Competing countries were divided into eight groups of four teams (groups A to H). Teams in each group played one another in a round-robin basis, with the top two teams of each group advancing to the knockout stage. Ten European teams and four South American teams progressed to the knockout stage, together with Japan and Mexico.
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Seldom does Hasbro actually go back and improve upon an existing mold to a re-released vehicle (or completely start from scratch as they have done with Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter and Luke Skywalker’s Power FX X-Wing Fighter).
That’s just what they have done for the infamous Slave I from Attack of the Clones and the result is pretty impressive. The detailing on the body is ultra-sleek and is nearly superior to the original version released in 1980 for the Empire Strikes Back and is a considerable upgrade from the 1996 Shadows of the Empire issue which had some improvements to body detailing (gone were the tacky adhesive decals) but was still basically just another rehash.
For the new Episode II version, Hasbro has made extensive design improvements. Gone is the rotating cockpit chair. Instead, there is now a cockpit hatch on top which lifts open to accomodate 3 action figures instead of the former one.
The gravity-rotating stabilizers have now been replaced by manually operated fins that can be turned 45 degrees. The detailing on the newly sculpted stabilizer fins is worth the loss of the automatic action features in this case.
The pivoting laser cannons are smaller and made more to scale with its movie counterpart with 360 degree pivoting action that makes a clicking sound when turned. Two new exciting features have been added.
A rotating concusion missile launcher that deploys from a hidden hatch and fires 4 missiles to re-enact the chase with Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter in the asteroid field. Slave I also deploys 4 sonic charges.
With all of the design improvements to this vehicle, it would seem to be superior to the original but unfortunately it is not without some compromise. Perhaps the most disappointing aspect of this new design is the inability to open the side cargo hatch and loading ramp.
It would have been fun to recreate the scene from the film where Jango Fett and his “son” Boba are loading their ship to escape from Tipoca City just before Jango’s duel in the rain with Obi-Wan on the landing platform.
Unfortunately this is the only feature from the original design I would like to have had remained intact. For that reason, I have to subtract one star from what otherwise would have been a five star vehicle.
A total of twelve stadiums in eleven Russian cities were built and renovated for the FIFA World Cup.
Platov International Airport in Rostov-on-Don was upgraded with automated air traffic control systems, modern surveillance, navigation, communication, control, and meteorological support systems. Koltsovo Airport in Yekaterinburg was upgraded with radio-engineering tools for flight operation and received its second runway strip. Saransk Airport received a new navigation system; the city also got two new hotels, Mercure Saransk Centre (Accor Hotels) and Four Points by Sheraton Saransk (Starwood Hotels) as well as few other smaller accommodation facilities. In Samara, new tram lines were laid. Khrabrovo Airport in Kaliningrad was upgraded with radio navigation and weather equipment. Renovation and upgrade of radio-engineering tools for flight operation was completed in the airports of Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Volgograd, Samara, Yekaterinburg, Kazan and Sochi. On 27 March, the Ministry of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sector of Russia reported that all communications within its area of responsibility have been commissioned. The last facility commissioned was a waste treatment station in Volgograd. In Yekaterinburg, where four matches are hosted, hosting costs increased to over 7.4 billion rubles, over-running the 5.6 billion rubles originally allocated from the state and regional budget.
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Referee Fahad Al-Mirdasi of Saudi Arabia was removed in 30 May 2018 over a match-fixing attempt, along with his two assistant referees, compatriots Mohammed Al-Abakry and Abdulah Al-Shalwai. A new referee was not appointed, but two assistant referees, Hasan Al Mahri of the United Arab Emirates and Hiroshi Yamauchi of Japan, were added to the list. Assistant referee Marwa Range of Kenya also withdrew after the BBC released an investigation conducted by a Ghanaian journalist which implicated Marwa in a bribery scandal.
The following suspensions were served during the tournament:
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 Sweden 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6 Advance to knockout stage 2 Mexico 3 2 0 1 3 4 −1 6 3 South Korea 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3 4 Germany 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3
On 29 March 2018, FIFA released the list of 36 referees and 63 assistant referees selected to oversee matches. On 30 April 2018, FIFA released the list of 13 video assistant referees, who solely acted in this capacity in the tournament.
Referee: Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates)
On 30 April 2018, EA announced a free expansion for FIFA 18 based on the 2018 FIFA World Cup, featuring all 32 participating teams and all 12 stadiums used at the 2018 World Cup.
In February 2018, Ukrainian rightsholder UA:PBC stated that it would not broadcast the World Cup. This came in the wake of growing boycotts of the tournament among the Football Federation of Ukraine and sports minister Ihor Zhdanov. Additionally, the Football Federation of Ukraine refused to accredit journalists for the World Cup and waived their quota of tickets. However, the Ukrainian state TV still broadcast the World Cup, and more than 4 million Ukrainians watched the opening match.
After the group stage, “Telstar Mechta” was used for the knockout stage. The word mechta (Russian: мечта) means dream or ambition. The difference between Telstar 18 and Mechta is the red details on the design.
The final choice of host cities was announced on 29 September 2012. The number of cities was further reduced to 11 and number of stadiums to 12 as Krasnodar and Yaroslavl were dropped from the final list. Of the 12 stadiums used for the tournament, 3 (Luzhniki, Yekaterinburg and Sochi) have been extensively renovated and the other 9 stadiums to be used are brand new; $11.8 billion has been spent on hosting the tournament.
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For the first time since 1938, Germany (reigning champions) did not advance past the first round. For the first time since 1982, no African team progressed to the second round. For the first time, the fair play criteria came into use, when Japan qualified over Senegal due to having received fewer yellow cards. Only one match, France v Denmark, was goalless. Until then there were a record 36 straight games in which at least one goal was scored.
