Russia World Cup 2018 What you need to know

There will be 64 games spread over 25 match days.

Saransk (Mordovia Arena) – Capacity: 44,442

The 64 matches will be played across 12 stadiums in 11 cities. The opening match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The same venue will also host the final that takes place on July 15.

Moscow (Luzhniki Stadium) – Capacity: 81,006

Russia is hosting thefootballWorld Cup for the first time.

Russiawas awarded the 2018 event byFIFAin 2010.

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Samara (Samara Arena) – Capacity: 44,807

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Kazan (Kazan Arena) – Capacity: 44,779

Rostov-on-Don (Rostov Arena) – Capacity: 45,145

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Moscow (Spartak Stadium) – Capacity: 43,298

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Sochi (Fisht Stadium) – Capacity: 47,700

Russia World Cup 2018 What you need to know

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Kaliningrad (Kaliningrad Stadium) – Capacity: 35,212

The tournament kicks off on Thursday, June 14 when hosts Russia take onSaudi Arabiain the tournament opener (kick-off 15:00 GMT).

Volgograd (Volgograd Arena) – Capacity: 45,568

Over the next month, 32 teams from across the world will be taking part in the tournament with the final to be played in Moscow on July 15.

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This is the penultimate time that the World Cup will comprise 32 teams. FIFA announced that World Cup 2026 (that followsQatar 2022) will have 48 teams taking part.

Nizhny Novgorod (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium) – Capacity: 45,331

Italy lost out to Sweden in the playoffs after finishing second in their group while the Netherlands, semi-finalists at Brazil 2014, finished third in their group.

St Petersburg (St Petersburg Stadium) – Capacity: 68,134

The qualification campaign for the tournament started with 210 countries that involved 872 matches.

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Germany are the defending champions, having beaten Argentina in Brazil four years ago to lift the trophy.

Ekaterinburg (Ekaterinburg Arena) – Capacity: 35,696

Uruguay hosted the first edition of the World Cup in 1930. The hosts also went on to win the tournament but have only managed to win it one more time since then.

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