World Cup 2018 Stadiums and Fixtures

The 2018 World Cup was held amidst a lot of controversy but was carried off seamlessly producing one of the best tournaments for years.  France won the trophy for the second time in their history beating Croatia in the final 4-2 at the Luzhniki stadium in the capital Moscow.

Many of the FIFA officials that awarded the World Cup to Russia (along with the 2022 world cup in Qatar) were found later to be less than honest in their dealings.  It is therefore possible, as many believe, that the award of the tournament to Russia could have been partial fix.  Whether that is or isn't the case the fact of the matter is Russia held the World Cup and did a very good job of it.

Croatia were the main surprises reaching the final, they beat England along the way in the Semi-Finals - many were not predicting either team to get that far.  Russia themselves did extremely well, as rank outsiders expectations were low and many locals simply just didn't want to be embarrassed.  As it turned out Russia reached the Quarter Finals beating the likes of Spain along the way.

Many of the stadiums were built especially for the 2018 World Cup, and all performed magnificently.  In our historical archive below you can see all of the stadiums and fixtures used during the tournament.  Click the images to see the most recent guide of the stadiums.

World Cup 2018 Stadiums

StadiumYear OpenedCapacityAve AttendanceRecord AttendanceRecord Attendance Match
Cosmos Arena
FC Krylia Sovetov Samara
2018 44,918 41,525 41,970 Uruguay v Russia (2018)
Ekaterinburg Arena
FC Ural
1957 35,696 4,617 27,000 FC Ural v FC Khimki (2011)
Fisht Olympic Stadium 2013 47,659 30,472 37,923 Germany v Mexico (2017)
Kaliningrad Stadium
FC Baltika Kaliningrad
2017 35,212 33,062 33,973 Spain v Morocco (2018)
Kazan Arena
FC Rubin Kazan
2013 45,105 11,871 42,951 Rubin Kazan v Liverpool (2015)
Krestovsky Stadium
Zenit St. Petersburg
2017 68,134 49,708 64,468 Russia v Egypt (2018)
Luzhniki Stadium
Russia
1956 81,000 78,011 102,538 USSR v Italy (1963)
Mordovia Arena
FC Mordovia Saransk
2017 44,442 40,049 41,685 Iran v Portugal (2018)
Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
FC Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod
2017 44,899 43,150 43,319 England v Panama (2018)
Otkritie Arena
Spartak Moscow
2014 45,360 30,077 44,884 Spartak v CSKA (2016)
Rostov Arena
FC Rostov
2018 45,000 43,183 43,472 South Korea v Mexico (2018)
Volgograd Arena
FC Rotor Volgograd
2017 45,568 40,245 42,189 Japan v Poland (2018)
 

Fixtures

Group A

Fixture  UK KO TimeCityStadium
Russia v S Arabia 14th June, 16:00 Moscow Luzhniki Stadium
Egypt v Uruguay 15th June, 13:00 Yekaterinburg Kestovsky Stadium
Russia v Egypt 19th June, 19:00 St Petersburg Ekaterinburg Arena
Uruguay v S Arabia 20th June, 16:00 Rostov Rostov Arena
Uruguay v Russia 25th June, 15:00 Samara Cosmos Arena
S Arabia v Egypt 25th June, 15:00 Volgograd Volgograd Arena

Group B

Fixture  UK KO TimeCityStadium
Morocco v Iran 15th June, 16:00 St Petersburg Kestovsky Stadium
Portugal v Spain 15th June, 19:00 Scohi Fisht Olympic Stadium
Morocco v Portugal 20th June, 13:00 Moscow Luzhniki Stadium
Iran v Spain 20th June, 19:00 Kazan Kazan Arena
Iran v Portugal 25th June, 19:00 Saransk Mordovia Arena
Spain v Morocco 25th June, 19:00 Kaliningrad Kaliningrad Stadium

Group C

Fixture  UK KO TimeCityStadium
France v Australia 16th June, 11:00 Kazan Kazan Arena
Peru v Denmark 16th June, 17:00 Saransk Mordovia Arena
Denmark v Australia 21st June, 13:00 Samara Cosmos Arena
France v Peru 21st June, 16:00 Yekaterinburg Ekaterinburg Arena
Denmark v France 26th June, 15:00 Moscow Luzhniki Stadium
Australia v Peru 26th June, 15:00 Scohi Fisht Olympic Stadium

