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Nizhny Novgorod chooses unique place for World Cup 2018 stadium

01.02.2013 | Source: Pravda.Ru


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The Nizhny Novgorod region prepares to host the FIFA World Cup 2018. A new stadium will be built in the region to hold a world-class sports event. A unique place was chosen for the construction of the stadium. The place is known as the Arrow, for it is the confluence of two rivers. This is a well-known and image-making location for the whole region. FIFA experts have already estimated the project as "excellent."


According to local officials, the Arrow was chosen for several reasons. First, it is the center of the city of Nizhny Novgorod. Secondly, it has very good transport communication: two kilometers to the railway station, two kilometers to the river station and four kilometers to Minin Square, where the fan zone will be organized.


According to architects, the stadium will fit perfectly into the landscape area and will not contradict to building accents.


"We need a good place for a variety of events. Moreover, the project stipulates a possibility of transforming the stadium, regulating the quantity of stands. It will be possible to use it not only for football competitions, but also, for example, for equestrian sports, track athletics - anything, " said the head of the Nizhny Novgorod Region, Valery Shantsev.


The governor also said that the construction of the unique stadium by Russian standards would give a great impetus to the development of regional sports.


On December 19, 2012 Nizhny Novgorod signed a state contract for the design and survey works for the construction of the 45,000-strong stadium for the games of the World Cup 2018.


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UK ready to share experience with Russia


(FIFA.com) Monday 18 February 2013


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Alexey Sorokin, CEO of the Local Organising Committee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, has visited the United Kingdom to hold meetings with some of the UK’s key sports administrators, including the former chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) in 2012, Lord Sebastian Coe; the UK’s sports minister, Hugh Robertson; and the chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), Sir John Armitt. They also met representatives of UK business and officials from the world of football.


The two sides discussed planning and staging major sporting events, focusing in particular on managing construction projects and devising a legacy programme. UK representatives said they were ready to work together with the Russia 2018 LOC, and share the experience and practices they were able to harness as they planned and organised the 2012 London Olympics.


Lord Coe: Russia 2018 could put in place a comprehensive, long-term legacy


Sorokin and Lord Coe met at the headquarters of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which now houses the famous Briton’s offices. Once the 2012 Olympics were over, Lord Coe, who chaired the organising committee, was appointed the UK’s Olympics legacy ambassador and an adviser to the UK prime minister on the successful delivery of that legacy.


The international sporting community has already recognised the 2012 Olympics legacy as a model example. Its major strength is its regeneration of a depressed industrial area in East London through the construction of a large proportion of the facilities required for the Games, including the Olympic Stadium and the Olympic Village. When the Games ended, the Olympic Village was transformed into a residential area comprising almost 3,000 affordable apartments, parkland and all the required infrastructure.


Many of the facilities used for the 2012 Olympics were temporary. For example, the Olympic Stadium’s capacity was lowered from 80,000 to 25,000 once the Games were over, in order to help the owners control the costs required for its upkeep.


Alexey Sorokin pointed out that the example provided by the London Olympics was of great interest to Russia 2018’s organisers.


“We were interested in their innovative approaches to constructing and managing sports facilities. In my view, their experience of transforming an unwanted industrial area in East London into a modern housing complex by building the Olympic Village is highly relevant to the Russian host cities which will be staging the World Cup in 2018. We will develop the ideas pursued by our UK colleagues and use their experience as we make preparations for our tournament,” said the CEO of the Russia 2018 LOC.


For his part, Lord Coe stressed that Russia is a new market for world football and for FIFA, and staging FIFA’s showpiece event in Russia would provide an excellent opportunity to put in place a comprehensive, long-term legacy for the country.


"Alexey Sorokin and I have known each other for some time, so I was pleased to welcome him to London. We discussed potential areas of cooperation regarding planning, managing and delivering successful global events such as the 2018 World Cup, where there is a lot of interest on the part of both UK government and business in sharing our London 2012 experience with our Russian counterparts." Lord Coe said at the end of the meeting.


Hugh Robertson and Sir John Armitt: Management system plays a key role


The meeting between Alexey Sorokin and UK Sports Minister Hugh Robertson focused on the management of preparations for major sporting events. In the case of the London Olympics, it was Robertson’s department which directly monitored preparations for the Games and the work of LOCOG and the ODA.