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On 8 October 2015, FIFA and the Local Organising Committee agreed on the official names of the stadiums used during the tournament.
FIFA, through several companies, sold the broadcasting rights for the 2018 FIFA World Cup to various local broadcasters.
Russia received widespread praise as World Cup hosts. Facilities—such as the refurbished Luzhniki Stadium (pictured)—were one aspect of Russia’s success.
The 100-ruble commemorative banknote celebrates the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It features an image of Soviet goalkeeper Lev Yashin.
Tournament detailsHost countryRussiaDates14 June – 15 JulyTeams32 (from 5 confederations)Venue(s)12 (in 11 host cities)Final positionsChampions France (2nd title)Runners-up CroatiaThird place BelgiumFourth place EnglandTournament statisticsMatches played64Goals scored169 (2.
64 per match)Attendance3,031,768 (47,371 per match)Top scorer(s) Harry Kane (6 goals)Best player(s) Luka ModrićBest young player Kylian MbappéBest goalkeeper Thibaut CourtoisFair play award Spain
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The choice of Russia as host has been challenged. Controversial issues have included the level of racism in Russian football, and discrimination against LGBT people in wider Russian society. Russia’s involvement in the ongoing conflict in Ukraine has also caused calls for the tournament to be moved, particularly following the annexation of Crimea. In 2014, FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated that “the World Cup has been given and voted to Russia and we are going forward with our work”.
The full schedule was announced by FIFA on 24 July 2015 (without kick-off times, which were confirmed later). On 1 December 2017, following the final draw, six kick-off times were adjusted by FIFA.
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Notable countries that failed to qualify include four-time champions Italy (for the first time since 1958), three-time runners-up and third placed in 2014 the Netherlands (for the first time since 2002), and four reigning continental champions: 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners Cameroon, two-time Copa América champions and 2017 Confederations Cup runners-up Chile, 2016 OFC Nations Cup winners New Zealand, and 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions United States (for the first time since 1986). The other notable qualifying streaks broken were for Ghana and Ivory Coast, who had both made the previous three tournaments.
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The first phase of ticket sales started on 14 September 2017, 12:00 Moscow Time, and lasted until 12 October 2017.
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The 2018 FIFA World Cup was the 21st FIFA World Cup, an international football tournament contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of FIFA once every four years. It took place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. It was the first World Cup to be held in Eastern Europe, and the 11th time that it had been held in Europe. At an estimated cost of over $14.2 billion, it was the most expensive World Cup. It was also the first World Cup to use the video assistant referee (VAR) system.
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Spain (8) Peru (10) Switzerland (11) England (12) Colombia (13) Mexico (16) Uruguay (17) Croatia (18)
Serbia (38) Nigeria (41) Australia (43) Japan (44) Morocco (48) Panama (49) South Korea (62) Saudi Arabia (63)
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Kylian Mbappé receiving the World Cup best young player award from Emmanuel Macron
For the draw, the teams were allocated to four pots based on the FIFA World Rankings of October 2017. Pot 1 contained the hosts Russia (who were automatically assigned to position A1) and the best seven teams, pot 2 contained the next best eight teams, and so on for pots 3 and 4. This was different from previous draws, when only pot 1 was based on FIFA rankings while the remaining pots were based on geographical considerations. However, teams from the same confederation still were not drawn against each other for the group stage, except that two UEFA teams could be in each group.
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Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 Belgium 3 3 0 0 9 2 +7 9 Advance to knockout stage 2 England 3 2 0 1 8 3 +5 6 3 Tunisia 3 1 0 2 5 8 −3 3 4 Panama 3 0 0 3 2 11 −9 0
For players named in the 35-player preliminary squad, there was a mandatory rest period between 21 and 27 May 2018, except for those involved in the 2018 UEFA Champions League Final played on 26 May.
Base camps were used by the 32 national squads to stay and train before and during the World Cup tournament. On 9 February 2018, FIFA announced the base camps for each participating team.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 Spain 3 1 2 0 6 5 +1 5 Advance to knockout stage 2 Portugal 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5 3 Iran 3 1 1 1 2 2 0 4 4 Morocco 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
When I first heard plans to release Jango’s Slave 1, I was afraid that Hasbro would try to save money by pawning off a cheaper version of the original (or the last remake). My fears seemed to be further fortified when I picked up the box and noticed the “firing action” this model had.
That, and the new coloration seemed a bit on the extreme side of things. Still, it needed me and begged me to buy it, and I’m a sucker for a bounty hunter in need, so I bought it. After opening it and putting it together, I have to say that I’m glad I did.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was that the coloration wasn’t that bad at all. In fact, it looked quite good, and that amazed me after seeming the box. The colors seemed to mesh together with the design, giving a bit of distinguishment between the Slave 1’s.
One good thing about the coloration is that it isn’t sticker reliant, so I have yet to accidentally botch any of my decorating attempts. After staring at it for a few hours, its grown on me quite nicely.
To add to this, there were the things that had been redesigned, from the enlargement of the cockpit to fit two (which is superbly crafted and opens instead of the back opening) to the firing mechanisms that hide neatly away, concealing that red weaponry.
Also, there were the wing stabilizers, a piece that is actually articulate and makes the wings seem to have a function.I have to say that this turned out to be a really nice buy, and I’m quite pleased with the attention that seems to have been paid to this toy.
All in all, I would rate it highly and recommend it to everyone. You really need it!
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The final took place on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, between France and Croatia. France won the match 4–2 to claim their second World Cup title, marking the fourth consecutive title won by a European team.
