<![CDATA[FIFA.com - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedSat, 02 Dec 2017 15:52:00 GMTSat, 02 Dec 2017 19:23:05 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![CDATA[Russia 2018 stadiums ready to welcome fans]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=12/news=russia-2018-stadiums-ready-to-welcome-fans-2922569.htmlSat, 02 Dec 2017 15:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Russia 2018 colourful installation built on Manezhnaya Square]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=12/news=russia-2018-colourful-installation-built-on-manezhnaya-square-2922511.htmlA colourful new installation dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia has been opened in front of the Moscow Manege exhibition centre ahead of the Final Draw on Friday, when the competing nations discover their fate in the Russia 2018 group stages.

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Sat, 02 Dec 2017 09:24:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Superfans to attend Final Draw]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=superfans-to-attend-final-draw-2922110.htmlWitnessing the Final Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and being handed a ticket to a match in your home town by a genuine football legend – what could be a better gift for a life-long football fan? Eleven lucky supporters experienced that feeling in Moscow.

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017 22:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Ivan Urgant to host Final Draw Show]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=11/news=ivan-urgant-to-host-final-draw-show-2921854.htmlRussian actor and presenter Ivan Urgant has been chosen to host the show. One of the acts planned for is popular singer Alsou, who will have a surprise in store for the occasion: a song written specially for the Final Draw.]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Russia 2018 stadium progress: October 2017]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=russia-2018-stadium-progress-october-2017-2918314.htmlFIFA.com provides readers with a full breakdown of how progress is going with the construction and renovation of the tournament’s stadiums.]]>Tue, 31 Oct 2017 03:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[FIFA and LOC assess Russia 2018 preparations]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=10/news=fifa-and-loc-assess-2018-world-cup-preparations-2911010.htmlA joint delegation of specialists from FIFA and the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Local Organising Committee (LOC) has concluded its sixth stadium operational planning tour.

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Fri, 06 Oct 2017 17:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Russia 2018 stadium progress: September 2017]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=russia-2018-stadium-progress-september-2017-2909902.html

Every month, FIFA.com provides readers with a full breakdown of how progress is going with the construction and renovation of Russia 2018 stadiums.

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Thu, 28 Sep 2017 18:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Football heralds return to school in Russia 2018 Host Cities]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=9/news=football-heralds-return-to-school-in-russia-2018-host-cities-2906375.htmlThe Day of Knowledge on 1 September celebrates the return of children to school in Russia and this year it enjoyed a football-inspired theme this year, with Host Cities dedicating lessons to the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup™.

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Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Update on Russia 2018 stadium progress]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=update-on-russia-2018-stadium-progress-2905996.htmlWed, 30 Aug 2017 20:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Pitches laid at Russia 2018 stadiums]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=8/news=pitches-laid-at-russia-2018-stadiums-2902932.htmlAs the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ draws closer, construction on all the tournament's stadiums continues apace. Every month FIFA.com updates fans on how progress is going.

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Fri, 04 Aug 2017 09:59:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[FIFA World Cup brings renewed airport, hotels, stadium and beach to Volgograd]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=7/news=fifa-world-cup-brings-renewed-airport-hotels-stadium-and-beach-to-volg-2902067.htmlAn inspection visit to Volgograd, headed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Vitaly Mutko, allowed the city to showcase key preparations for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

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Wed, 26 Jul 2017 11:47:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Confederations Cup exhibition unveiled on Moscow Metro]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2017/m=6/news=confederations-cup-exhibition-unveiled-on-moscow-metro-2894807.htmlTue, 13 Jun 2017 18:09:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[World Cup construction continues as Confed Cup draws near]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=5/news=world-cup-construction-continues-as-confed-cup-draws-near-2888980.htmlAs the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ draws closer, construction on all the tournament's stadiums continues apace. Every month FIFA.com updates fans on how progress is going.

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Fri, 26 May 2017 14:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[World Cup stadiums improving day by day]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=4/news=world-cup-stadiums-improving-day-by-day-2880773.htmlFIFA.com updates fans on how progress is going.]]>Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:53:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Volunteer Training Begins]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2017/m=4/news=fifa-confederations-cup-russia-2017-volunteer-training-begins-2879187.htmlVolunteers for the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 took centre stage as training for those taking part in helping run the upcoming tournament began, with wishes of good luck coming from a few famous faces.

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Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:30:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017
<![CDATA[Russia 2018 stadiums to be greener and more sustainable]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=4/news=russia-2018-stadiums-to-be-greener-and-more-sustainable-2879119.htmlWith the aim to continue to foster green building standards at FIFA World Cup stadiums, the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC) hosted a practical workshop to discuss current practices of green building standards application, best practices for innovative design solutions and aspects of stadium management and operation after certification.