The minister drew the attention of the Russia 2018 LOC representatives to the need to ensure that all the facilities to be used for the tournament should be handed over a year in advance of the event. Hugh Robertson also pointed out that, over the seven years it spent preparing for the Olympics, his department had accumulated a great deal of experience, and he would be happy to share that experience with Russia.


During their visit, the LOC delegation had another intensive meeting with Sir John Armitt, chairman of the ODA, the organisation responsible for managing and monitoring the construction of facilities for the 2012 Olympics. Armitt spoke about the project management methods the ODA used, as well as the most effective methods of monitoring expenditure and the ODA’s efforts to ensure that facilities were completed on schedule and in line with the required standards.


As well as the meetings where they studied the experience of the London Olympics in 2012, the Russia 2018 LOC delegation, which also included senior officials from Arena-2018, also visited the UK’s leading stadiums – Wembley, the Emirates, Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford and the Etihad. In addition, LOC representatives met senior police officers responsible for ensuring security at football matches and discussed how to provide security at major sporting events.


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Akinfeev: Ambassador role a massive honour

(LOC) Sunday 3 March 2013


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Igor Akinfeev is widely regarded as the best Russian goalkeeper since Lev Yashin and Rinat Dasayev. He made his first-team debut for CSKA Moscow when he was 16, and now, at 26, is one of the national team's most experienced players. In October 2012, he set a new national record by going 708 minutes without conceding a goal. In his country's colours, Akinfeev has recorded clean sheets since August 2011.


The keeper preferred not to discuss the records he had set, but was is more than happy to reflect on Russia's successful start to the qualifiers for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, in which they have won their first four matches without conceding a goal. For Akinfeev, much of the credit for this goes to their new coach, Fabio Capello.


"Capello is a top specialist," Akinfeev said. "He goes about his work really well and I think anyone would be able to see that. The thing with Capello is that he has achieved results not only in Italy and in Spain, but here in Russia as well."


"The main characteristics of his management style are firm discipline, great organisation and minute attention to detail. At first, the scrupulousness with which he went about his business might have struck some people as a bit odd, but over time it has become clear that in football there is nothing so trivial that it doesn't matter. I have to admit that I like working with Capello, it gives me a lot of pleasure. But there's no relaxing when he’s around. If you lose concentration for just a second, he'll have someone taking your place in the national team."


By the end of 2012, Russia found themselves comfortably leading their Brazil 2014 qualification group, having opened up a five-point lead over Israel and Portugal. Such has been their form that fans are starting to look forward to their team gracing the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 12 years. For now though, Akinfeev is reluctant to speculate about what Russia might achieve in Brazil, preferring instead to focus on the team's short-term objectives.


"First thing's first, we still have to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil,” he insisted. “All Russia's toughest qualifiers still lie ahead. That includes Northern Ireland in Belfast in March, our away match in Portugal and a tough game in Baku. Moreover, you have to set your targets based on the strength of the team. We're not Spain yet, so we can't expect to win every tournament, and we're not the Italians, who are capable of reaching finals whatever form they're in. We have to take a realistic view of our chances, and so the first thing we need to do is earn the right to go to the World Cup."


Coming back stronger


Looking back at Akinfeev's achievements in 2012, it is fair to say that he had a successful year. Yet it all started with him recovering from a serious injury he picked up during the Moscow derby between CSKA and Spartak. The shot-stopper damaged his cruciate ligaments, and was ruled out for at least six months. Despite the grim prognosis, a mixture of arduous rehabilitation and self-discipline helped him return to action in the spring, several months earlier than expected.


"When a sportsman picks up an injury, particularly a serious one, it's always really tough psychologically," Akinfeev admitted. "In those instances, I always draw energy from my friends and family, who are ready to help me whenever I need it. The whole time I was injured, there was one thought that kept me going: the sooner I recover, the sooner I can make it back out onto the pitch. During my months on the sidelines, I started looking at things differently.


When you play for one of the country's top teams, when you win trophies and earn recognition, you quickly get used to that. It feels as if that's the way it's always going to be. But football isn't that simple. During their careers, players face lots of trials and tribulations. For me, that means injuries, and I've had to overcome them. To get through that and to get back to my previous level was, for me, the ultimate motivation. Now I appreciate every training session, every minute I spend on the pitch for club and country."


On 20 March 2012, a month before his return to action, Akinfeev was appointed the first ambassador for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. At a special ceremony, the goalkeeper was presented with his ambassador's certificate by the chairman of the Russia 2018 LOC, Vitaly Mutko, who pointed out that "Igor is as a genuine role model for millions of Russian boys, and epitomises all the best qualities of a man and a sportsman".