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Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 Colombia 3 2 0 1 5 2 +3 6 Advance to knockout stage 2 Japan 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4[a] 3 Senegal 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4[a] 4 Poland 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
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Of the twelve venues used, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and the Saint Petersburg Stadium – the two largest stadiums in Russia – were used most, both hosting seven matches. Sochi, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod and Samara all hosted six matches, including one quarter-final match each, while the Otkrytiye Stadium in Moscow and Rostov-on-Don hosted five matches, including one round-of-16 match each. Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk all hosted four matches, but did not host any knockout stage games.
The British Foreign Office and MPs had repeatedly warned English football fans and “people of Asian or Afro-Caribbean descent” travelling to Russia of “racist or homophobic intimidation, hooligan violence and anti-British hostility”. English football fans who have travelled have said they have received a warm welcome from ordinary citizens after arriving in Russia.
For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, all eligible nations – the 209 FIFA member associations minus automatically qualified hosts Russia – applied to enter the qualifying process. Zimbabwe and Indonesia were later disqualified before playing their first matches, while Gibraltar and Kosovo, who joined FIFA on 13 May 2016 after the qualifying draw but before European qualifying had begun, also entered the competition. Places in the tournament were allocated to continental confederations, with the allocation unchanged from the 2014 World Cup. The first qualification game, between Timor-Leste and Mongolia, began in Dili on 12 March 2015 as part of the AFC’s qualification, and the main qualifying draw took place at the Konstantinovsky Palace in Strelna, Saint Petersburg, on 25 July 2015.
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Jango Fett is Boba Fett’s father and the most resourceful and dangerous bounty hunter in the galaxy. His ship, Slave I, is just as dangerous and deadly, with an arsenal of weapons powerful enough to capture any prey. It features hidden weapons systems, sensor masking and tracking systems, power shield generators, a rotating concussion missile launcher and sonic chargers. Also features opening canopy, pivoting laser cannons, positionable stabilizer wings, adjustable battle damage panels and weapons rack for 4 additional missiles. Slave I includes ship, 2 stabilizer wings, 8 missiles, 4 sonic charges, label and instructions. Ages 4 and up. Imported. 15Lx8-1/2Wx6-1/2H”
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At the close of the World Cup Russia was widely praised for its success in hosting the tournament, with Steve Rosenberg of the BBC deeming it “a resounding public relations success” for Putin, adding, “The stunning new stadiums, free train travel to venues and the absence of crowd violence has impressed visiting supporters. Russia has come across as friendly and hospitable: a stark contrast with the country’s authoritarian image. All the foreign fans I have spoken to are pleasantly surprised.”
Denmark (19) Iceland (21) Costa Rica (22) Sweden (25) Tunisia (28) Egypt (30) Senegal (32) Iran (34)
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Argentina: Bronnitsy, Moscow Oblast Australia: Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan Belgium: Krasnogorsky, Moscow Oblast Brazil: Sochi, Krasnodar Krai Colombia: Verkhneuslonsky, Republic of Tatarstan Costa Rica: Saint Petersburg Croatia: Roshchino, Leningrad Oblast Denmark: Anapa, Krasnodar Krai Egypt: Grozny, Chechen Republic England: Repino, Saint Petersburg France: Istra, Moscow Oblast Germany: Vatutinki, Moscow Iceland: Gelendzhik, Krasnodar Krai Iran: Bakovka, Moscow Oblast Japan: Kazan, Republic of Tatarstan Mexico: Khimki, Moscow Oblast Morocco: Voronezh, Voronezh Oblast Nigeria: Yessentuki, Stavropol Krai Panama: Saransk, Republic of Mordovia Peru: Moscow Poland: Sochi, Krasnodar Krai Portugal: Ramenskoye, Moscow Oblast Russia: Khimki, Moscow Oblast Saudi Arabia: Saint Petersburg Senegal: Kaluga, Kaluga Oblast Serbia: Svetlogorsk, Kaliningrad Oblast South Korea: Saint Petersburg Spain: Krasnodar, Krasnodar Krai Sweden: Gelendzhik, Krasnodar Krai Switzerland: Togliatti, Samara Oblast Tunisia: Pervomayskoye, Moscow Oblast Uruguay: Bor, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast
The 22-member FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zürich on 2 December 2010 to vote to select the hosts of both tournaments. Russia won the right to be the 2018 host in the second round of voting. The Portugal/Spain bid came second, and that from Belgium/Netherlands third. England, which was bidding to host its second tournament, was eliminated in the first round.
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Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 Brazil 3 2 1 0 5 1 +4 7 Advance to knockout stage 2 Switzerland 3 1 2 0 5 4 +1 5 3 Serbia 3 1 0 2 2 4 −2 3 4 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
1 Host selection 1.1 Criticism 2 Teams 2.1 Qualification 2.2 Draw 2.3 Squads 3 Officiating 3.1 Video assistant referees 4 Venues 4.1 Stadiums 4.2 Team base camps 5 Preparation and costs 5.1 Budget 5.2 Infrastructure spending 5.
3 Volunteers 5.4 Transport 6 Schedule 7 Opening ceremony 8 Group stage 8.1 Tiebreakers 8.2 Group A 8.3 Group B 8.4 Group C 8.5 Group D 8.6 Group E 8.7 Group F 8.8 Group G 8.9 Group H 9 Knockout stage 9.
1 Bracket 9.2 Round of 16 9.3 Quarter-finals 9.4 Semi-finals 9.5 Third place play-off 9.6 Final 10 Statistics 10.1 Goalscorers 10.2 Discipline 10.3 Awards 10.3.1 Dream Team 10.3.2 Prize money 11 Marketing 11.
