<![CDATA[FIFA.com - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ - News]]>http://www.fifa.com/index.htmlenCopyright ©1994 - 2015 FIFA. All rights reservedWed, 30 Nov 2016 18:07:00 GMTWed, 30 Nov 2016 18:07:19 GMTFIFA.comFIFA.comhttp://www.fifa.com/imgml/rssheader.gif http://www.fifa.com/index.html13928FIFA.com RSS<![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™
<![CDATA[Volgograd's gateway transforming ahead of World Cup]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=volgograd-s-gateway-transforming-ahead-of-world-cup-2821561.htmlThu, 11 Aug 2016 12:38:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Saransk decorated with children's drawings]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=saransk-decorated-with-children-s-drawings-2821012.htmlA viewing platform at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, children's football drawings as urban decoration in Saransk and football lessons for foreigners in Nizhny Novgorod. FIFA.com picks out some interesting stories from the cities hosting the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

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Wed, 10 Aug 2016 11:58:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Ekaterinburg on schedule for Russia 2018]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=8/news=ekaterinburg-on-schedule-for-russia-2018-2819100.htmlThe easternmost Host City for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ was inspected by top local authorities on Tuesday, including Russia's First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov.

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Tue, 02 Aug 2016 22:29:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[New stadium to add to Volgograd's unique cityscape]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=7/news=new-stadium-to-add-to-volgograd-s-unique-cityscape-2813276.htmlAs the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ draws ever nearer, construction on all the tournament's stadiums continues apace. Every month FIFA.com brings fans up to speed on how progress is going.

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Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:01:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Matsuev: Sport and culture are international heritage of Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=7/news=matsuev-sport-and-culture-are-international-heritage-of-russia-2811558.htmlSun, 10 Jul 2016 13:46:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Denis Matsuev becomes Russia 2018 ambassador]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=7/news=denis-matsuev-becomes-russia-2018-ambassador-2811547.htmlDenis Matsuev has become an ambassador for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The Russian classical pianist received his Ambassador’s Certificate today from Alexey Sorokin, CEO of the Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee, and FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura.

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Fri, 08 Jul 2016 18:35:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Kaliningrad readying for tourist influx]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=7/news=kaliningrad-readying-for-tourist-influx-2811355.html 

In summer 2018, Kaliningrad can expect a particularly large number of fans from Western Europe due to its location as the most western Host City of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 21:56:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Samoura: Russia 2018 will be a great treat for every visitor]]>/confederationscup/news/y=2016/m=7/news=samoura-russia-2018-will-be-a-great-treat-for-every-visitor-2811206.htmlTue, 05 Jul 2016 14:54:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017<![CDATA[Mordovia Arena to become important part of Saransk life]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=mordovia-arena-to-become-important-part-of-saransk-life-2804357.htmlFIFA.com provides an update for fans on how progress is going. ]]>Wed, 29 Jun 2016 13:16:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Russian airports prepare to welcome the world]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=russian-airports-prepare-to-welcome-the-world-2802754.htmlMon, 20 Jun 2016 15:51:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[New Russian construction standard created for FIFA World Cup stadiums]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=new-russian-construction-standard-created-for-fifa-world-cup-stadiums-2802275.htmlSat, 18 Jun 2016 08:14:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Volunteer recruitment achieves high figures within the first days ]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=volunteer-recruitment-achieves-high-figures-within-the-first-days-2800267.htmlTue, 07 Jun 2016 12:40:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Volunteer recruitment campaign off to flying start in Host Cities]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=volunteer-recruitment-campaign-off-to-flying-start-in-host-cities-2799557.htmlAll Host Cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ hosted a festival coinciding with one of the most important milestones of the tournament: the beginning of the volunteer recruitment process for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017. FIFA.com recounts the events.

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Thu, 02 Jun 2016 15:39:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Smertin appointed as World Cup ambassador]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=6/news=smertin-appointed-as-world-cup-ambassador-2799303.htmlFormer Russia captain Alexei Smertin has been named as an ambassador for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

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Wed, 01 Jun 2016 18:52:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Rostov Arena the starting point for new region of the city]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=ростов-арена-центр-нового-раиона-ростова-на-дону-обзор-стадионов-чм-20-2-2793743.htmlWith Russia 2018 drawing ever nearer, construction on all the tournament's stadiums continues apace. Every month FIFA.com provides an update for fans on how progress is going.

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Tue, 31 May 2016 18:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[FIFA carries out stadium visits in Saint Petersburg and Kaliningrad]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=fifa-carries-out-stadium-visits-in-saint-petersburg-and-kaliningrad-2792469.htmlEarlier this week FIFA’s Director of Competitions Colin Smith carried out stadium visits in Saint Petersburg and Kaliningrad accompanied by representatives of the Local Organising Committee for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.

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Wed, 25 May 2016 18:22:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Working conditions monitoring system launched at World Cup stadiums]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=working-conditions-monitoring-system-launched-at-world-cup-stadiums-2790536.htmlFor the first time in the build-up to a FIFA World Cup, a monitoring system is being implemented to ensure decent working conditions in the stadiums being built or renovated for the event. 

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Wed, 11 May 2016 18:33:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Stars to promote World Cup 2018 as host cities ambassadors]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=5/news=stars-to-promote-world-cup-2018-as-host-cities-ambassadors-2790143.htmlFIFA.com gives you the low-down on who will represent the host cities as Russia 2018 ambassadors, who have made their names as Olympic champions, opera singers and even astronauts.

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Sat, 07 May 2016 15:37:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Future residents impressed by stadium progress]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=impressive-progress-at-kaliningrad-stadium-2783411.htmlEvery month FIFA.com will provide an update for fans regarding the preparations on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ arenas. For April, the focus is on the Kaliningrad Stadium, which has made excellent progress so far this year.

 

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 10:11:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Russia 2018 LOC Management Board meeting with FIFA participation in Nizhny Novgorod]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=russia-2018-loc-management-board-meeting-with-fifa-participation-in-ni-2783243.htmlThe 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Local Organising Committee (Russia 2018 LOC) held its eighth Management Board meeting with FIFA participation on 27 April 2016 in Nizhny Novgorod. Members of this board include heads of key FIFA and LOC departments, who discussed the main issues in operational planning for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and associated events.

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 18:00:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Stadium tour reveals positive developments]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=4/news=stadium-tour-reveals-positive-developments-2780707.htmlFrom 4 to 10 April, FIFA and Russia 2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC) experts visited six Host Cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™. The trip formed part of the third operational tour of venues to assess the progress being made in preparing for the biggest football event in the world.

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Tue, 12 Apr 2016 09:21:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™
<![CDATA[Decent working conditions key to stadium construction in Russia]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=3/news=decent-working-conditions-key-to-stadium-construction-in-russia-2773549.htmlThu, 31 Mar 2016 10:44:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™<![CDATA[Strigino welcomes 2018 FIFA World Cup fans]]>/worldcup/news/y=2016/m=3/news=strigino-welcomes-2018-fifa-world-cup-fans-2773450.htmlThe thousands of fans travelling to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ can access new facilities that will make their trip more pleasant and comfortable.

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Wed, 30 Mar 2016 16:02:00 GMTArea=TournamentSection=LOCKind=NewsTournament=2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™