Akinfeev himself admitted that becoming the first Russia 2018 ambassador has had a profound effect on him. "The LOC's offer to become an ambassador came out of the blue, but I didn't have to think twice and agreed right away. For me, it's a massive honour, a source of pride and a great responsibility. I have to admit that it was particularly touching for me to receive the offer just as I was in the process of recovering from my injury. Usually, at times like those, everyone forgets about you for a while. But in this case, not only did they remember me, they handed me this really important mission! I was pleasantly surprised, and it gave me a new lease of life. To me, it meant that I had actually achieved something with my performances.


"I always try to live up to this honour and status by behaving the right way, both on the pitch and off. I think World Cup ambassadors should embody everything that's best about football, and fight some of the negatives which, unfortunately, you sometimes see in the game. Above all, you have to influence the atmosphere in the stands. At the moment, things aren't going so well in that respect. If we want football to develop, we need to improve the situation straight away. I think that some work's already being done to deal with this."


Dreaming of Russia 2018


The opening match of Russia 2018 is just over five years away, and the host nation is now focusing on intensive preparations for the tournament. Five stadiums scheduled to host Russia 2018 matches are in the process of being built, and work has begun on the design of the remaining seven arenas. The government is preparing to give the go-ahead for a programme of investment in infrastructure ahead of the tournament. Against that backdrop, there is ever more debate about how the FIFA World Cup could change or even transform Russia.


"For the whole world, and even for people living in our country, Russia will be seen from an entirely new perspective," said Akinfeev. "As footballers, we often travel around the country, but even we can't imagine just how rich and colourful Russia is. Thanks to the World Cup, hundreds of thousands of tourists from right around the world will be visiting Samara, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don and the other cities. As they follow their national teams, supporters will have the opportunity to learn about the culture and everyday life of Russia's cities. I'm sure that they will be left with really warm and vivid impressions of Russia, and many of them will want to come back here again and again."


"Last of all, for me, as a footballer, it's particularly important that the country will be getting a new sporting infrastructure, and this will also mean that thousands of kids will have the opportunity to take up football. There'll be new stadiums, which we don't have enough of at the moment, and that will mean that Russian football can continue to make rapid progress. Once the new stadiums are in place, we can expect to see sell-outs again, with more women and children coming to matches."


In 2018, Igor Akinfeev will be 32. As a goalkeeper, he should still be at his peak and enjoying a period in his career when he can benefit most from his physical condition and vast experience. Not that anyone would call him inexperienced today. This year, he will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of his first-team debut. Yet his desire to lead his national team out at a FIFA World Cup on home soil, to the strains of the Russian national anthem, is as strong as it was ten or 20 years ago, when it was just the dream of a talented teenager at CSKA's football academy.


"I'm aware that, at the moment, it's still just a dream,” he said as our interview drew to a close. “There are still five years to go until the World Cup, and that's a long time for a footballer to get through and to keep performing at the same level. All I've done so far is to take the first small step along that road. To play in a World Cup is a dream for any player who wants to achieve something big in football. At the moment I'm feeling proud of my country, and proud of the fact that Russia has earned the right to host such a massively important tournament."


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TOPHOTELPROJECTS: hotel construction boom in Russia continues – FIFA World Cup in 2018


(Hamburg, Germany – 27th February 2013) Within the next year the new winner of 2014 Olympia will be awarded: the Winter Olympics 2014 will take place from 7th till 23rd February in Sochi at the Black Sea. Several new hotels will be built in this paradisiac vacation destination in southern Russia for this sport event. The largest construction project will be a building complex with six new luxury hotels, operated by Interstate Hotels & Resorts. The whole complex will feature 1,564 rooms. Three of the six hotels will be Marriott hotels. This information has been revealed by www.tophotelprojects.com, the worldwide leading provider of global b2b hotel data. The opening will be in autumn this year.


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Accor prepares the opening of a Mercure hotel (152 rooms) for this year’s April. Further a new Hyatt Regency hotel in Sochi (270 rooms, opening in October 2013) is under construction. In autumn an exclusive Capella hotel (59 suites) by the luxury hotelier Horst Schulze should be inaugurated. Another two properties of the Capella hotel chain will open in May by the Solis brand (in total 172 rooms). Before the end of the year the Rezidor Hotel Group will open a Park Inn hotel (160 rooms) in Sochi. Another Park Inn hotel (198 rooms) will follow in June 2014. In September a new Swissotel (200 rooms) will start to operate.


