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Russia will host the 21st FIFA World Cup in 2018, which is scheduled to take place from June 8 to 8. Thirty two countries are expected from six confederations, including that of the host nation, assuming the current format of play is maintained. This will be the first World Cup to be held in Eastern Europe.
Russia has proposed the following host cities, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, and Yekaterinburg. All the cities are in or just outside European Russia to reduce travel time for the teams in the huge country.
“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.”
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 Spartak Stadium is competing with Dynamo Stadium which will be constructed first.
The qualifying draw will take place in Saint Petersburg on July 25, 2015.