Host Country: Russia
The 21st World Cup involves 32 teams who will play a total of 64 matches. These will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities across Russia.
Date of the Finals: 14th June - 15th July
Number of Venues: 12 (11 Host Cities)
On his 40th birthday, FIFA.com celebrates the winner of the inaugural The Best FIFA Goalkeeper award and a FIFA World Cup™ winner with Italy, Gianluigi Buffon.
Following Friday's Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™, FIFA.com highlights some of the 'throwback' matches we can expect to see at the world finals in Russia.
Following a long road of qualifying joy and heartache, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has finally snapped into focus after the Final Draw on 1 December in Moscow’s Kremlin State Palace.
In the lead-up to the Russia 2018 Final Draw, legendary England striker Gary Lineker shared his views with FIFA.com on Friday’s ceremony and next year’s big event.
FIFA.com spoke with four coaches ahead of Friday’s Final Draw at the State Kremlin Palace and asked them what they are hoping for from the event.
Without question, the eyes of the footballing world will be on Moscow this week, as the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ takes place on Friday.
Learn all about the 32 teams that will play at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ by viewing our colourful, interactive guide!
Featuring 32 teams, eight unbiased pairs of hands and millions of TV viewers, the Final Draw for the 21st FIFA World Cup™ will take place this coming Friday in Moscow. We answers all the key questions ahead of eagerly awaited ceremony.
During his career, Pierluigi Collina officiated so diligently and competently that he was voted the world's best referee for six consecutive years between 1998 and 2003. The Italian redefined the role and became the first star referee.
Following the approval of the draw procedures for the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in September 2017, the confirmation of the pots, and the announcement of the conductors and assistants, the scene is set for all 32 participating member associations.
Won most by: Brazil - 5 times winners
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