Despite the controversies that immersed the nation’s bidding process, we’re all too aware that it will be Russia that host the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup.
Already, the tournament is breaking new boundaries and showing that sport really does unite us in its all-encompassing embrace.
Russia 2018 will be the first World Cup ever to be held in Eastern Europe and, more specifically, the first of its kind to be hosted by Russia.
Also, 2018 will mark the first time that a World Cup competition has taken place in two continents, namely Europe and Asia.
On a more physical note, we will be able to say that this is the biggest World Cup tournament ever, when Russia surpass the United States as the biggest country to host this massive event.
So, as we can see, there’s plenty to look forward to, and we’re still six years away from even seeing it.
Rio 2014 may be the next FIFA World Cup in our calendars, but that won’t stop us from looking even further into the future.
That being said, let’s look at what are sure to arise as topics of discussion in the build-up to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.