The tournament’s final match was held in the upgraded Luzhniki Stadium, with the French national team defeating Croatia and winning the World Cup Trophy for the second time. In a Twitter post, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin thanked everyone who helped hold the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow.
Objectively speaking, this World Cup became the best in history, FIFA President Gianni Infantino noted, while assessing Russia’s role in the event.
From 14 June through 15 July, 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities with a total seating capacity of over 550,000 people hosted the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The Russian national team’s results were the best it has ever achieved during the entire history of its participation in World Cup matches. The team made it into the quarterfinals, losing out to Croatia only after a tough struggle and a series of penalty kicks.
Moscow’s Spartak and Luzhniki stadiums hosted World Cup matches. For its part, Luzhniki hosted the opening ceremony and the first match between Russia and Saudi Arabia; the Russians won 5-0. The stadium was also the venue for the final match between Croatia and France. In all, the capital hosted 12 World Cup games.
The world-class Luzhniki Stadium, seating up to 81,000 fans, was filled almost to capacity during all the World Cup games, accommodating as many as 78,011 fans at a time. The stadium will host concerts, shows and festivals after World Cup.
Spartak Stadium constantly hosts Russian Football Championship games, as well as matches involving the national football team.
From now on, local football schools will use numerous training camps, built in Moscow in the run-up to the World Cup. Young football players will train for competitions, and represent Russia with finesse during international events.