The next large event in Russia is due in 2018: from the 8th June till the 8th July the FIFA World Cup will take place in twelve large cities, such as Moscow, St. Petersburg as well as Sochi. This supports the hotel construction in Russia enormously. According to TOPHOTELPROJECTS 117 new hotels with more than 37,000 hotel rooms are currently under construction or planed in Russia.


Russia expects over a million foreign guests to the FIFA World Cup 2018. The Russian Government promises the hotel operators tax exemption for a year, so that the hotel investments are profitable. According to a study of the accounting and consulting firm KPMG the number of hotel rooms by international hotel chains should rise from nearly 22,000 rooms at late October 2012 to nearly 47,000 rooms in 2018. The Rezidor Group is the most active hotel chain. Until 2018 the number of Rezidor hotels should increase to 40. Twelve Russian hotels by the brand Marriott International are currently in operation. Until 2018 ten new hotels should enter the market.


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Kaliningrad World Cup Stadium

World Cup capacity: 45,015

after world cup: 25,000

Construction should be completed by 1 May 2017.


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Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup extends its responsibilities to cover 2018 and 2022

(FIFA.com) Tuesday 19 March 2013


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The Organising Committee for the FIFA World Cup™ convened at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on 19 March 2013. During the meeting, it was agreed that the committee’s responsibilities should be extended to also cover decisions related to the preparations for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.


“Considering that we have three FIFA World Cups in simultaneous preparation, it was necessary to extend this FIFA decision forum to cover not only the 2014 event but also the next two events,” explained FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke.


FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, who opened the meeting, underlined his confidence in the strength of the unity forged in recent months by FIFA, the LOC and the Brazilian authorities to stage two great football festivals in June 2013 and June/July 2014.


The Local Organising Committee, led by President José Maria Marin and CEO Ricardo Trade, provided the committee – which includes the entire FIFA Executive Committee – with a comprehensive update on the preparations.


It was also confirmed that the Final Draw for the Brazil 2014 will take place at Costa do Sauipe in Bahia at 13.00 local time (17.00 CET) on 6 December 2013.


Next week will see a further 84 qualifying matches take place from 22-26 March in all six confederations. So far, 476 qualifying matches have been played with another 344 to be completed before the final line-up of 32 teams is known.


The meeting also included the draw for the AFC qualifiers, with the third-placed team in Group B set to face its counterpart from Group A at home on 6 September. The return match will take place on 10 September.


The chairman of the FIFA Medical Committee Michel D’Hooghe provided a positive report on the preparations for the medical services at the FIFA Confederations Cup and the FIFA World Cup for all parties, ranging from the teams to the spectators, and also including the plans that will be put in place for major emergencies.


As a first decision on the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the organising committee also approved a proposal from the Russia 2018 LOC that the Preliminary Draw take place in Saint Petersburg on either 24 or 25 July 2015.


Following the meeting, FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter and FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke met Brazil’s Sports Minister, Aldo Rebelo.


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LOC stages Russia 2018 exhibit in Moscow