Group D

Fixture  UK KO TimeCityStadium
Argentina v Iceland 16th June, 14:00 Moscow Otkritie Arena
Croatia v Nigeria 16th June, 20:00 Kaliningrad Kaliningrad Stadium
Argentina v Croatia 21st June, 19:00 Nizhny Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod
Nigeria v Iceland 22nd June, 16:00 Volgograd Volgograd Arena
Nigeria v Argentina 26th June, 19:00 St Petersburg Kestovsky Stadium
Iceland v Croatia 26th June, 19:00 Rostov Rostov Arena

Group E

Fixture  UK KO TimeCityStadium
Costa Rica v Serbia 17th June, 13:00 Samara Cosmos Arena
Brazil v Switzerland 17th June, 19:00 Rostov Rostov Arena
Brazil v Costa Rica 22nd June, 13:00 St Petersburg Kestovsky Stadium
Serbia v Switzerland 22nd June, 19:00 Kaliningrad Kaliningrad Stadium
Serbia v Brazil 27th June, 19:00 Moscow Otkritie Arena
Switzerland v Costa Rica 27th June, 19:00 Nizhny Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod

Group F

Fixture  UK KO TimeCityStadium
Germany v Mexico 17th June, 16:00 Moscow Luzhniki Stadium
Sweden v South Korea 18th June, 13:00 Nizhny Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod
South Korea v Mexico 23rd June, 16:00 Rostov Rostov Arena
Germany v Sweden 23rd June, 19:00 Scohi Fisht Olympic Stadium
South Korea v Germany 27th June, 15:00 Kazan Kazan Arena
Mexico v Sweden 27th June, 15:00 Yekaterinburg Ekaterinburg Arena

Group G

Fixture  UK KO TimeCityStadium
Belgium v Panama 18th June, 16:00 Scohi Fisht Olympic Stadium
Tunisia v England 18th June, 19:00 Volgograd Volgograd Arena
Belgium v Tunisia 23rd June, 13:00 Moscow Otkritie Arena
England v Panama 24th June, 13:00 Nizhny Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod
England v Belgium 28th June, 19:00 Kaliningrad Kaliningrad Stadium
Panama v Tunisia 28th June, 19:00 Saransk Mordovia Arena

Group H

Fixture  UK KO TimeCityStadium
Colombia v Japan 19th June, 13:00 Moscow Otkritie Arena
Poland v Senegal 19th June, 16:00 Saransk Mordovia Arena
Japan v Senegal 24th June, 16:00 Yekaterinburg Ekaterinburg Arena
Poland v Colombia 24th June, 19:00 Kazan Kazan Arena
Japan v Poland 28th June, 15:00 Volgograd Volgograd Arena
Senegal v Colombia 28th June, 15:00 Samara Cosmos Arena

Round of 16

Fixture  UK KO TimeCityStadium
France v Argentina 30th June, 15:00 Kazan Kazan Arena
Uruguay v Portugal 30th June, 19:00 Scohi Fisht Olympic Stadium
Spain v Russia 1st July, 15:00 Moscow Luzhniki Stadium
Croatia v Denmark 1st July, 19:00 Nizhny Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod
Brazil v Mexico 2nd July, 15:00 Samara Cosmos Arena
Belgium v Japan 2nd July, 19:00 Rostov Rostov Arena
Sweden v Switzerland 3rd July, 15:00 St Petersburg Kestovsky Stadium
Colombia v England 3rd July, 19:00 Moscow Otkritie Arena

Quarter Finals

Fixture  UK KO TimeCityStadium
Uruguay v France 6th July, 15:00 Nizhny Novgorod Nizhny Novgorod
Brazil v Belgium 6th July, 19:00 Kazan Kazan Arena
Sweden v England 7th July, 15:00 Samara Cosmos Arena
Russia v Croatia 7th July, 19:00 Scohi Fisht Olympic Stadium

Semi-Finals

Fixture  UK KO TimeCityStadium
France v Belgium 10th July, 19:00 St Petersburg Kestovsky Stadium
Croatia v England 11th July, 19:00 Moscow Luzhniki Stadium

Third Place Play Off

Fixture  UK KO TimeCityStadium
Belgium v England 14th July, 15:00 St Petersburg Kestovsky Stadium

World Cup 2018 Final - Sunday 15th July 16:00

Fixture  UK KO TimeCityStadium
France v Croatia 15th July, 16:00 Moscow Luzhniki Stadium