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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 12:31:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Working conditions seminar held in Moscow]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=working-conditions-seminar-held-in-moscow-2876391.htmlFri, 17 Mar 2017 14:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Luzhniki Stadium blossoms as it prepares for a new chapter ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=3/news=luzhniki-stadium-blossoms-as-it-prepares-for-a-new-chapter-2874700.htmlIt may have more than six decades of history, but the Luzhniki Stadium is set to begin a whole new lease of life ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

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Mon, 06 Mar 2017 08:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[International volunteer candidates to learn Russian]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=2/news=international-volunteer-candidates-to-learn-russian-2866781.htmlFri, 10 Feb 2017 15:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=VolunteersKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Ice, fire & football: The Host Cities celebrate 500 days to Russia 2018]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=1/news=ice-fire-football-the-host-cities-celebrate-500-days-to-russia-2018-2865509.htmlThere is not long to go now. In 500 days' time, football fans from all over the world can put an end to the expectation and once again enjoy the best national teams on the planet competing against each other for an entire month.

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Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Vitaly Mutko assesses Nizhny Novgorod's World Cup preparations]]>/worldcup/news/y=2017/m=1/news=vitaly-mutko-assesses-nizhny-novgorod-s-world-cup-preparations-2865154.htmlWed, 25 Jan 2017 14:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Russian cities ready to welcome FIFA Confederations Cup]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2017/m=1/news=russian-cities-ready-to-welcome-fifa-confederations-cup-2863719.htmlWed, 18 Jan 2017 13:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Special Confederations Cup metro trains unveiled]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=12/news=special-confederations-cup-metro-trains-unveiled-2861965.htmlFri, 23 Dec 2016 12:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Ovechkin: I'll always admire Messi]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=ovechkin-always-admire-messi-2856759-2857081.htmlStar ice hockey player and Russia forward Alexander Ovechkin sits down for an exclusive interview with FIFA.com after being named the latest 2018 FIFA World Cup Ambassador. 

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Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Ovechkin named Russia 2018 Ambassador]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=ovechkin-named-russia-2018-ambassador-2856659.htmlIce hockey star Alexander Ovechkin, who has won the World Championships three times for Russia, has been appointed as the latest Ambassador for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

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Tue, 29 Nov 2016 16:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Confederations Cup stadiums awaiting fans at "Tournament of Champions"]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=confederations-cup-stadiums-awaiting-fans-at-tournament-of-champions-2856646.htmlFIFA.com provides an update on how progress is going. The focus in November is on the venues preparing to welcome fans and players at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 in six months' time.]]>Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Semak joins team of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Ambassadors]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=semak-joins-team-of-2018-fifa-world-cup-russiatm-ambassadors-2855295.htmlFormer midfielder and Russia captain Sergei Semak has been named as an Ambassador for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. Semak was unveiled in this role on 25 November in Kazan ahead of the Official Draw of the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 taking place in the city.

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Sat, 26 Nov 2016 14:08:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Russia 2018 Volunteer Programme reaches over 150,000 applications]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=russia-2018-volunteer-programme-reaches-over-150-000-applications-2853741.htmlWith just over a month left before the campaign to recruit volunteers for the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ comes to an end, the figures are already very impressive. 

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Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:49:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=VolunteersKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Utiasheva: Volunteers always create the feeling of profound respect]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=utiasheva-volunteers-always-create-the-feeling-of-profound-respect-2850969.htmlLiasan Utiasheva spoke to FIFA.com about the role of volunteers in preparing and hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ and the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.

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Wed, 16 Nov 2016 09:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Russia's youthful footballing passion through Brazilian eyes]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=11/news=brazilian-snapshots-of-russian-youngsters-passion-for-the-game-2848232.htmlFIFA.com about his upcoming projects, his recent trip to Russia and his expectations about the upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.]]>Tue, 08 Nov 2016 08:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Stadium roof erected in Rostov-on-Don]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=stadium-roof-erected-in-rostov-on-don-2847050.htmlFIFA.com updates fans on how progress is going.]]>Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:26:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Gerello: Passion for football and music in Saint Petersburg]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=gerello-passion-for-football-and-music-in-saint-petersburg-2846951.htmlFIFA.com about what the tournament means for the city on the Neva River.]]>Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[TV personalities become Russia 2018 Ambassadors]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=tv-personalities-become-russia-2018-ambassadors-2845053.htmlWed, 19 Oct 2016 18:28:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Butman: We'll summon up our strength and be wonderful hosts]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=butman-we-ll-summon-up-our-strength-and-be-wonderful-hosts-2844742.htmlAfter being announced as a 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Host City amabassador for Saransk, saxophonist Igor Butman speaks with FIFA.com about the relationship between jazz and football in an exclusive interview.

