The World Cup Finals will be played in Europe for
an eleventh time, with Russia beating off last-minute, high-level bid campaigning from
England for the chance to host the prestigious football tournament.
Russia kicks off the 2018 World Cup Finals
tournament on Thursday, 14th June.
The 2018 World Cup Final will be played in Moscow's
Luzhniki Stadium, on 15th July.
With just two days to go before FIFA executives were due to vote
on who would host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments, Britain's Prime Minister David
in to Zurich to (unsuccessfully) add some political muscle to the England 2018 World
Everyone thought that the major stumbling block was FIFA
Vice-President and CONCACAF President, Jack Warner.
This opened up the whole bribing scandal; with a BBC Panorama
documentary and numerous investigative journalist reports to follow.
FIFA have their own way of dealing with internal matters so doors are
closed and windows opened for (as cynics would say) the accused to jump out of before they
Russia 2018 Host Cities
The 2018 World Cup Finals schedule consists of
twelve stadiums in eleven cities around Russia, from Ekaterinburg in the
east to Kaliningrad in the west.
Ekaterinburg - Ekaterinburg Arena
Kaliningrad - Kaliningrad Stadium
Kazan - Kazan Arena
Moscow - Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow - Spartak Stadium
Nizhny Novgorod - Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
Rostov-on-Don - Rostov Arena
Saint Petersburg - Saint Petersburg Stadium
Samara - Samara Arena
Saransk - Mordovia Arena
Sochi - Fisht Stadium
Volgograd - Volgograd Arena
The draw for the group stages of the 2018 World
Cup Finals will take place on Friday, 1st December at the State Kremlin Palace, inside the Moscow
The opening game of the tournament will be played at
18.00 Moscow time
(4pm GMT) on Thursday, 14th June.
Group stage matches will be played at 15.00, 18.00
and 21.00 Moscow time, or 1pm , 4pm and 7pm in England.
The 2018 World Cup Final will also be played at
18.00 Moscow time.
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