What cities of Russia will host the world Cup 2018

What cities of Russia will host the world Cup 2018

Football – the most popular and massive game sport in the world, the interest of fans to which sometimes simply staggering. According to statistics, almost 3 billion inhabitants of the planet are involved in football to some extent, and the mundial (from the Copa Mundial de Fútbol – World Cup) has long been a major sporting event of the fourth century. The world championship of the year for the first time in history is entrusted to Russia. About which cities will host the World Cup 2018 and how ready are the stadiums, read on.

List of cities

Initially, the list of cities that will host the matches of the football tournament, presumed 13 host cities. Subsequently, their number decreased to 11 – Krasnodar and Yaroslavl were excluded from the list of cities hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

In the final version of the right to host the World Cup received the following cities in Russia:

  • Moscow
  • St. Petersburg
  • Kazan
  • Ekaterinburg
  • Samara
  • Saransk
  • Sochi
  • Rostov-na-Donu
  • Kaliningrad
  • Nizhny Novgorod
  • Volgograd

The issue of preparing stadiums for the World Cup was difficult and financially expensive, since most of the Russian arenas by the beginning of the XXI century were morally outdated and did not meet the requirements of FIFA.

In the end, it was decided to build nine new stadiums in Russia and reconstruct three old ones. It is worth noting that All these stadiums after the completion of the work will fully meet all the necessary criteria. Here they are:

  • “Luzhniki” (Moscow) by 81 thousand – reconstruction completed
  •  “Spartak Stadium” (Moscow) for 45 thousand – construction completed in 2014
  • “St. Petersburg Arena” for 67 thousand – construction completed in 2017
  • “Kazan Arena” for 45 thousand – construction completed in 2013
  • “Ekaterinburg Arena” for 35 thousand – construction completed in 2018
  • “Samara Arena” for 45 thousand – construction completed
  • “Mordovia Arena” (the city of Saransk) for 45 thousand – construction completed
  • “Fisht” (Sochi city) by 44 thousand – reconstruction completed in 2017
  • “Rostov Arena” for 45 thousand – construction completed
  • “Arena Baltika” (Kaliningrad) by 35 thousand – construction completed
  • “Stadium Nizhny Novgorod” for 45 thousand – construction completed
  • “Volgograd Arena” for 45 thousand – the construction is completed.

The process of reconstruction of stadiums for the World Cup and the progress of construction causes increased interest from experts and ordinary fans. Therefore, we bring to your attention a brief overview of the readiness of each city and stadium, where the World Cup will be held in 2018.



The capital of Russia received the unofficial status of the main city of the World Cup. The championship of the city on this issue among other Russian cities is beyond doubt.

Moscow is a city where on June 14, 2018, the ceremony and match of the opening of the World Cup in 2018 with the participation of the Russian national team will be held. There will also be a semifinal and final.

A total of 12 championship games will be held in two sports arenas of Moscow – in the reconstructed Luzhniki stadium and built by Spartak (better known to the general public as the Opening Arena).

On the stadiums of the city will be held matches teams of all groups of the preliminary stage of the tournament, in connection with which, Moscow expects a large influx of fans from across the world.

Stadium “Spartak” is ready in full – since 2014 here holds its home matches the same club.

Reconstruction of Luzhniki is completed. After the reconstruction, the stadium “Luzhniki” became one of the best in the world.

Stadiums are really made for fans.

World Cup schedule

In Moscow there will be 12 matches of the Championship, more than in other cities.
Date, time Stadium Match

 Group stage:

  • 14 June, 18:00 Luzhniki Russia – Saudi Arabia
  • 16 June, 16:00 Luzniki Argentina – Iceland
  • 17 June, 18:00 Luzhniki Germany – Mexico
  • 19 June, 18:00 Luzniki Poland – Senegal
  • 20 June, 15:00 Luzniki Portugal Morocco
  • 23 June, 15:00 Spartak Belgium – Tunisia
  • 26 June, 17:00 Luzniki Denmark – France
  • 27 June, 21:00 Spartak Serbia – Brazil


  • 1 July, 17:00 Luzhniki
  • 3 July, 21:00 Spartacus


  • 11 July, 21:00 Luzhniki

The final

  • July 15, 18:00 Luzhniki



In the historical place, at the foot of Mamayev Kurgan, a stadium for 45 thousand spectators was built.

Construction of the stadium has already been completed. April 21 was the first match here.

Schedule of matches

In Volgograd will be held only group matches World Cup 2018:

  • 18 June, 21:00 Tunisia – England
  • 22 June, 18:00 Nigeria – Iceland
  • 25 June, 17:00 Saudi Arabia – Egypt
  • 28 June, 17:00 Japan – Poland



After the announcement of Ekaterinburg, as the city of the matches of the World Cup on football, the most heated disputes broke out. The fact is that, according to many experts, the construction of a new stadium in the capital of the Urals would have cost the authorities cheaper than the restructuring of the old stadium “Central”. However, the decision was made yet in favor of reconstruction.

Now the stadium is put into operation. April 15, the opening ceremony was held, games are already being held.

Schedule of matches

In Yekaterinburg will be held only four matches of the group stage of World Cup 2018.

  • 15 June, 17:00 Egypt – Uruguay
  • 21 June, 20:00 France – Peru
  • 24 June, 20:00 Japan – Senegal
  • June 27, 19:00 Mexico – Sweden



City championship in terms of delivery of the object belongs to the capital of Tatarstan. Kazan, where 6 matches will take place at the World Cup before others, in 2013, put into operation a football stadium for 45 thousand spectators.

