eight teams, and so on for pots 3 and. 88 In Samara, new tram lines were laid. Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that the logo was inspired by "Russia's rich artistic tradition and its history of bold achievement and innovation and fifa President Sepp Blatter stated that it reflected the "heart and soul" of the country. It was the first World Cup to be held. Archived from the original on Retrieved "Inter Media Group secures World Cup rights in Ukraine". "fifa World Cup 2018: Notable teams that failed to qualify". Retrieved "Match report Group B Portugal v Morocco" (PDF). "Indonesia's bid to host the 2022 World Cup bid ends".
Controversial issues have included the level of racism in Russian football, and discrimination against lgbt people in wider Russian society. Archived from the original on 12 November 2017. "Russia on track for World Cup 2018, say fifa inspectors". Archived (PDF) from the original on Retrieved "Match report Round of 16 Spain v Russia" (PDF). Ten European teams and four South American teams progressed to the knockout stage, together with Japan and Mexico.