1 Branding 11.2 Mascot 11.3 Ticketing 11.4 Match ball 11.5 Merchandise 11.6 Official song 12 Controversies 12.1 Host selection 12.2 Response to Skripal poisoning 13 Critical reception 14 Broadcasting rights 15 Sponsorship 16 See also 17 Notes 18 References 19 External links
The opening ceremony took place on Thursday, 14 June 2018, at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, preceding the opening match of the tournament between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia.
A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:
Reconstruction of the Yekaterinburg Central Stadium in January 2017
FIFA also published an alternate team of the tournament based on player performances evaluated through statistical data.
Volunteer applications to the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee opened on 1 June 2016. The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Volunteer Program received about 177,000 applications, and engaged a total of 35,000 volunteers. They received training at 15 Volunteer Centres of the Local Organising Committee based in 15 universities, and in Volunteer Centres in the host cities. Preference, especially in the key areas, was given to those with knowledge of foreign languages and volunteering experience, but not necessarily to Russian nationals.
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President Vladimir Putin holding the FIFA World Cup Trophy at a pre-tournament ceremony in Moscow on 9 September 2017
Volunteer flag bearers on the field prior to Belgium’s (flag depicted) group stage match against Tunisia
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In October 2014, on their first official visit to Russia, FIFA’s inspection committee and its head Chris Unger visited St Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan and both Moscow venues. They were satisfied with the progress.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 Croatia 3 3 0 0 7 1 +6 9 Advance to knockout stage 2 Argentina 3 1 1 1 3 5 −2 4 3 Nigeria 3 1 0 2 3 4 −1 3 4 Iceland 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
Russia was placed in position A1 in the group stage and played in the opening match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 14 June against Saudi Arabia, the two lowest-ranked teams of the tournament at the time of the final draw. The Luzhniki Stadium also hosted the second semi-final on 11 July and the final on 15 July. The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg hosted the first semi-final on 10 July and the third place play-off on 14 July.
VAR had a significant impact in several games. On 15 June 2018, Diego Costa’s goal against Portugal became the first World Cup goal based on a VAR decision; the first penalty as a result of a VAR decision was awarded to France in their match against Australia on 16 June and resulted in a goal by Antoine Griezmann. A record number of penalties were awarded in the tournament, with this phenomenon being partially attributed to VAR. Overall, the new technology has been both praised and criticised by commentators. FIFA declared the implementation of VAR a success after the first week of competition.
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The official mascot for the tournament was unveiled 21 October 2016, and selected through a design competition among university students. A public vote was used to select from three finalists—a cat, a tiger, and a wolf. The winner, with 53% of approximately 1 million votes, was Zabivaka—an anthropomorphic wolf dressed in the colours of the Russian national team. Zabivaka’s name is a portmanteau of the Russian words забияка (“hothead”) and забивать (“to score”), and his official backstory states that he is an aspiring football player who is “charming, confident and social”.
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There were 169 goals scored in 64 matches, for an average of 2.64 goals per match.
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The official match ball of the 2018 World Cup group stage was “Telstar 18”, based on the name and design of the first Adidas World Cup ball from 1970. It was introduced on 9 November 2017.
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Croatia players after the 2018 World Cup Final against France
In total, only four players were sent off in the entire tournament, the fewest since 1978. International Football Association Board technical director David Elleray stated a belief that this was due to the introduction of VAR, since players would know that they would not be able to get away with anything under the new system.
Sepp Blatter stated in July 2014 that, given the concerns over the completion of venues in Russia, the number of venues for the tournament may be reduced from 12 to 10. He also said, “We are not going to be in a situation, as is the case of one, two or even three stadiums in South Africa, where it is a problem of what you do with these stadiums”.
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Russia proposed the following host cities: Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, and Yekaterinburg. Most cities are in European Russia, while Sochi and Yekaterinburg are very close to the Europe-Asia border, to reduce travel time for the teams in the huge country. The bid evaluation report stated: “The Russian bid proposes 13 host cities and 16 stadiums, thus exceeding FIFA’s minimum requirement. Three of the 16 stadiums would be renovated, and 13 would be newly constructed.”
Player Offence(s) Suspension(s) Carlos Sánchez in Group H vs Japan (matchday 1; 19 June) Group H vs Poland (matchday 2; 24 June) Yussuf Poulsen in Group C vs Peru (matchday 1; 16 June) in Group C vs Australia (matchday 2; 21 June) Group C vs France (matchday 3; 26 June) Jérôme Boateng in Group F vs Sweden (matchday 2; 23 June) Group F vs South Korea (matchday 3; 27 June) Armando Cooper in Group G vs Belgium (matchday 1; 18 June) in Group G vs England (matchday 2; 24 June) Group G vs Tunisia (matchday 3; 28 June) Michael Amir Murillo in Group G vs Belgium (matchday 1; 18 June) in Group G vs England (matchday 2; 24 June) Group G vs Tunisia (matchday 3; 28 June) Igor Smolnikov in Group A vs Uruguay (matchday 3; 25 June) Round of 16 vs Spain (1 July) Sebastian Larsson in Group F vs Germany (matchday 2; 23 June) in Group F vs Mexico (matchday 3; 27 June) Round of 16 vs Switzerland (3 July) Héctor Moreno in Group F vs Germany (matchday 1; 17 June) in Group F vs Sweden (matchday 3; 27 June) Round of 16 vs Brazil (2 July) Stephan Lichtsteiner in Group E vs Brazil (matchday 1; 17 June) in Group E vs Costa Rica (matchday 3; 27 June) Round of 16 vs Sweden (3 July) Fabian Schär in Group E vs Brazil (matchday 1; 17 June) in Group E vs Costa Rica (matchday 3; 27 June) Round of 16 vs Sweden (3 July) Blaise Matuidi in Group C vs Peru (matchday 2; 21 June) in Round of 16 vs Argentina (30 June) Quarter-finals vs Uruguay (6 July) Casemiro in Group E vs Switzerland (matchday 1; 17 June) in Round of 16 vs Mexico (2 July) Quarter-finals vs Belgium (6 July) Mikael Lustig in Group F vs Mexico (matchday 3; 27 June) in Round of 16 vs Switzerland (3 July) Quarter-finals vs England (7 July) Michael Lang in Round of 16 vs Sweden (3 July) Suspension served outside tournament Thomas Meunier in Group G vs Panama (matchday 1; 18 June) in Quarter-finals vs Brazil (6 July) Semi-finals vs France (10 July) Awards
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At the start of the ceremony, Russian president Vladimir Putin gave a speech, welcoming the countries of the world to Russia and calling football a uniting force. Brazilian World Cup-winning striker Ronaldo entered the stadium with a child in a Russia shirt. Pop singer Robbie Williams then sang two of his songs solo before he and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina performed a duet. Dancers dressed in the flags of the 32 competing teams appeared carrying a sign with the name of each nation. At the end of the ceremony Ronaldo reappeared with the official match ball which had returned from the International Space Station in early June.
