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Man, this is so much worse than Salt Lake 2002 bid scandal. Why the hell is Blatter still on power?

Good thing IAAF is not as stupid and greedy as FIFA and Doha got owned. :lol:

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Man, this is so much worse than Salt Lake 2002 bid scandal.

Why is that?

Care to elaborate? and before you start, can you prove what are you about to say?

Exactly. :)

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Russia 2018 host cities to be announced by FIFA in September

March 20 - FIFA will make a decision on which cities will host matches at the Russia 2018 World Cup this September, it was confirmed today.

The announcement was made at a press conference in Moscow, with Russia 2018 chief executive Alexey Sorokin (pictured left) and Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, also the organising committee chairman, in attendance along with FIFA marketing director Thierry Weil.

The host cities were initially to be confirmed in 2013, but Russia opted to bring forward the announcement a year to give them more time to prepare for the World Cup.

It was also confirmed that there will be 11 host cities, with two stadia in Moscow and one in the rest.

That means that Dynamo Moscow and Spartak Moscow will compete for their stadium to be used during the World Cup, as well as the Luzhniki in Moscow.

St Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi and Yekaterinburg are all set to be confirmed as host cities for the World Cup later this year, while other candidates include Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Volgograd, Samara, Saransk, Nizhny Novgorod, Yaroslavl and Kaliningrad.

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Russia 2018 also unveiled an interim event mark for the World Cup, a picture of the famous Jules Rimet trophy on a red background, which Mutko was keen to emphasise was only a temporary measure.

"This is an interim mark, don't judge us on the quality and look on the mark," he said.

"It has been done to be readable, easily recognisable and combined with the World Cup.

"It has not been done in a creative way – that is to come.

"This is a mark which...will be used from now until the real emblem is launched.

"This mark will only be used on certain locations here in Russia, when the host city announcement is done in September.

"Also the commercial affiliates who sign up will be able to use the mark."

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Russia 2018 also unveiled an interim event mark for the World Cup, a picture of the famous Jules Rimet trophy on a red background, which Mutko was keen to emphasise was only a temporary measure.

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It was also confirmed that there will be 11 host cities, with two stadia in Moscow and one in the rest.

That means that Dynamo Moscow and Spartak Moscow will compete for their stadium to be used during the World Cup, as well as the Luzhniki in Moscow.

St Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi and Yekaterinburg are all set to be confirmed as host cities for the World Cup later this year, while other candidates include Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar, Volgograd, Samara, Saransk, Nizhny Novgorod, Yaroslavl and Kaliningrad.

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Medvedev Slams ‘Disgraceful’ World Cup Stadium Build

Russian prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday the drawn-out construction of Zenit St. Petersburg’s new stadium “looks disgraceful” and said it would receive no more cash handouts from the government.

The stadium, set to be one of the arenas for the 2018 World Cup, was originally supposed to be completed in 2008 but remains unfinished, while costs have soared to a reported 29 billion rubles ($886 million).

“It’s not just a long build, it looks disgraceful,” he said, adding that the federal government would now only lend money to the project, rather than provide grants.

“It’s not right just to come to the Russian Federation budget and say ‘give me extra money’,” Medvedev said.

The stadium’s capacity will be 68,000, increased from the original figure of 62,000 to fit FIFA’s plans for the World Cup.

The completion date is set for 2014, Alexei Sorokin, the head of Russia’s World Cup organizing committee has said, although some reports have claimed the project may only be completed in 2017.

The stadium was designed to look like a spaceship by renowned Japanese architect Kisho Kurosawa, who died in 2007.

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia host cities to be announced on 29 September

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) and FIFA will announce the host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ on Saturday 29 September 2012 in Moscow. Further details on the format of the event will be communicated in due course.

Thirteen cities are competing to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia matches: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Saransk, Volgograd, Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Ekaterinburg.

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2018 FIFA World Cup Russia host cities to be announced on 29 September

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) and FIFA will announce the host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ on Saturday 29 September 2012 in Moscow. Further details on the format of the event will be communicated in due course.

