodar, Rostov, Sochi
On this website we are going to present latest news related to this important event and cities that will host it. We hope that Russia will be an excellent host and all participants and spectators of the football party to enjoy the famous Russian hospitality.
We present you a nice promotional video from Russia.
We hope to see you in Russia in 2018. It is time to expand the boundaries of soccer!
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Official Website of Russia as Host Country for the World Cup 2018
Models of Russian stadiums for World Cup 2018