At an estimated cost of over.2 billion, it was the most expensive World Cup.
For the first time since 1938, Germany (reigning champions) did not advance past the first round.
Costs continued to balloon as preparations were underway.Etisalat subsequently announced that it would air the World Cup in the UAE, and continue to offer beIN escort trans it normally and without interruptions.Controversial issues have included the level of racism in Russian football, and discrimination against lgbt people in wider Russian society.Retrieved "Match report Group C Denmark v Australia" (PDF).178 179 fifa also published an alternate team of the tournament based on player performances evaluated through statistical data.Archived from the original on Retrieved Riach, James.Ten European teams and four South American teams progressed to the knockout stage, together with Japan and Mexico.Fan-IDs also granted World Cup attendees free access to public transport services, including buses, and train service between host cities.Retrieved "Match report Group H Poland v Colombia" (PDF).The 22-member fifa Executive Committee convened in Zürich on 2 December 2010 to vote to select the hosts of both tournaments.36 For players named in the 35-player preliminary squad, there was a mandatory rest period between 21 and, except for those involved in the 2018 uefa Champions League Final played on 26 May.The construction of the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium commenced in 2015.Petersburg Main article: 2018 fifa World Cup Group B Source: fifa Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers 18:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 21:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 15:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 21:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 21:00 MSK (.Absence at World Cup"."What We Know About Corruption in the 20 World Cup Bids".Archived from the original on Retrieved "Qatar World Cup organizers ready to fight for 2022".Volgograd, Kaliningrad, Yekaterinburg and Saransk all hosted four matches, but did not host any knockout stage games.Archived from the original on Retrieved "Kaliningrad Stadium".
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The opening was rescheduled to 2017.