Thirteen cities are competing to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia matches: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Saransk, Volgograd, Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Ekaterinburg.

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When's Qatar gonna announce it's host ... city!

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LOL!

@Gotosy I thought Russia was using 16 cities!?

Russia proposed 13 cities and 16 stadia at bid stage, but the number decreased as explained in the following wikipedia quote ;)

Russia has proposed the following host cities: Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Yaroslavl and Yekaterinburg. 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 number of stadium from 16 to 14. Construction of the proposed Podolsk stadium in the Moscow region was cancelled by the regional government, and Spartak Stadium is competing with Dinamo Stadium which will have been constructed first.

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Russia to drop two cities from 2018 World Cup shortlist

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia will drop two of 13 cities bidding to stage matches for the 2018 World Cup, head of the local organising committee (LOC) Vitaly Mutko said on Tuesday.

Saransk, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, Kaliningrad and Rostov are the most under threat.

"We have completed the formal review of all the candidate cities," Mutko, who is also Russia's Sports Minster, was quoted as saying by the ministry press office.

"As of today we still have 15 stadiums located in 13 cities but we plan to use only 12 venues in 11 cities, therefore our task is to pick the two cities that must be cut."

LOC plans to announce the host cities on September 29.

Moscow will have two venues: the 90,000-seat Luzhniki stadium, which will stage the final, and another to be chosen from two 45,000-seat arenas that are being built by the Spartak and Dynamo clubs.

"We have divided all 13 cities into three categories. Moscow, St Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi and Yekaterinburg are in a group that is best suited to host the matches," Mutko said.

"We have little doubt that two cities, Krasnodar and Samara, will also be fully prepared. Then we have the last group, consisting of five cities - Saransk, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, Kaliningrad and Rostov, that have problems.

"Most likely, two of those five cities will be cut from the final list," he added.

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LOC submits Russia 2018 Host Cities report to FIFA

Vitaly Mutko, the Russian Minister of Sport and chairman of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organising Committee, and LOC CEO Alexey Sorokin on Wednesday officially handed over the technical report on the 13 candidate Host Cities at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

The report is a result of the inspection tour which took place from 12 April to 22 June 2012. During these visits, the technical experts analysed the proposed stadiums and venue construction sites, examined airports and other infrastructure together with city and regional authorities vying for the right to host Russia 2018 matches.

The report evaluates the candidate host cities according to five criteria: current infrastructure, level of socio-economic development, investment programmes and plans for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, as well as the effective use of the tournament’s legacy.

The technical report will be the general basis for approval of the 2018 FIFA World Cup host cities at the FIFA Executive Committee meeting in Zurich on 27 and 28 September.

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The final list of the 2018 FIFA World Cup host cities will be announced on 29 September during a live broadcast of the Tonight (Segodnya Vecherom) show on Channel 1. The program will start at 9:20 pm, Moscow time.

13 Russian candidate cities divided into four geographic clusters compete to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup matches: Moscow (Central cluster); St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad (Northern cluster); Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Saransk and Volgograd (Volga cluster); Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Krasnodar (Southern cluster) as well as Ekaterinburg.

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2018 FIFA World Cup™ to be played in 11 Host Cities

Eleven Host Cities and twelve stadiums have been selected to host the 64 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

This was announced today, 29 September 2012, at a ceremony with Russian Minister of Sport and chairman of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC), Vitaly Mutko, and FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, which was broadcast live on Russia’s Channel 1 station.

Among the guests were FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke, LOC CEO Alexey Sorokin, Russia’s national team coach Fabio Capello, as well as Brazil’s FIFA World Cup™ champion Roberto Carlos.

Having been divided into four geographical clusters, the Host Cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup have been announced as follows: Moscow, the only city with two stadiums, namely Luzhniki and Spartak (central cluster); St. Petersburg and Kaliningrad (Northern cluster); Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Saransk and Volgograd (Volga cluster); Rostov-on-Don and Sochi (Southern cluster) as well as Ekaterinburg.

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Surprised Krasnodar was cut. Anyone know if there was stadium delays?