The readiness of the arena for the competitions is certain, which was once again confirmed during the four matches of the Confederations Cup of 2017, held at the highest level of the organization.

Schedule of matches

Group stage

  • 16 June, 13:00 France – Australia
  • 20 June, 21:00 Iran – Spain
  • 24 June, 21:00 Poland – Colombia
  • 27 June, 17:00 Korea – Germany


  • 30 June, 17:00


  • 6 July, 9pm



The stadium is built by analogy with the famous Munich “Alliance Arena”. The capacity was reduced from initially planned 45 thousand to 35 thousand spectators. Construction was accompanied by a number of scandals related to the work of contractors.

The stadium is being built on the October Island, which had not been used for construction for a long time. The stadium is fully built, the first match was held on April 12, 2018.

Schedule of matches

The following matches of the group stage will be held in Kaliningrad:

  • 16 June, 21:00 Croatia – Nigeria
  • 22 June, 20:00 Serbia to Switzerland
  • 25 June, 20:00 Spain – Morocco
  • 28 June, 20:00 England – Belgium


Nizhny Novgorod

In a picturesque place, near the confluence of the Oka River in the Volga, the construction of a stadium for 45 thousand in Nizhny Novgorod is being completed. Previously, this place was a wasteland. In parallel with the construction of the stadium, the necessary infrastructure is being prepared.

Construction work is in the final stages. The opening of the stadium and the first match took place on April 15, 2018.

Schedule of matches

Group stage

  • 18 June, 15:00 Sweden – Rep. Korea
  • 21 June, 21:00 Argentina – Croatia
  • June 24, 15:00 England – Panama
  • June 27, 21:00 Switzerland – Costa Rica


  • 1 July, 9pm


  • 6th July, 5pm



By the 2018 World Cup in Rostov, a state-of-the-art stadium with 25,000 seats is being built. The stadium is located on the left bank of the Don near the rowing channel.

The stadium’s readiness for today is 100%. April 15 was the first match. The official opening will take place on May 13.

Schedule of matches

Group stage

  • 17 June, 21:00 Brazil – Switzerland
  • 20 June, 18:00 Uruguay – Saudi Arabia
  • 23 June, 18:00 Resp. Korea-Mexico
  • 26 June, 21:00 Iceland – Croatia


  • 2 July, 9pm



But the construction of the stadium in Samara for the World Cup does not fit into the originally scheduled time – December 2017. Terms of commissioning the arena have already been postponed to 2018.

The constructed Samara stadium for World Cup 2018 is located in the highest point of Samara – near the village of Radio Center. Outwardly it looks like a spaceship and is designed for 45 thousand seats.

“Samara Arena” became the most recent stadium prepared for the tournament. Permission for commissioning was received on April 27, and the first test match was held the next day, April 28.

Schedule of matches

Group stage

  • 17 June, 16:00 Costa Rica – Serbia
  • 21 June, 16:00 Denmark – Australia
  • June 25, 18:00 Uruguay – Russia
  • June 28, 18:00 Senegal – Colombia


  • 2 July, 18:00


  • July 7, 18:00


St. Petersburg

Especially for the championship of the world in 2018 in the cultural capital of Russia on the site of the old stadium named after SM. Kirov built a state-of-the-art sports complex for 68 thousand spectators. Now their matches are held by the football club Zenit. The arena is ready completely.

In total, 7 matches of the football championship of 2018 will take place in St. Petersburg, including the match of the Russian national team at the group stage – June 19.

Schedule of matches

Group stage

  • 15 June, 18:00 Morocco – Iran
  • 19 June, 21:00 Russia – Egypt
  • June 22, 15:00 Brazil – Costa Rica
  • 26 June, 21:00 Nigeria – Argentina


  • 3 July, 5 pm


  • 10 July, 21:00

For the 3 rd place

  • 14 July, 17:00



When announcing which cities will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches in Russia, for many it was a great surprise that this right was granted to Saransk.

Indeed, the capital of Mordovia with a population of just over 300 thousand people was not originally a favorite in the fight for hosting mundialya matches. Nevertheless, unlike many Russian megacities, Saransk managed to get the status of the participant city of the World Cup 2018 in football.

At present, the arena is 100% ready. The first match will be held on April 21, 2018.

Schedule of matches

In Saransk will be only four games of the group stage of World Cup 2018.

  • 16 June, 19:00 Peru – Denmark
  • 19 June, 15:00 Colombia – Japan
  • 25 June, 21:00 Iran – Portugal
  • 28 June, 21:00 Panama – Tunisia



Sochi has long acquired the status of a city where there is everything to hold the largest international competitions.

The construction of the “Fisht” arena was initially carried out not to the World Cup 2018, but to the XXII Winter Olympic Games. This arena, with a capacity of 44 thousand spectators is known throughout the world – it was here that the most spectacular, in the opinion of many, the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics took place.

After the Olympiad “Fisht” was reconstructed and reopened on March 10, 2017. In June 2017, the stadium hosted the Cup of the Confederation and once again confirmed its readiness to host the highest level of competition.

Schedule of matches

Group stage

  • 15 June, 21:00 Portugal to Spain
  • 18 June, 18:00 Belgium – Panama
  • 23 June, 21:00 Germany – Sweden
  • 26 June, 17:00 Australia – Peru


  • June 30, 9:00 pm


  • 7th July, 9 pm


In the end, we can say with confidence that all the cities and stadiums are fully prepared for the World Cup.

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