List of officials Confederation Referee Assistant referees Video assistant referees AFC Alireza Faghani (Iran) Reza Sokhandan (Iran)Mohammadreza Mansouri (Iran) Abdulrahman Al-Jassim (Qatar) Ravshan Irmatov (Uzbekistan) Abdukhamidullo Rasulov (Uzbekistan)Jakhongir Saidov (Uzbekistan) Mohammed Abdulla Hassan Mohamed (United Arab Emirates) Mohamed Al Hammadi (United Arab Emirates)Hasan Al Mahri (United Arab Emirates) Ryuji Sato (Japan) Toru Sagara (Japan)Hiroshi Yamauchi (Japan) Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain) Yaser Tulefat (Bahrain)Taleb Al Maari (Qatar) CAF Mehdi Abid Charef (Algeria) Anouar Hmila (Tunisia) Malang Diedhiou (Senegal) Djibril Camara (Senegal)El Hadji Samba (Senegal) Bakary Gassama (Gambia) Jean Claude Birumushahu (Burundi)Abdelhak Etchiali (Algeria) Gehad Grisha (Egypt) Redouane Achik (Morocco)Waleed Ahmed (Sudan) Janny Sikazwe (Zambia) Jerson Dos Santos (Angola)Zakhele Siwela (South Africa) Bamlak Tessema Weyesa (Ethiopia) CONCACAF Joel Aguilar (El Salvador) Juan Zumba (El Salvador)Juan Carlos Mora (Costa Rica) Mark Geiger (United States) Frank Anderson (United States)Joe Fletcher (Canada) Jair Marrufo (United States) Corey Rockwell (United States) Ricardo Montero (Costa Rica) John Pitti (Panama) Gabriel Victoria (Panama) César Arturo Ramos (Mexico) Marvin Torrentera (Mexico)Miguel Hernández (Mexico) CONMEBOL Julio Bascuñán (Chile) Carlos Astroza (Chile)Christian Schiemann (Chile) Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)Gery Vargas (Bolivia)Mauro Vigliano (Argentina) Enrique Cáceres (Paraguay) Eduardo Cardozo (Paraguay)Juan Zorrilla (Paraguay) Andrés Cunha (Uruguay) Nicolás Tarán (Uruguay)Mauricio Espinosa (Uruguay) Néstor Pitana (Argentina) Hernán Maidana (Argentina)Juan Pablo Belatti (Argentina) Sandro Ricci (Brazil) Emerson de Carvalho (Brazil)Marcelo Van Gasse (Brazil) Wilmar Roldán (Colombia) Alexander Guzmán (Colombia)Cristian de la Cruz (Colombia) OFC Matthew Conger (New Zealand) Simon Lount (New Zealand)Tevita Makasini (Tonga) Norbert Hauata (Tahiti) Bertrand Brial (New Caledonia) UEFA Felix Brych (Germany) Mark Borsch (Germany)Stefan Lupp (Germany) Bastian Dankert (Germany)Artur Soares Dias (Portugal)Paweł Gil (Poland)Massimiliano Irrati (Italy)Tiago Martins (Portugal)Danny Makkelie (Netherlands)Daniele Orsato (Italy)Paolo Valeri (Italy)Felix Zwayer (Germany) Cüneyt Çakır (Turkey) Bahattin Duran (Turkey)Tarık Ongun (Turkey) Sergei Karasev (Russia) Anton Averianov (Russia)Tikhon Kalugin (Russia) Björn Kuipers (Netherlands) Sander van Roekel (Netherlands)Erwin Zeinstra (Netherlands) Szymon Marciniak (Poland) Paweł Sokolnicki (Poland)Tomasz Listkiewicz (Poland) Antonio Mateu Lahoz (Spain) Pau Cebrián Devís (Spain)Roberto Díaz Pérez (Spain) Milorad Mažić (Serbia) Milovan Ristić (Serbia)Dalibor Đurđević (Serbia) Gianluca Rocchi (Italy) Elenito Di Liberatore (Italy)Mauro Tonolini (Italy) Damir Skomina (Slovenia) Jure Praprotnik (Slovenia)Robert Vukan (Slovenia) Clément Turpin (France) Cyril Gringore (France)Nicolas Danos (France) Video assistant referees
At an estimated cost of over $14.2 billion as of June 2018[update], it is the most expensive World Cup in history, surpassing the cost of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
On 3 June 2015, the FBI confirmed that the federal authorities were investigating the bidding and awarding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. In an interview published on 7 June 2015, Domenico Scala, the head of FIFA’s Audit And Compliance Committee, stated that “should there be evidence that the awards to Qatar and Russia came only because of bought votes, then the awards could be cancelled”. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and former British Prime Minister David Cameron attended a meeting with FIFA vice-president Chung Mong-joon in which a vote-trading deal for the right to host the 2018 World Cup in England was discussed.