Probably a combo of stadium delays, maybe NOT the best hotel accommodations, maybe an incompetent city admin; didn't schmooze enuf with the Org Committee. It could be all of those.

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Russia budget for 2018 Fifa World Cup nearly doubles

Russia has revealed that its preliminary budget for holding the 2018 World Cup is almost twice what it projected when it won the bid in 2010.

Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko announced a budget of 600bn roubles (£12bn; $19bn), nearly 40% of which will go into building or renovating stadiums.

The rest of the money will be spent on transport and hotel infrastructure.

Russia beat off rival bids from England and other EU states to host the world's highest-profile single sports event.

Mr Mutko said the costs were expected to be split evenly between the public and private sectors.

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Surprised Krasnodar was cut. Anyone know if there was stadium delays?

because of sochi . sochi is in krasnodar region and they pick one city from the region

and it was sochi

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Russia united for 2018 FIFA World Cup Host Cities announcement

(LOC) Saturday 29 September 2012

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The ceremony to announce the Host Cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ took place on 29 September, and was broadcast on Russia’s Channel One TV.

With millions of viewers looking on, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and Vitaly Mutko, Russia’s Minister of Sport and Chairman of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC), named the 11 cities and 12 stadiums which, in six years’ time, will be hosting matches during the world’s largest sporting event.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Samara, Saransk, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Ekaterinburg.

It was also announced that Moscow will be staging its FIFA World Cup matches at two stadiums: Luzhniki and Spartak Moscow’s arena.

The ceremony was opened by Blatter and Mutko. The FIFA President flew to Moscow specially to take part in the announcement of the Host Cities for the FIFA World Cup. It was the first time the President of world football’s governing body has paid an official visit specifically in connection with preparations for Russia 2018.

“The confirmation of the host cities is our first significant step on the road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup,” noted the FIFA President as he addressed guests and viewers in his words of welcome. “It is very much the contribution made by the cities which determines the success of this massive sporting event.

“We are looking forward to fruitful cooperation in planning for the first FIFA World Cup to take place in eastern Europe,” Blatter continued.

“We’re pleased with the speed of preparations for the tournament which the Russia 2018 LOC has delivered ever since the host nation for the tournament was announced in December 2010. These sorts of achievements exemplify their enthusiasm and their responsible approach to the matter in hand.”

Stars in attendance

Also taking part in the ceremony were Jerome Valcke, FIFA’s Secretary General, Alexey Sorokin, CEO of the Russia 2018 LOC, Nikolay Tolstykh, President of the Russian Football Union, Fabio Capello, head coach of the Russian national team, Alexei Smertin, a former Russian national team captain, Roberto Carlos, who won the 2002 FIFA World Cup with Brazil, Valery Gazzaev, UEFA European Manager of the Year 2004/05, Viktor Ponedelnik, who scored the winning goal for the USSR in the final of the 1960 European Championships, and a number of well-known Russian actors and musicians.

The key role in the announcement belonged to the ceremony’s smallest participants – Maksim Shpinev and Artem Shpinev, two youngsters studying at Spartak Moscow’s football school and stars of the “Sasha, get up” video that was included in Russia’s winning bid for the right to host the 2018 showpiece. They led other participants out onto the stage and opened the envelopes containing the names of the cities.

Taking part in the live broadcast were all the cities that made it into the final list of Host Cities for Russia 2018. Each time the young footballers Maksim and Artem opened a new envelope in the studio, the city which had just been awarded FIFA World Cup Host City status linked up live with the Moscow studio.

The very first city to receive good tidings was St. Petersburg. At a studio on the northern capital’s Zayachy Island, which opens out onto a beautiful view of the city, renowned Russian artists and young pupils studying at one of the country’s leading football clubs, Zenit, shared their emotions.

Valery Gergiev, conductor and artistic director at the world famous Mariinsky Theatre, who was involved in Russia’s bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, explained how he felt about the Host Cities announcement: “I come onto the stage in order to gift the audience the music of the great composers,” said Gergiev.

