The 2018 World cup is set to be hosted by Russia from the 8th June to 8th July after Fifa selected the country ahead of bids from England, Netherlands/Belgium and Spain/Portugal.
There is some suggestions that the World Cup could be expanded to 40 teams from 32 for Russia 2018 with each group receiving an extra participant although the hosts are currently preparing for a tournament following the existing 32 team format.
Although the venue for the final is yet to be confirmed it looks like Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium will host the biggest game of the tournament based on the fact that it is the largest stadium as part of the bid with an 81,000 capacity.
Despite calls for the tournament to be stripped from Russia following controversial levels of racism in Russian Football and tense geopolitical issues such as the annexation of Crimea, Sepp Blatter insists that Russia proceed as hosts of the tournament.
|Saint Petersburg||Zenit Arena||69,501|
|Sochi||Fisht Olympic Stadium||47,659|
|Nizhny Novgorod||Strelka Stadium||44,899|