Receiving a red card (red card suspensions may be extended for serious offences) Receiving two yellow cards in two matches; yellow cards expire after the completion of the quarter-finals (yellow card suspensions are not carried forward to any other future international matches)
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The new concealed missiles and sonic charges are really a plus, although the rotating missile launcher of my toy tends to fail.Comparing the new and the old Slave I, there’s a striking difference. The new toy is heavier and has more fuselage parts, but is far, FAR more detailed and proportioned than the old one, which looks blunt in comparison.
And I don’t miss the opening hatch that much, since this toy is NOT scaled to the action figures’ size (An accurately scaled Fett figure for this ship would be 1.5 inches tall at most).So, this one is heavier, more proportioned and more accurate.
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The bidding procedure to host the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup tournaments began in January 2009, and national associations had until 2 February 2009 to register their interest. Initially, nine countries placed bids for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but Mexico later withdrew from proceedings, and Indonesia’s bid was rejected by FIFA in February 2010 after the Indonesian government failed to submit a letter to support the bid. During the bidding process, the three remaining non-UEFA nations (Australia, Japan, and the United States) gradually withdrew from the 2018 bids, and the UEFA nations were thus ruled out of the 2022 bid. As such, there were eventually four bids for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, two of which were joint bids: England, Russia, Netherlands/Belgium, and Portugal/Spain.
The draw was held on 1 December 2017 at 18:00 MSK at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. The 32 teams were drawn into 8 groups of 4, by selecting one team from each of the 4 ranked pots.
If a match went into extra time, each team was allowed to make a fourth substitution, the first time this had been allowed in a FIFA World Cup tournament.
Points obtained in all group matches; Goal difference in all group matches; Number of goals scored in all group matches; Points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question; Goal difference in the matches played between the teams in question; Number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question; Fair play points in all group matches (only one deduction could be applied to a player in a single match):
2018 FIFA bidding (majority 12 votes) Bidders Votes Round 1 Round 2 Russia 9 13 Portugal / Spain 7 7 Belgium / Netherlands 4 2 England 2 Eliminated Criticism
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Additionally, FIFA.com shortlisted 18 goals for users to vote on as the tournaments’ best. The poll closed on 23 July. The award was sponsored by Hyundai.
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Initially, each team had to name a preliminary squad of 30 players but, in February 2018, this was increased to 35. From the preliminary squad, the team had to name a final squad of 23 players (three of whom must be goalkeepers) by 4 June. Players in the final squad may be replaced for serious injury up to 24 hours prior to kickoff of the team’s first match and such replacements do not need to have been named in the preliminary squad.
As was the case during the 2010 and 2014 editions, FIFA did not release an official All-Star Team, but instead invited users of FIFA.com to elect their Fan Dream Team.
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In the United States, the 2018 World Cup was the first men’s World Cup whose English rights were held by Fox Sports, and Spanish rights held by Telemundo. The elimination of the United States in qualifying led to concerns that US interest and viewership of this World Cup would be reduced (especially among “casual” viewers interested in the US team), especially noting how much Fox paid for the rights, and that US games at the 2014 World Cup peaked at 16.5 million viewers. During a launch event prior to the elimination, Fox stated that it had planned to place a secondary focus on the Mexican team in its coverage to take advantage of their popularity among US viewers (factoring Hispanic and Latino Americans). Fox stated that it was still committed to broadcasting a significant amount of coverage for the tournament. Viewership was down overall over 2014, citing factors such as viewer unfamiliarity with the new broadcasters, as well as match scheduling that was not as favourable to viewers in the Americas than 2014 (with many matches airing in the morning hours, although Telemundo’s broadcast of the Mexico-Sweden Group F match was announced as being its most-watched weekday daytime program in network history).
In October 2011, Russia decreased the number of stadiums from 16 to 14. Construction of the proposed Podolsk stadium in the Moscow region was cancelled by the regional government, and also in the capital, Otkrytiye Arena was competing with Dynamo Stadium over which would be constructed first.
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Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards Thibaut Courtois Marcelo Thiago Silva Raphaël Varane Diego Godín Kevin De Bruyne Philippe Coutinho Luka Modrić Harry Kane Kylian Mbappé Cristiano Ronaldo
The following awards were given at the conclusion of the tournament. The Golden Boot (top scorer), Golden Ball (best overall player) and Golden Glove (best goalkeeper) awards were all sponsored by Adidas.
Goal of the Tournament Goalscorer Opponent Score Round Benjamin Pavard Argentina 2–2 Round of 16 Dream Team
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Twelve own goals were scored during the tournament, doubling the record of six set in 1998.
The tournament logo was unveiled on 28 October 2014 by cosmonauts at the International Space Station and then projected onto Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre during an evening television programme. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that the logo was inspired by “Russia’s rich artistic tradition and its history of bold achievement and innovation”, and FIFA President Sepp Blatter stated that it reflected the “heart and soul” of the country. For the branding, Portuguese design agency Brandia Central created materials in 2014, with a typeface called Dusha (from душа, Russian for soul) designed by Brandia Central and edited by Adotbelow of DSType Foundry in Portugal.
Soprano Aida Garifullina and pop singer Robbie Williams singing “Angels” at the opening ceremony
The finals involved 32 teams, of which 31 came through qualifying competitions, while the host nation qualified automatically. Of the 32 teams, 20 had also appeared in the previous tournament in 2014, while both Iceland and Panama made their first appearances at a FIFA World Cup. A total of 64 matches were played in 12 venues across 11 cities.