“But ever since 2 December 2010, when I walked up onto the stage in Zurich as part of the Russian delegation to thank the FIFA Executive Committee for entrusting us with the 2018 FIFA World Cup, I have been dreaming of being a spectator, so that I can watch the virtuoso performances of the world’s greatest footballers at Russia’s World Cup stadiums. Today, that dream came a little bit closer.”

In Nizhny Novgorod, people waited for the announcement of the Host Cities for the FIFA World Cup in Minin and Pozharsky Square, which is where the city's Fan Fest will be taking place in six years’ time. Thousands of local people congregated in the square to support their home town and listen to a concert given by a well-known Russian band.

In Kazan, an exhibition match involving the Republic of Tatarstan’s student football league was arranged to coincide with the ceremony, which evolved into a real festival involving the whole country.

Entire nation enthralled

Indeed, the entire nation watched Channel One’s live broadcast on Saturday evening. Football supporters in every corner of Russia, from Arkhangelsk to Vladivostok, could feel that the world’s biggest sporting event is on its way.

Igor Akinfeev, goalkeeper for the Russian national team and the first Russia 2018 ambassador, who has been preparing for his next round of crucial matches for club and country, also got involved in what was a major event. “The World Cup’s around six years away, but already we can see that football fans are starting to look forward to a major festival,” said Akinfeev.

“I often travel to various parts of Russia and also abroad, and I can see how interest in Russia2018 is growing right across the world. And I’ve got this feeling of pride, because I am confident that, come 2018, Russia will stage a brilliant footballing festival!”

The official posters of the FIFA World Cup Host Cities were also unveiled at the ceremony. The posters stress the individual characteristics of the cities and reflect their connection with the upcoming tournament. The official posters can be viewed on the web pages of the Host Cities under the “Russia” section at the official website.

The news from Russia received a warm welcome from FIFA’s official partners and FIFA World Cup sponsors. “Coca-Cola is a long-standing and permanent FIFA partner, and has supported world football since 1974,” said Zoran Vucinic, President of Coca-Cola in Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.

“We are confident that our cooperation will continue for decades to come. Coca-Cola feels enthusiastic and optimistic about the 2018 FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia. We are confident that this will be one of the finest FIFA World Cups in history.”

At the end of Channel One’s live broadcast of the ceremony, Mutko pointed out: “The final selection of Host Cities is one of the most important stages on the road to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. In taking this decision, we have started our practical preparations for the tournament in 11 Russian cities.

“The cities chosen will be able to showcase in full our country’s cultural and historical diversity. At the same time, their potential, and their links with our national footballing tradition, will allow the FIFA World Cup to leave a powerful and constructive legacy.”

The final list of Host Cities was approved at a session of the FIFA Executive Committee in Zurich, just ahead of the official announcement. The basis for the FIFA Executive Committee’s decision was a report on the selection procedure for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Host Cities.

The report contained information on the candidate cities based on five criteria: the quality of the cities’ existing infrastructure, the extent of their socioeconomic development, their investment programmes, their vision for Russia 2018 and effective use of the tournament’s legacy.

The Russia 2018 Host Cities announcement was preceded by a year of painstaking work undertaken by the Russia 2018 LOC to gather and analyse information for the report, in order to ensure that the decision would be as open, objective and balanced as possible.

Start of full-scale preparations

The announcement of the final list of Host Cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup signals the start of full-scale preparations to put in place the sporting, transport and accommodation infrastructure required for the tournament.

Five of the stadiums nominated to host FIFA World Cup matches are already under construction – the arenas in St. Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi and Saransk, as well as Spartak Moscow’s stadium – and most of these will open to the public by 2014 at the latest.

By the end of this year, a plan will have been drawn up for the construction and reconstruction of stadiums for Russia 2018. Work is already underway on a federal law for the FIFA World Cup, and this piece of legislation was recently tabled at the State Duma, the lower house of parliament.