(FIFA.com) Friday 29 March 2013
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The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has staged an exhibit focusing on Russia’s hosting of the world’s premier football tournament in five years’ time. The event took place in Moscow between 26 and 28 March, as part of the annual Sport exhibition show.
Visitors were given the chance to learn more about the vision underpinning Russia’s hosting of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, to explore all 11 of the tournament’s host cities through a virtual tour and to study sketches of the 12 stadiums where, five years from now, the best teams on the planet will be battling it out for the FIFA World Cup trophy.
Attending the launch of the exhibit was Russia’s Sports Minister and the chairman of the Russia 2018 LOC, Vitaly Mutko. Commenting on preparations for Russia 2018, he focused in particular on the building of the stadiums for FIFA’s showpiece event.
“As everyone knows, five of the 12 arenas for the World Cup are already under construction,” Mutko said. “In the seven cities where construction work is yet to get under way, we’ve already had the tenders for the stadium designs. In taking these projects forward, Russian companies will be working alongside leading foreign firms of designers. As well as their other projects, these foreign firms designed the stadiums for the World Cups in Germany and South Africa, and they’ve got a good grasp of FIFA’s requirements. As soon as April, we’re expecting to hear which designs have been chosen for four of the stadiums – in Volgograd, Ekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod and Rostov-on-Don. The design work for these arenas should be complete by the end of the year. As we build these stadiums, we’ll be making use of the successful experience they’ve had in Kazan, where the arena is scheduled to enter into commission very soon.”
This was the first time Muscovites have had the opportunity to visit the Russia 2018 exhibit, and it was open to all. One of the features that were especially popular with younger visitors was a display of official FIFA World Cup footballs, from the classic black-and-white Telstar used in Mexico in 1970 to the super-high-tech Jabulani, one of the symbols of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The best-informed visitors were given the chance to take part in a quiz and test their knowledge of the history of the FIFA World Cup and the history of Russian football, with the winners earning nice mementoes.
Among the visitors to the exhibit were a number of stars from Russian sport, such as athlete Marina Kuptsova, a world and European championship medallist in the high jump. “Our country knows how to organise the biggest sporting events and to do so at the very highest level,” Kuptsova said. “I’m speaking as a sportswoman who was lucky enough to take part in major international athletics championships. So I’m sure that Russia will be able to organise as big a tournament as the FIFA World Cup.”
Also visiting the exhibit and happy to share his views on Russia 2018 was four-time Olympic swimming champion Alexander Popov. “In terms of sporting and social infrastructure, the World Cup is massively important for our country,” Popov said. “Hotels, airports, new roads – that’s what the tournament’s legacy will be for Russians. But as well as that, it’s extremely important that our national team should perform well in front of their own fans. I’m hoping that, in 2018, I’ll be able to savour our team’s performances against the world’s strongest sides, both in my home town of Ekaterinburg and in the other host cities.”

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Even though Qatar is a depressing disaster, I'm looking forward to Russia's World Cup. I think it must have been bitterly disappointing for the English, who would have put on a remarkable WC, but I have no doubt that the Russians will do a superb job, unlike their Qatari colleagues. It will be fantastic to see the Sochi Olympic Stadium put into such high exposure use again only a few years after the Olympics, and seeing Moscow's Olympic Stadium at the centre of attention again.

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Russia 2018 LOC delivers update on FIFA World Cup preparations

(FIFA.com) Thursday 11 April 2013

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Russia 2018’s deputy CEO Alexander Djordjadze has today provided an update on the Local Organising Committee’s (LOC) preparations for hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.


Speaking at the Soccerex European Forum at Manchester Central, Djordjadze stressed the LOC’s achievements in its first development phase and outlined the priorities for 2013. “The foundations for hosting a FIFA World Cup in Russia are now firmly in place and I was delighted to be able to update the football community on our progress,” said Djordjadze.


"Since Russia was chosen to host the FIFA World Cup, the LOC has worked diligently with FIFA and our stakeholders and the results of these efforts can be seen by all. We have selected the 11 Host Cities, the venues for the opening match, the semi-finals and the Final are already confirmed and we also have our FIFA Confederations Cup concept in place.


The LOC’s plans will soon receive Russian government backing in two ways. By June, the federal government is expected to launch the infrastructure programme for works relating to Russia 2018, while Russia’s Federal Law on hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup is expected to be ratified later this year.


“The LOC finishes its part of the infrastructure programme and we are now expecting the federal government to launch the project,” Djordjadze said. “Once it does, and coupled with the introduction of the Federal Law, Russia 2018’s preparations will move up a gear.


“A big part of the next phase is to generate a sense of responsibility and anticipation in Russia before the eyes of the football world turn to us after Brazil 2014. I am confident that Russia will unite behind our vision of delivering an incredible FIFA World Cup experience from the whole heart of Russia.”


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Sorokin: Russia 2018 will be a journey of discovery

