FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: What to Expect

The 2018 Edition of the FIFA’s World Cup is practically around the corner. As closer as next December this year, we will have the draw for the cup’s groups stage and, of course, the remaining spots will be completed through the rest of the year  to define the qualifying teams for each continent. At the moment, the only teams to have secured their place in Russia are Brazil, Iran and the local team for being the host country.

But what will we find in Russia 2018? Which cities as venues await us? How is the fixture organized? What is recommended in this beautiful country of Eastern Europe? In this article we’ll show you some things about Russia and the World Cup so when next Thursday 14 June 18 comes, you are fully prepared to live the biggest football’s party in the world.

 

Organization and venues

2018 edition’s will be the very first time Russia organizes the world cup (and the first time an Eastern European country does). Therefore, there are many expectations about what will be having this soccer tournament in this cold northern country.

Let’s start with the venues. In Russia’s world cup, 11 cities will participate in the organization and will host the 64 matches. From east to west they are: Kaliningrado, St. Petersburg, Moscow (two stadiums), Rostov, Sochi, Nizhni Novgorod, Volgograd, Saransk, Kazan, Samara and Yekaterinburg.

In this way, the organizers make an attempt to represent the whole of this vast country, taking into account the idea of facilitating and save as much commuting as possible. That’s why most of the venues are in the European part of the country (except Yekaterinburg that is located in the limit of the Ural Mountains).

 

Climate and geography

While you have the general idea that Russia is always cold, it might not be as it looks. It is a country that is located in different biomes such as tundra in the north, the plain in the center area and the steppe to the south.

In northern cities like St. Petersburg there are low temperatures all the year accompanied by heavy snowfalls. But in Sochi, for example, you can enjoy a warm weather, where people also enjoy the beaches on the Black Sea.

 

Miscellaneous

In order to close this brief note, we’ll leave some assorted fun facts about this interesting edition of the World Cup. For example, the mascot of the world cup will be a wolf named Zabivaka (meaning “small scorer”), which the Russian people could openly vote between Zabivaka, a tiger and a cat.

There will also be free transportation for fans who have tickets for the matches. It’s a nice touch, as tourists and Russians may have different options including trains and buses to move around the place.

This world cup will feature the most expensive stadium in the world in which more than a billion dollars were invested. Krestovski Stadium located in St. Petersburg will be able to pump five million cubic meters of hot air into the stadium, to maintain the temperature at 21 degrees. This is a great characteristic considering that this city, as mentioned above, is one of the coldest in Russia.

 

With Collaboration of Blas Isaguirre, @paginaenblanco

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