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Russia: Journey to 2018 FIFA World Cup 'fully under way' - FIFA's Kattner02:35

Russia: Journey to 2018 FIFA World Cup 'fully under way' - FIFA's Kattner

Russian Federation, Nizhny Novgorod
April 27, 2016 at 20:11 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Local Organising Committee of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, held a press conference following a management board meeting with high-ranking FIFA representatives in Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday.

Markus Kattner, the FIFA Acting Secretary General, stated that the participants held a "very constructive board meeting" and that the "journey to the 2018 FIFA World Cup is fully under way."

His colleague, FIFA's Director of Competition Colin Smith, thanked the host cities' governors and Russian Sports Minister Vitali Mutko for the commitment and support, adding that "we are on track and we're comfortable with the timelines."

Mutko stated that the key discussion point of the meeting was the progress of stadium construction. He said two stadiums are already capable of hosting matches and an additional two will be fully functional before the end of 2016.

FIFA 2018 World Cup matches will be held at 12 stadiums in 11 different Russian cities: Moscow (Luzhniki and Otkrytiye Arena stadiums), St Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don. The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will also take place in Russia one year before the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The competition will involve eight countries, including the current world champions and host country.

Russia: Journey to 2018 FIFA World Cup 'fully under way' - FIFA's Kattner02:35
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The Local Organising Committee of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, held a press conference following a management board meeting with high-ranking FIFA representatives in Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday.

Markus Kattner, the FIFA Acting Secretary General, stated that the participants held a "very constructive board meeting" and that the "journey to the 2018 FIFA World Cup is fully under way."

His colleague, FIFA's Director of Competition Colin Smith, thanked the host cities' governors and Russian Sports Minister Vitali Mutko for the commitment and support, adding that "we are on track and we're comfortable with the timelines."

Mutko stated that the key discussion point of the meeting was the progress of stadium construction. He said two stadiums are already capable of hosting matches and an additional two will be fully functional before the end of 2016.

FIFA 2018 World Cup matches will be held at 12 stadiums in 11 different Russian cities: Moscow (Luzhniki and Otkrytiye Arena stadiums), St Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-Don. The 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup will also take place in Russia one year before the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The competition will involve eight countries, including the current world champions and host country.

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