The successful staging of the most important event for the Russia 2018 LOC, in the just under two years since it was set up, paves the way to a new and important stage on the path to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, on the road to an unforgettable festival for the entire football community.

http://www.fifa.com/...1839/index.html

Blatter: The reaction in the cities was great

(FIFA.com) Sunday 30 September 2012

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After the announcement of the Host Cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, FIFA.comsummarised the quotes from a press briefing held in Moscow on Sunday.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter

On organisation of the 2018 FIFA World Cup

We are in a comfortable situation when it comes to the organisation of the FIFA World Cup inRussia 2018, as we are one year ahead of our schedule. This is a new approach on how we organise World Cups. We can realise two things: firstly the total support from the Government and the President of the country, this is a cornerstone to organising a World Cup. Secondly, we have professionals in charge of the organisation, with Vitaly Mutko and Alexey Sorokin. We have no doubt, that it will be a great success. What I witnessed yesterday at the announcement is something new and exceptional. The reaction in the cities was great. This is football: connecting people and bringing the enthusiasm in the regions. Unfortunately, not everybody can be happy of course, but this is also football: some win, and some lose.

On the difference between World Cups

Every World Cup has its own story. It depends of the characteristic of a country, how they tackle a project on the table which is not yet realised. Korea and Japan were so eager, they could have organised two World Cups. But, unfortunately, there are nowadays some white elephants and this is not what should be left as legacy. In Africa, they were dancing for one year, just because they got the World Cup, so we had to remind them to start working. Brazil is [ranked] number six in world economies, and is a country of football. When they realised they got the World Cup, they said, that they will be ready. There were some personal issues which have been solved. Now everybody is working hand-in-hand in Brazil with one goal, to deliver a great World Cup for Brazil and the fans. Russia, they started to work so hard, that’s why they are already one year ahead. I’m happy with this country where we are now.

On fan behaviour in Russia (after a game had recently been called off after fan riots)

Football is a mirror of society. We are now in a family of 300 million people that are directly involved in our game. All 300 million cannot be angels. In this game there is passion, and passion has no limit. This is not a special characteristic of Russia. It’s a question of education, not a question of football. The clubs must play a part with educational responsibility, you cannot give all the responsibility to FIFA. If it’s a problem, it needs to be identified and eliminated.

Russian Minister of Sports and FIFA Executive Committee Member Vitaly Mutko

On the task ahead

Congratulations to the cities who have been approved. It should be a unique event with great heritage for our country. As of tomorrow we will be able to work on a concrete list with a dedicated programme. We have a lot of serious work ahead of us.

On the exclusion of Krasnodar

It’s a World Cup that will be staged in the whole of the Russian Federation. This championship should be for everyone. The decision has been taken after thoughtful consideration and after inspection visits, taking into consideration a variety of things. The championship has the wish to show the cultural diversity of the country. In 2018, everybody needs to see the new Russia in all regions. Every region should have at least one city for the World Cup. There is nothing personal in this decision, it’s based on real hard facts. It’s not a tragedy, it’s a decision based on numerical facts. Those cities will still participate in the project, for example as team base camps or where fan events will take place. We have to leave a legacy and show all the facets of our country.

On the match venues

We have put forward a proposal that the opening and the final will be played in Moscow, as well as the semi-finals in St Petersburg and Moscow, which has now to be decided by the FIFA Executive Committee.

FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke

On the stadiums

Certain stadiums will be built with a maximum capacity for the World Cup and a reduced capacity after the World Cup, which is important for us. The stadiums will be linked to the size of the cities. Most of the stadiums will live as a piece of art after the World Cup. This will be the legacy in Russia.

CEO of the LOC Alexey Sorokin

This new important phase opens new horizons for us. We now have to tackle security, accommodation and transportation. We knew we had to come up with 12 stadiums, it’s not a random decision, it was a necessity.

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Moscow - Yekaterinburg - Nizhny Novgorod - Samara - Rostov-on-Don - Kaliningrad -Volgograd - Saransk

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But Krasnodar was more developed them Saransk or close to other cities then Kaliningrad or Yekaterinburg. Also the city proposed a larger stadium then most cities.

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