World Cup host Russian Federation spent billions, but will its economy benefit?

Thomas Meunier Belgium

World Cup host Russian Federation spent billions, but will its economy benefit?

Where is it taking place, how many teams are playing and how does the tournament work?

President Donald Trump is promising soccer's worldwide governing body that foreign teams, officials and fans will be able to travel to the United States for the 2026 World Cup if North America wins the bid to host the tournament.

Finally, the FIFA World Cup is almost upon us, which means that it's time to tune in and see the biggest soccer tournament in the world from Russian Federation.

The Opening Ceremony will be produced by Russia's Channel One and the "creative concept" will be developed by Felix Mikhailov, who has directed other World Cup events including the preliminary and main draw.

The former Take That star will perform at the opening ceremony at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium along with Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.

David Silva Spain

Federation Internationale de Football Association says it approved a new formula which rewards teams for playing more games, and it takes effect in the post-World Cup ranking on July 19.

"I'm so happy and excited to be going back to Russian Federation for such a unique performance".

A 48-team World Cup would require extra stadiums and could lead to Qatar sharing hosting duties with Middle East neighbours. "I've done a lot in my career, and opening the World Cup to 80 000 football fans in the stadium and many millions all over the world is a boyhood dream", said Williams.

Nestor Pitana is set to become the second Argentinian referee to participate in two World Cups after Norberto Coerezza, who oversaw two games in 1970 and one in 1978.

Sergey Knyazev, a member of the National Association of Event Organisers, reportedly told pro-Kremlin news channel Life News at the time: "This will upset those who previously wanted him to perform, who brought him to Moscow, or wanted him to perform at their events overseas".

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