FIFA 2018 World Cup
The vast country that is Russia is hosting the tournament with 12 stadiums total in 11 different cities.
- Moscow: Moscow is housing two of the stadiums for the World Cup, one is the Otkritie Arena which is home of Spartak Moscow and has a capacity of 45,360 people. This stadium will host 5 games during the tournament.
- Moscow: Luzhniki stadium is the biggest stadium in Russia. This stadium seats 81,000 people and is where the World Cup Final 2018 will be played.
- Saint Petersburg: Krestovsky Stadium, this stadium plays host to local side Zenit and also has a retractable roof. The capacity is 68,134 seats.
- Sochi: Fisht Olympic Stadium was built for the Winter Olympics back in 2014 and now lies waiting for it's taste of Football at this years World Cup. Seating capacity is 47,659 for the tournament.
- Kazan: Kazan Arena was also newly built, in 2013 for the rich owners of local side Rubin Kazan. It seats 45,379 and will play host to 6 tournament matches.
- Volgograd: Volgograd Arena, home to FC Rotor Volgograd is located in southern Russia and was purpose built for this years World Cup. It has only been open a few weeks. It seats 45,568 people and plays hosts to England's first game of the tournament!
- Kaliningrad: Kaliningrad Stadium, hosts FC Baltika Kaliningrad from the next season after completion of the stadium came around March 2018. This stadium seats 35,212 people and sits just 45km away from Poland!
- Yekaterinburg: Central Stadium, this stadium is the furthest eastern stadium in this years world cup and has a capacity of 35,696 people.
- Saransk: Mordovia Arena, home to FC Mordovia Saransk this stadium was purpose built for the tournament as well. The stadium seats 44,442 people.
- Nizhny Novgorod: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium is another purpose built stadium which will play host to FC Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod home games next season. With a capacity of 44,899 it is a very pretty stadium.
- Rostov-on-Don: Rostov Arena hosts FC Rostov and serves as host to Brazil's first tournament game. Capacity is at 45,000 seats.
- Samara: Cosmos Arena is where FC Krylia Sovetov Samara play in the Russian league and was purpose built for this tournament. It seats 44,918 people.
Last 16 - Saturday, Jun 30 2:00pm GMT (GMT+00:00)
Quarter Finals - Friday, Jul 06 2:00pm GMT (GMT+00:00)
Semi Finals - Tuesday, Jul 10 6:00pm GMT (GMT+00:00)
World Cup Final - Sunday, Jul 15 3:00pm GMT (GMT+00:00)
This year’s World Cup will probably be the last time we have the regular format we are used to. With 2022 being highlighted as the plan to implement the new 48 team world cup, this Russian version will be the last of the standard 32 teams.
So the format for those who do not remember is;
- 32 Teams Seeded into 8 Groups of 4
- Round Robin Groups
- 3 Points per win, 1 Points a draw, 0 points for a loss
- Top 2 Teams Advance
- Bottom 2 Eliminated
- Tiebreakers - Goal Difference, then Goals Scored, then Head to Head
- Last 16 is a Pre Deteremined bracket where Group Winners play Group Runner Ups
- Each knockout match is regular 90 minutes, then extra time and penalties if needed
More To Come!
Over the next few days before the World Cup i will bring out the Power Rank! Which will mean the World Cup is pretty much spoiled as my predictions are that good! On top of that i will get a group thread out for every group so you can build the hype up and get trash talking and fanboying N1E style!