The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia (Russian: Чемпионат мира по футболу Россия 2018) was the twenty-first edition of the Football World Cup. Football is called soccer in the United States Of America and Canada. It was held in Russia between June 14 and July 15, 2018, being the first time that an Eastern European country organizes the championship.
In the final match France defeated Croatia with 4-2. France secured the the World Cup trophy for the second time since 1998.
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Committee decision from 2010
FIFA decided that the 2018 World Cup venue would be chosen in conjunction with that of 2022 at the meeting of the Executive Committee of the organization, held in Zurich, Switzerland, on December 2, 2010. The FIFA World Cup 2026 will be held in the three countries of the United States, Canada and Mexico. Making it the first time a FIFA World Cup is held in more than one country.
According to the system of continental rotation implemented by FIFA, the member or associated associations of CAF and CONMEBOL were banned from participating in this bid. As a result, Russia officially submitted its candidature alongside those of Japan, South Korea, Australia, Belgium-Netherlands, England, Spain-Portugal, the United States and Qatar. Finally, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Qatar and the United States withdrew a few months before the decision to focus on the 2022 election.
In the first round of the vote, England reached two votes, the Netherlands-Belgium won four, Spain-Portugal reached seven and Russia won nine. As the necessary majority of twelve did not reach, England was eliminated because it was the candidate with the least support and a second round was necessary. Here Russia got thirteen on the seven that the Iberian pair received and the two that received the Belgium-Netherlands candidacy.
After the election, Vladimir Putin, the then Russian prime minister, said that "Russia 2018 will be fantastic" and planned the construction of new stadiums and the presence of "the highest quality standards". On his part, Blatter made the official trip to the selected country and assured "that there will be a wonderful cooperation between FIFA and Russia". Russia confirmed twelve stadiums in 11 cities for the World Cup: Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, St. Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi and Volgograd, which will host all 64 World Cup matches.
Of the twelve stadiums designated, only two were fully completed at the time of their election as headquarters, which had to be remodeled so that they could host the matches. Another, the Spartak in Moscow, was inaugurated in August 2014. The others, including the Luzhnikí in that same capital and with capacity for 81,300 spectators (main venue and the largest stadium), began to be built in later years.
As a way to reduce the distances, times and costs of equipment transfers, only cities that are in the European part of the country (the most densely populated and developed) were chosen, with the exception of Yekaterinburg, which is located in Asia just east of the Ural Mountains.
Portugal vs Morocco (Group B) Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia (Group A) Iran vs Spain (Group B) Thursday 21 June Denmark vs Australia (Group C) France vs Peru (Group C) Argentina vs Croatia (Group D) Friday 22 June Brazil vs Costa Rica (Group E) Nigeria vs Iceland (Group D) Serbia vs Switzerland (Group E) Saturday 23 June Belgium vs Tunisia (Group G) South Korea vs Mexico (Group F) Germany v Sweden (Group F) Sunday 24 June England vs Panama (Group G) Japan vs Senegal (Group H) Poland vs Colombia (Group H) Monday 25 June Uruguay vs Russia (Group A) Saudi Arabia vs Egypt (Group A) Spain vs Morocco (Group B) Iran vs Portugal (Group B) Tuesday 26 June Denmark vs France (Group C) Australia vs Peru (Group C) Nigeria vs Argentina (Group D) Iceland vs Croatia (Group D) Wednesday 27 June South Korea vs Germany (Group F) Mexico vs Sweden (Group F) Serbia vs Brazil (Group E) Switzerland vs Costa Rica (Group E) Thursday 28 June Japan vs Poland (Group H) Senegal vs Colombia (Group H) England vs Belgium (Group G) Panama vs Tunisia (Group G)