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)
The 2018 tournament in Russia will be the 21st World Cup, and takes place between 14th June and 15 July 2018 in 11 host cities.
The current holders are Germay, who beat Argentina 1-0 at the 2014 finals held in Brazil. This is the first time the World Cup will have been held in Europe since Germany finals in 2006. All but one of the stadium venues are located in European Russia, west of the Ural Mountains so travel time is kept to a manageable level.
Russia have never previously won the World Cup or hosted the tournament.
As the host team, Russia automatically qualify for the final tournament. A further 31 teams have been determined through qualifying competitions in the run up to the finals.
Visit the Official Website: www.fifa.com/worldcup
Ticket Information: www.fifa.com/worldcup/organisation/ticketing
Won most by: Brazil - 5 times winners
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