FIFA World Cup 2018 : The spectacular stadiums that will welcome fans in Russia

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FIFA World Cup 2018 : The spectacular stadiums that will welcome fans in Russia

FIFA World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the senior men's national teams of the members of the FIFA, football's global governing body. The tournament is held every four years, where one country is crowned as the world champions. The inaugural tournament was held in 1930. FIFA World Cup is said to be the ‘Greatest show on earth’ as it is watched by millions of people around the world, more than any other sport in the world including Olympic games.

 

The upcoming World Cup will be held by Russia. After the qualification rounds, 31 countries have qualified and will join host Russia for the final tournament. Current champions Germany will be defending their championship, while Iceland and Panama will be playing their first World Cup ever. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The tournament will start on the 14th of June and will end on the 15th of July.

As it is the World Cup, national teams of every continent are given a chance to qualify from their region. 2018 edition of the World Cup will have 5 teams from Asia region (Australia plays in this region and qualified for the tournament) and 5 teams from Africa as well. 3 teams from North America and 5 teams from South America will also participate. The highest number of national teams will come from Europe as 14 teams qualified for the final tournament, while no team from Oceania qualified for the World Cup. 

Like every World Cup, in the qualification rounds, a few big names couldn't qualify for the final tournament. The world was shocked when Sweden beat 4-time world champions Italy in the play-off for the World Cup 2018. This loss meant Italy will not be playing in the World Cup 2018 which is the first time since 1958 that Italy failed to qualify for a World Cup. Other than Italy, the runner-up of 2010 edition of World Cup Netherlands also failed to qualify for the World Cup. 

With just 50 days to go until the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Russia, RT Sport looks at the 12 spectacular stadiums in 11 cities that will host games at this summer’s footballing showpiece.

Luzhniki Stadium

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