The ranking of teams in the group stage was determined as follows:
Allegations of corruption in the bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups caused threats from England’s FA to boycott the tournament. FIFA appointed Michael J. Garcia, a US attorney, to investigate and produce a report on the corruption allegations. Although the report was never published, FIFA released a 42-page summary of its findings as determined by German judge Hans-Joachim Eckert. Eckert’s summary cleared Russia and Qatar of any wrongdoing, but was denounced by critics as a whitewash. Garcia criticised the summary as being “materially incomplete” with “erroneous representations of the facts and conclusions”, and appealed to FIFA’s Appeal Committee. The committee declined to hear his appeal, so Garcia resigned in protest of FIFA’s conduct, citing a “lack of leadership” and lack of confidence in the independence of Eckert.
Thirty-three footballers who are alleged to be part of the steroid program are listed in the McLaren Report. On 22 December 2017, it was reported that FIFA fired a doctor who had been investigating doping in Russian football. On 22 May 2018 FIFA confirmed that the investigations concerning all Russian players named for the provisional squad of the FIFA World Cup in Russia had been completed, with the result that insufficient evidence was found to assert an anti-doping rule violation. FIFA’s medical committee also decided that Russian personnel would not be involved in performing drug testing procedures at the tournament; the action was taken to reassure teams that the samples would remain untampered.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 0 +5 9 Advance to knockout stage 2 Russia (H) 3 2 0 1 8 4 +4 6 3 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 2 7 −5 3 4 Egypt 3 0 0 3 2 6 −4 0
Panini continued their partnership with FIFA by producing stickers for their World Cup sticker album. Panini also developed an app for the 2018 World Cup where fans could collect and swap virtual stickers, with five million fans gathering digital stickers for the tournament.
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The official song of the tournament was “Live It Up”, with vocals from Will Smith, Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi, released on 25 May 2018. Its music video was released on 8 June 2018.
Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate positions in the FIFA World Rankings at the time of the tournament.
The first match of the group, Iran’s squad against Morocco in St. Petersburg
Position Amount (million USD) Per team Total Champions 38 38 Runner-up 28 28 Third place 24 24 Fourth place 22 22 5th–8th place (quarter-finals) 16 64 9th–16th place (round of 16) 12 96 17th–32nd place (group stage) 8 128 Total 400 Marketing
Rostov-on-Don Volgograd Arena Rostov Arena Capacity: 43,713 Capacity: 43,472 Nizhny Novgorod Kazan Nizhny Novgorod Stadium Kazan Arena Capacity: 43,319 Capacity: 42,873 Samara Saransk Kaliningrad Yekaterinburg Samara Arena Mordovia Arena Kaliningrad Stadium Central Stadium(Ekaterinburg Arena) Capacity: 41,970 Capacity: 41,685 Capacity: 33,973 Capacity: 33,061 Team base camps
In response to the March 2018 poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced that no British ministers or members of the royal family would attend the World Cup, and issued a warning to any travelling England fans. Iceland diplomatically boycotted the World Cup. Russia responded to the comments from the UK Parliament claiming that “the west are trying to deny Russia the World Cup”. The Russian Foreign Ministry denounced Boris Johnson’s statements that compared the event to the 1936 Olympics held in Nazi Germany as “poisoned with venom of hate, unprofessionalism and boorishness” and “unacceptable and unworthy” parallel towards Russia, a “nation that lost millions of lives in fighting Nazism”.
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Luka Modrić accepting the Golden Ball award from Vladimir Putin
Pre-match ceremony prior to the opening game, Russia v Saudi Arabia
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In the knockout stages, if a match is level at the end of normal playing time, extra time is played (two periods of 15 minutes each) and followed, if necessary, by a penalty shoot-out to determine the winners.
Shortly after the International Football Association Board’s decision to incorporate video assistant referees (VARs) into the Laws of the Game, on 16 March 2018, the FIFA Council took the much-anticipated step of approving the use of VAR for the first time in a FIFA World Cup tournament.
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Free public transport services were offered for ticketholders during the World Cup, including additional trains linking between host cities, as well as services such as bus service within them.
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The English Football Association and others raised concerns of bribery on the part of the Russian team and corruption from FIFA members. They claimed that four members of the executive committee had requested bribes to vote for England, and Sepp Blatter had said that it had already been arranged before the vote that Russia would win. The 2014 Garcia Report, an internal investigation led by Michael J. Garcia, was withheld from public release by Hans-Joachim Eckert, FIFA’s head of adjudication on ethical matters. Eckert instead released a shorter revised summary, and his (and therefore FIFA’s) reluctance to publish the full report caused Garcia to resign in protest. Because of the controversy, the FA refused to accept Eckert’s absolving of Russia from blame, with Greg Dyke calling for a re-examination of the affair and David Bernstein calling for a boycott of the World Cup.
Of the 32 nations qualified to play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, 20 countries competed at the previous tournament in 2014. Both Iceland and Panama qualified for the first time, with the former becoming the smallest country in terms of population to reach the World Cup. Other teams returning after absences of at least three tournaments include: Egypt, returning to the finals after their last appearance in 1990; Morocco, who last competed in 1998; Peru, returning after 1982; and Senegal, competing for the second time after reaching the quarter-finals in 2002. It is the first time three Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland and Sweden) and four Arab nations (Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia) have qualified for the World Cup.
Kaliningrad: Kaliningrad Stadium. The first piles were driven into the ground in September 2015. On 11 April 2018 the new stadium hosted its first match. Kazan: Kazan Arena. The stadium was built for the 2013 Summer Universiade.
