In 2018, Russia will host the World Cup for the first time in its history. Best national teams from Europe, Asia, North and South America, Africa, Australia and Oceania will compete for the cup. Interesting fact — Brazilian team secured its entrance to the 2018 tournament ahead of schedule. However, nothing less was expected from the world's most titled team. Brazilians won the FIFA Cup five times and never missed the participation in the final part of the tournament. Russian team's success is not as big, the best result of all time being the fourth place at the 1966 World Cup. Total of 32 teams, including Russia will play in the final part of the 2018 World Cup.
The tournament will take place from June 14 to July 15 in eleven cities of the country. The opening and final matches will be held in Moscow at the Luzhniki stadium, the semifinals will take place in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The Fisht Stadium, already familiar to guests by the 2014 Winter Olympics, will host the tournament in Sochi.
Wolf who loves football
Wolf named Zabivaka was chosen to be the 2018 World Cup mascot after bypassing the cat and the astronaut Amur tiger in the popular vote. Legends of world football Ronaldo and Zvonimir Boban, who holds the position of FIFA deputy general secretary, took part in the mascot choosing ceremony. Organizers note that the chosen mascot, the wolf, is the youngest player on the team, but at the same time the fastest, most decisive and skillful. Zabivaka the wolf is charming, outgoing and his favorite activity is playing football. Zabivaka follows the rules of fair play, appreciates his teammates and respects the opponents.
Your pass to the stadium
In addition to standard means, you will also have to issue a fan's passport (Fan ID). This is Russian know-how, designed both for the safety and convenience of football fans. For example, foreigners with Fan ID don't need to worry about a Russian visa, and public transport rides in cities holding the tournament are free with this document. You can apply for Fan ID online or in person, at the FAN ID Registration Center. You'll need to provide the purchased football ticket number, passport information and a color photo.
A little more details
The official ticket sales start on December 1, 2017, prices for foreigners and citizens of the host country are different. The cheapest ticket for non-Russian residents will be $105 — this is the price to see any of the group stage matches, except for the opening match. Prices for the final range from 455 to 1100 dollars. The central seats in the stands are more expensive than the corner ones and the sectors behind the goals. Tickets will be sold only on the official FIFA website — www.fifa.com.
You can travel between the World Cup cities by train — they say it's the best way to understand Russia, but the journeys will be quite long: for example, the Moscow — Yekaterinburg train trip will take more than 24 hours, and there's no direct communication between some cities.
Travelers who aren't fond of trains for some reason can always choose planes: there are airports in almost all major Russian cities, and some are built specifically for the championship, like the one in Rostov-on-Don.