Russia is given a great honor to host 21th FIFA World Cup 2018 for the very first time. Besides Russia, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal and Belgium and the Netherlands made bids for holding the event.
Being the host of the first FIFA championship in Eastern Europe, Russia takes on the event organization with an awesome responsibility. The country prepares to the FIFA 2018 with vim and vigor to make the event unforgettable.
Swiftly developing Russian infrastructure is hastened by Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi and FIFA World Cup 2018 and Summer Universiade in Kazan 2013.
11 the most magnificent cities will receive matches on their 12 stadiums: renovated or newly constructed, according to FIFA’s minimum requirement. The qualifying draw will take place in Saint Petersburg on either 24 or 25 July 2015.
The championship will be held from 8 June to 8 July. Territory of the event is divided into five districts: four clusters (Volzhsky, Central, South and North-Western) and Yekaterinburg.
1. Moscow (Central Cluster)
is the capital city and the most populous federal subject of Russia. The city is a major political, economic, cultural and scientific center in Russia and in Eurasia. According to Forbes 2012, Moscow has the second largest community of billionaires in the world.
2. Kaliningrad (North-Western Cluster)
is a seaport city and the administrative center of Kaliningrad Oblast, the Russian enclave between Poland and Lithuania on the Baltic Sea. The territory borders on NATO and European Union members Poland and Lithuania, and is geographically separated from the rest of Russia.
3. Saint-Petersburg (North-Western Cluster)
is a federal city of Russia located on the Neva River at the head of the Gulf of Finland on the Baltic Sea. Saint Petersburg is a major trade gateway, financial and industrial centre of Russia specializing in oil and gas trade, shipbuilding yards, aerospace industry and many other businesses.
4. Volgograd (Volzhsky Cluster
) is an important industrial city and the administrative center of Volgograd Oblast, Russia. It is 80-kilometer (50 mi) long, north to south, situated on the western bank of the Volga River.
5. Kazan (Volzhsky Cluster)
is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan. Kazan is one of the largest industrial and financial centres of Russia, and a leading city of the Volga economic region in construction and accumulated investment. Kazan was hosting Summer Universiade 2013.
6. Nizhny Novgorod (Volzhsky Cluster)
is the fifth largest city in Russia and the administrative center of Nizhny Novgorod Oblast. Nizhny Novgorod is an important economic, transportation and cultural center of Russia and the vast Volga-Vyatka economic region. Nizhny Novgorod is one of the centers of the IT Industry in Russia. It ranks among the leading Russian cities in terms of the quantity of software R&D providers.
7. Samara (Volzhsky Cluster)
is the sixth largest city in Russia and the administrative center of Samara Oblast. It is situated in the southeastern part of European Russia at the confluence of the Volga and Samara Rivers on the east bank of the Volga. Samara is a leading industrial center in the Volga region and is among the top Ten Russian Cities in terms of national income and industrial production volume. Samara is a major transport hub.
8. Saransk (Volzhsky Cluster)
is a city in central European Russia and the capital of the Republic of Mordovia, as well as its financial and economic center. It is located in the Volga basin at the confluence of the Saranka and Insar Rivers, about 630 kilometers (390 mi) east of Moscow.
9. Rostov-on-Don (South Cluster)
is a port city and the administrative center of Rostov Oblast and the Southern Federal District of Russia. It lies on the Don River, 32 kilometers (20 mi) from the Sea of Azov. In modern times, Rostov-on-Don has experienced economic growth. Numerous start-up companies have established headquarters in the city, the median income is increasing, and the city is being transformed into a modern, industrial and technology-rich hub. For instance, Rostov-on-Don is a center for helicopter and farm machinery manufacturing.
10. Sochi (South Cluster)
is a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, situated on the Black Sea coast near the border between Georgia/Abkhazia and Russia. Sochi is hosting Winter Olympic games 2014 and Formula 1 Grand Prix.
is the fourth-largest city in Russia and the administrative center of Sverdlovsk Oblast, located in the middle of the Eurasian continent, on the border of Europe and Asia. Yekaterinburg is the main industrial and cultural center of the Ural Federal District. Recently the commercial economy has improved, and business centers like Yekaterinburg-City have been planned. The Business Center "Vysotsky" is the tallest skyscraper in Russia outside of Moscow.