Russia 2018 World Cup – Ready to Inspire! England fail to do so in betting
It has been a somewhat troubling experience, but FIFA have settled on Russia to host the 2018 World Cup. Ironically, the Russian cry for their World Cup bidding was “Ready To Inspire” which “inspiring” is what the voting process from FIFA has been anything but. The build up to the final decision from FIFA was abound with allegations of corruption, bribery and other nefarious business doings. There was mud slinging and accusations from both England and Russia, the two strongest competitors in the race to host the 2018 World Cup. England, after successful inspections of facilities were announced to have had the best technical bid of all the nations and looked strong favourites. The infrastructure of a sporting nation was already in place, along with large capacity stadiums which could easily cope with the demand of a world cup. England’s bid was “exceptional and remarkable” led by David Beckham, the Prime Minister and Prince William. Clearly it wasn’t remarkable enough as they only got two votes from members, the lowest out of the final shortlist of Russia, Spain/Portugal and Netherlands/Belgium. It is this bewildering stat which has thrown up a lot of distrust and hurt from the England camp. However, all that counts for nothing now. FIFA are steadfast in their resolve, amidst the calls for investigations into the proceedings and future operations, that they will not change their voting system for the future. So, with all the dust settling, Russia are the 2018 World Cup hosts, and it really is a great opportunity for the nation to inspire themselves and eastern Europe in holding a Premier world sporting event. The final decision has been over a year coming from FIFA, from the time the first bids were officially placed in March of 2009. Now we look forward.
So what will Russia offer to the world for the 2018 World Cup? Well, there is their strong culture which is actually quite diverse, which should bring a lot of colour to the world cup. Hopefully there are no Vuvuzelas in Russia. As a territory, Russia is so broad in size that it spans eleven time zones. The plan from the Russian bid was to break up the organisation of the World Cup fixtures into five main zones, embracing thirteen main cities for the World Cup. Russia, far out east in something of a European footballing wilderness, needs to get building in order to deal with high capacity crowds. Russia’s main stadium is the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, with will have just under a 90,000 capacity when updated, but all of the rest of the proposed Stadiums are between 40,000 and 50,000. That hasn’t worried the Russians though, as they plan to renovate and completely rebuild thirteen of the sixteen stadia from scratch. The plans are to construct new arenas for the world’s greatest football tournament, ones that are modern, updated and will breathe fresh air through Russia’s domestic football scene as well. This is actually inspiring and exciting times for Russia and their football demographics, so the chance to inspire is really in their hands now. It could really drag Russia up by its heels and inject some life into what really should be a powerhouse in international football.
It will be the first time that Russia have hosted a World Cup, only two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. The thirteen hosts cities from the successful Russia will have 16 Stadiums spread out across the western section of the vast nation in this format:
Volga: Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Yaroslavl, Samara, Volgograd and Saransk
South: Krasnodar, Rostov On Don and Sochi