were thus ruled out of the 2022 bid. 29 Notable countries that failed to qualify include four-time champions Italy (for the first time since 1958 three-time runners-up and third placed in 2014 the Netherlands (for the first time since 2002 and four reigning continental champions: 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners Cameroon, two-time. 30 Note: Numbers in parentheses indicate positions in the fifa World Rankings at the time of the tournament. 64 The stadium has hosted games of the 2017 fifa Confederations Cup and will serve as a venue for uefa Euro 2020. At an estimated cost of over.2 billion as of June 2018, 4 it is the most expensive World Cup in history, surpassing the cost of the 2014 fifa World Cup in Brazil. 82 Infrastructure spending Platov International Airport in Rostov-on-Don was upgraded with automated air traffic control systems, modern surveillance, navigation, communication, control, and meteorological support systems. Group A Pre-match ceremony prior to the opening game, Russia v Saudi Arabia Main article: 2018 fifa World Cup Group A Source: fifa Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers (H) Host. 37 Officiating Main article: 2018 fifa World Cup officials On, fifa released the list of 36 referees and 63 assistant referees selected to oversee matches. Dancers were also present.
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The arena's stands have a capacity of 35,000 spectators. The largest stadium in the country was closed for renovation in 2013. The stadium in Saransk was scheduled to be commissioned in 2012 in time for the opening of the all-Russian Spartakiad, but the plan was revised. Until then there were a record 36 straight games in which at least one goal was scored. 87 On 27 March, the Ministry of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sector of Russia reported that all communications within its area of responsibility have been commissioned. The opening was rescheduled to 2017. 89 Khrabrovo Airport in Kaliningrad was upgraded with radio navigation and weather equipment. Saransk Airport received a new navigation system; the city also got two new hotels, Mercure Saransk Centre (Accor Hotels) and Four Points by Sheraton Saransk (Starwood Hotels) as well as few other smaller accommodation facilities. 61 Of the twelve venues used, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and the Saint Petersburg Stadium the two largest stadiums in Russia were used most, both hosting seven matches.