2018 World Cup in Russia

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    Russia proposed the following host cities:
    Kaliningrad,
    Kazan,
    Krasnodar,
    Moscow,
    Nizhny
    Novgorod,
    Rostov-on-Don,
    Saint Petersburg,
    Samara,
    Saransk,
    Sochi,
    Volgograd,
    Yaroslavl,
    Yekaterinburg.

    All the cities are in or just outside European Russia to reduce travel time for the teams in the huge country. The bid evaluation report stated: "The Russian bid proposes 13 host cities and 16 stadiums, thus exceeding FIFA's minimum requirement. Three of the 16 stadiums would be renovated, and 13 would be newly constructed."

    In October 2011 Russia decreased the number of stadiums from 16 to 14. Construction of the proposed Podolsk stadium in the Moscow region was cancelled by the regional government, and also in the capital, Otkrytiye Arena was competing with Dynamo Stadium over which would be constructed first.
    The final choice of host cities was announced on 29 September 2012. The number of cities was further reduced to 11 and number of stadiums to 12 as Krasnodar and Yaroslavl were dropped from the final list.
     
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    The draw will be held on 1 December 2017 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow. The 32 teams will be drawn into eight groups of four.

    For the draw, the teams will be allocated to four pots based on the FIFA World Rankings of October 2017.
    - Pot 1 will contain the hosts Russia (which will be automatically assigned to Position A1) and the best seven teams,
    - Pot 2 will contain the next best eight teams, as will Pots 3 and 4.

    This will be different from previous draws, where only Pot 1 was based on FIFA Rankings while the remaining pots were based on geographical considerations. Same as previous editions, teams from the same confederation will not be drawn against each other for the group stage, except for UEFA where each group can contain up to two teams.

    The top two teams of each group advance to the round of 16.
    Matches are played on a round-robin basis.


    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_World_Rankings
     
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    as of today the following countries have qualified:
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    Haven't been keeping up.... is US still alive?
     
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    yes - have to win or tie tonight at T&T
     
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    Gotcha. thanks for the update.
     
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    BTW the way two countries that are always there are now biting their fingernails - Argentina and The Netherlands may be on the outside looking in.
     
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    WE ARE OUT OF THE 2018 WORLD CUP
    (HEADS WILL ROLL AT USA FEDERATION HEADQUARTERS)
     
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    2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
    3,496,204 tickets requested as the first sales period concludes

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    And think what it could have been if the USA made it
     
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