(FIFA.com) Thursday 18 April 2013
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Alexey Sorokin, the CEO of the Local Organising Committee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, spoke at the 76th annual AIPS Congress in Sochi on Thursday. Addressing leading sports journalists from 118 countries, he promised the tournament will be “a journey of discovery”.
Sorokin’s keynote speech took place in one of Sochi’s newly built hotels, overlooking the construction site of the new Fisht Stadium – venue for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Games, and matches at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017 and the following year's FIFA World Cup. Sorokin described Russia’s vision for the competition.
He said: “Three years ago in my presentation in Zurich, I quoted Sir Winston Churchill. He called Russia, ‘A riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma’. I believe that the FIFA World Cup will finally break these clichés and open Russia to the world on an unparalleled scale.
"We expect around a million international visitors, and they will see that Russia is much more than Moscow and St Petersburg. Memories from Russia 2018 will live in their hearts, and that is the most important legacy. Russia’s first-ever FIFA World Cup will be a journey of discovery – for Russians, and for the entire football family.”
Sorokin also provided the latest news on key foundational projects, including the extensive infrastructure programme: 400 individual building projects have been identified and the Federal Government will launch construction this summer. The programme will cover stadiums, team base camps, transport infrastructure, hotels, IT and communications and security.
During the media Q&A after the presentation, Sorokin was asked to expand on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Law and the dedicated Fans Law, both of which recently passed their first reading in the State Duma.
He said: “The Fans Law in particular is brand new – there is nothing like it in Russian law. The objective is to demand greater responsibility on people attending football matches and help implement a new culture among Russian football fans.
"The 2018 FIFA World Cup Law will make the 11 guarantees we made during the bid phase part of Russian legislation. It will make organising the FIFA World Cup easier and facilitate the creation of infrastructure.”

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I'm looking forward to Russia too. I think it'll be a nice World Cup!

Russia is charming

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I'm looking forward to Russia too. I think it'll be a nice World Cup!

Russia is charming

And contrasted to Brazil 2014.

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And contrasted to Brazil 2014.

Yes, from beaches to snowy landscapes, despite it'll be summer in Russia during the World Cup.

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FIFA chose correctly the hosts of the next 2 world cups. Russia will present us a great WC, and Qatar... Well, Qatar will make us dream about that world cup for a long time!

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2012 Annual Report on Russia 2018 preparations published
(FIFA.com) Monday 13 May 2013
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The Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC) has published its 2012 Annual Report on its preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The report can be viewed by clicking on the link to the right.
The key milestone in the report is the selection of the tournament’s Host Cities that has enabled detailed planning to begin for the construction and development of Russia 2018 venues and infrastructure. Stadium selection for the opening match, semi-finals and final of the Russian edition of the FIFA World Cup was also approved, along with host cities for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017.
Several marketing efforts were launched in 2012, including the LOC announcing the first Russia 2018 ambassador, Igor Akinfeev, while all of the selected Russia 2018 Host Cities unveiled their official tournament posters.
Commenting on the report, CEO of the Russia 2018 LOC, Alexey Sorokin, said: “We have tried to reflect the main achievements for 2012 in the report; this is in line with our aim to be inclusive and transparent in our communications around preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.”
Sorokin added: “Now we are focusing on the launch of a number of important strategic projects. These include drawing up the Infrastructure Programme in cooperation with some of our key stakeholders; monitoring the design and construction of the tournament stadiums, which will be the responsibility of Arena-2018, a special agency we set up by the LOC last year; and finalising the 2018 FIFA World Cup Bill, which should be ratified by the end of 2013.
“I’m sure that this solid foundation work in 2012, along with reviewing best practice from other global sports events, will help us to deliver an outstanding tournament for the world to enjoy in 2018.”

http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/russia2018/news/newsid=2077942/index.html

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Russia 2018 LOC Annual Report 2012 ( PDF) :

http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/tournament/loc/02/07/81/59/2012-annual-report_eng.pdf

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I like the overall shape, but that funnel of sticks in the center is not exciting to me at all. I hope the Ruskis get a better offer.

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Proposal by Populous - New Luzhniki Stadium 2018

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U mean another reconstruction for Luzhniki in how many years? 3rd in a dozen years? :blink: Haven't they just redone it for the IAAF meet this summer? I mean is it like on an Olympiad timetable -- a major redo every 4 years? :blink:

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Wow, that rebuild of the Moscow Olympic Stadium is hideous.

"New Money"

I thought it looked truly epic back in 2007, when I got to visit in person. How sad that it will go. With Tokyo - thats another iconic post-war Olympic Stadium gone. :( Melbourne's 1956 era stadium improvements were removed for the 2006 Games, and Rome's was altered dramatically for the 1990 World Cup.

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U mean another reconstruction for Luzhniki in how many years? 3rd in a dozen years? :blink: Haven't they just redone it for the IAAF meet this summer? I mean is it like on an Olympiad timetable -- a major redo every 4 years? :blink:

There wasn't any reconstruction for the IAAF championship itself
for 2018 they want to rise the capacity from 78000 to 89000
one of the choices was to demolish the stadium and build a new one

we will know more information in the upcoming months

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The funnel in the center of the roof is horrible IMO, the stadium would be much better without it since the design is actually not that bad.

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