It has since hosted the 2015 World Aquatics Championship and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The stadium serves as a home arena to FC Rubin Kazan. Moscow: Luzhniki Stadium. The largest stadium in the country was closed for renovation in 2013.
The stadium was commissioned in November 2017. Moscow: Spartak Stadium. The stadium is a home arena to its namesake FC Spartak Moscow. In accordance with the FIFA requirements, during the 2018 World Cup it is called Spartak Stadium instead of its usual name Otkritie Arena.
The stadium hosted its first match on 5 September 2014. Nizhny Novgorod: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. The construction of the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium commenced in 2015. The project was completed in December 2017.
 Rostov-on-Don: Rostov Arena. The stadium is located on the left bank of the Don River. The stadium construction was completed on 22 December 2017. Saint Petersburg: Saint Petersburg Stadium. The construction of the stadium commenced in 2007.
The project was officially completed on 29 December 2016. The stadium has hosted games of the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and will serve as a venue for UEFA Euro 2020. Samara: Samara Arena. The construction officially started on 21 July 2014.
The project was completed on 21 April 2018. Saransk: Mordovia Arena. The stadium in Saransk was scheduled to be commissioned in 2012 in time for the opening of the all-Russian Spartakiad, but the plan was revised.
The opening was rescheduled to 2017. The arena hosted its first match on 21 April 2018. Sochi: Fisht Stadium. The stadium hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Afterwards, it was renovated in preparation for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup.
Volgograd: Volgograd Arena. The main arena of Volgograd was built on the demolished Central Stadium site, at the foot of the Mamayev Kurgan memorial complex. The stadium was commissioned on 3 April 2018.
 Yekaterinburg: Ekaterinburg Arena. The Central Stadium of Yekaterinburg has been renovated for the FIFA World Cup. The arena’s stands have a capacity of 35,000 spectators. The renovation project was completed in December 2017.
Moscow Saint Petersburg Sochi Luzhniki Stadium Otkritie Arena(Spartak Stadium) Krestovsky Stadium(Saint Petersburg Stadium) Fisht Olympic Stadium(Fisht Stadium) Capacity: 78,011 Capacity: 44,190 Capacity: 64,468 Capacity: 44,287 Volgograd
The general visa policy of Russia did not apply to participants and spectators, who were able to visit Russia without a visa right before and during the competition regardless of their citizenship. Spectators were nonetheless required to register for a “Fan-ID”, a special photo identification pass. A Fan-ID was required to enter the country visa-free, while a ticket, Fan-ID and a valid passport were required to enter stadiums for matches. Fan-IDs also granted World Cup attendees free access to public transport services, including buses, and train service between host cities. Fan-ID was administered by the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media, who could revoke these accreditations at any time to “ensure the defence capability or security of the state or public order”.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification 1 France 3 2 1 0 3 1 +2 7 Advance to knockout stage 2 Denmark 3 1 2 0 2 1 +1 5 3 Peru 3 1 0 2 2 2 0 3 4 Australia 3 0 1 2 2 5 −3 1
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VAR operations for all games are operating from a single headquarters in Moscow, which receives live video of the games and are in radio contact with the on-field referees. Systems are in place for communicating VAR-related information to broadcasters and visuals on stadiums’ large screens are used for the fans in attendance.
Broadcast rights to the tournament in the Middle East were hampered by an ongoing diplomatic crisis in Qatar over alleged support of extremist groups. Qatar is the home country of the region’s rightsholder, beIN Sports. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over the matter. On 2 June 2018, beIN pulled its channels from Du and Etisalat, but with service to the latter restored later that day. Etisalat subsequently announced that it would air the World Cup in the UAE, and continue to offer beIN normally and without interruptions. In Saudi Arabia, beIN’s channels have been widely and illegally repackaged by a broadcaster identifying itself as beoutQ; while FIFA attempted to indirectly negotiate the sale of a package consisting of Saudi matches, as well as the opening and final games, they were unable to do so. On 12 July 2018, FIFA stated that it had “engaged counsel to take legal action in Saudi Arabia and is working alongside other sports rights owners that have also been affected to protect its interests.”
The Russian government had originally earmarked a budget of around $20 billion which was later slashed to $10 billion for the preparations of the World Cup, of which half is spent on transport infrastructure. As part of the program for preparation to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a federal sub-program “Construction and Renovation of Transport Infrastructure” was implemented with a total budget of 352.5 billion rubles, with 170.3 billion coming from the federal budget, 35.1 billion from regional budgets, and 147.1 billion from investors. The biggest item of federal spending was the aviation infrastructure (117.8 billion rubles). Construction of new hotels was a crucial area of infrastructure development in the World Cup host cities. Costs continued to balloon as preparations were underway.
FIFA President Gianni Infantino stated, “Everyone discovered a beautiful country, a welcoming country, that is keen to show the world that everything that has been said before might not be true. A lot of preconceived ideas have been changed because people have seen the true nature of Russia.” Infantino has proclaimed Russia 2018 to be “the best World Cup ever”, as 98% of the stadiums were sold out, there were three billion viewers on TV all around the world and 7 million fans visited the fan fests.
Aziz Behich (against France) Fernandinho (against Belgium) Mario Mandžukić (against France) Ahmed Fathy (against Russia) Edson Álvarez (against Sweden) Aziz Bouhaddouz (against Iran) Oghenekaro Etebo (against Croatia) Thiago Cionek (against Senegal) Denis Cheryshev (against Uruguay) Sergei Ignashevich (against Spain) Yann Sommer (against Costa Rica) Yassine Meriah (against Panama)
Russian bid personnel celebrate the awarding of the 2018 World Cup to Russia on 2 December 2010.
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Mandžukić 18′ (o.g.) Griezmann 38′ (pen.) Pogba 59′ Mbappé 65′