Russia 2018 Host Cities Announcement
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The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Host Cities were announced live on Russia’s TV station Channel One on Saturday 29 September 2012, on the Tonight show at 19.20 CET.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter as well as Russia’s Minister of Sport and Chairman of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) Vitaly Mutko opened the ceremony; FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke and LOC CEO Alexey Sorokin also participated in the event.

Guests on the programme included Russian sports icons, football stars and prominent artists. Each Host City had a live link to the ceremony, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup host city poster series was unveiled.