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Tue, 18 Oct 2016 19:57:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Nizhny Novgorod gearing up for World Cup]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=nizhny-novgorod-already-enjoying-world-cup-fever-2843650.htmlEach month FIFA.com rounds up some of the most intriguing stories from around the Host Cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. This month we visit Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Ekaterinburg and Samara.

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Fri, 14 Oct 2016 12:13:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Future residents inspired by Samara Arena]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=крыльев-советов-посетили-строиплощадку-самара-арены-2842985-2843165.htmlThu, 13 Oct 2016 08:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Volunteer hopefuls give unique insight]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=volunteer-hopefuls-give-unique-insight-2842628.htmlWed, 12 Oct 2016 17:48:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=VolunteersKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Legendary Russian footballer turns 90]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=legendary-russian-footballer-turns-90-2843052.htmlNikita Simonyan, USSR's first captain and scorer at a FIFA World Cup, becomes the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ Ambassador on his 90th birthday.

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Wed, 12 Oct 2016 17:41:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Russia 2018 LOC, FIFA and STRI conduct World Cup pitch inspection]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=10/news=russia-2018-loc-fifa-and-stri-conduct-world-cup-pitch-inspection-2840542.htmlWed, 05 Oct 2016 11:07:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Ekaterinburg Arena prepares for a new life]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=ekaterinburg-arena-prepares-for-a-new-life-2838049.html As the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia draws ever nearer, construction on all the tournament's stadiums continues apace. Here is FIFA.com's monthly update on how progress is going.]]>Fri, 30 Sep 2016 13:14:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[When the mascots came to life in London]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=when-the-mascots-came-to-life-in-london-2837525.htmlThu, 29 Sep 2016 11:50:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Vesnina: Sea, mountains and football in Sochi]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=thu-22-09-elena-vesnina-sea-mountains-and-football-in-sochi-2835909.htmlFIFA.com about the city's charms ahead of the two tournaments set to grace the Black Sea resort.]]>Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:01:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Aspiring volunteers from across the world eager for Russian experience]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=aspiring-volunteers-from-across-the-world-eager-for-russian-experience-2833763.htmlThu, 15 Sep 2016 13:19:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=VolunteersKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[New transport ring unites football venues in Moscow]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=new-transport-ring-unites-football-venues-in-moscow-2833355.htmlFIFA.com brings you last month's news highlights from the cities preparing to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Sochi's surge in popularity, St. Petersburg’s recognition as the tourism capital of Europe, new Host City ambassadors and a recently opened transport service in Moscow all feature.

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Wed, 14 Sep 2016 19:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Operational planning tour identifies key priorities for Host Cities]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=operational-planning-tour-identifies-key-priorities-for-host-cities-2833277.htmlSeptember 2016 sees the programme of visits to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ stadiums reach one more milestone, with a delegation of FIFA and Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee experts currently conducting a fourth operational planning tour.

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Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:20:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Interviews begin for 2017 and 2018 volunteers]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=interviews-begin-for-2017-and-2018-volunteers-2831442.htmlThu, 08 Sep 2016 16:02:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=VolunteersKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Russia 2018 volunteer programme hits 100,000 applications]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=russia-2018-volunteer-programme-hits-100-000-applications-2830776.htmlMon, 05 Sep 2016 15:14:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=VolunteersKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Football stars share their experience and excitement]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=9/news=football-stars-share-their-experience-and-excitement-2830083.htmlThu, 01 Sep 2016 15:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[History and comfort: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium's unique position]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=history-and-comfort-nizhny-novgorod-stadium-s-unique-position-2824164.htmlWed, 31 Aug 2016 08:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Datsyuk: The World Cup in Russia will be unforgettable]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=datsyuk-the-world-cup-in-russia-will-be-unforgettable-2823877.htmlFIFA.com hears from Pavel Datsyuk about his thoughts on Russia 2018, with the ice hockey star named FIFA World Cup ambassador for Yekaterinburg.]]>Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:03:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Preparations for World Cup in Saransk on schedule]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=preparations-for-fifa-world-cup-in-saransk-on-schedule-2824033.htmlFIFA.com takes a look at how the preparations are going in Saransk, the smallest of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Host Cities, ahead of the global extravaganza touching down in the Mordovian capital in two years' time.

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Mon, 29 Aug 2016 11:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™