The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final is an upcoming football match to determine the winner of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. It will be the 21st final of the FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. The match will be held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, on 15 July 2018 and will be contested by the winners of the semi-finals.
The winners of the World Cup will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.
The final will be held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, located in the Khamovniki District of the Central Administrative Okrug. The stadium was confirmed as the final venue on 14 December 2012, following a meeting by the FIFA Executive Committee held in Tokyo, Japan. The stadium will also host six other matches, including the opening match on 14 June and the second semi-final match on 11 July.
The Luzhniki Stadium, previously known as the Grand Arena of the Central Lenin Stadium until 1992, originally opened in 1956 as part of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex. The stadium has served as the national stadium of the country, hosting many of the matches of the Russia national team, and previously the Soviet Union national team. In the past, the stadium has been used as the home ground at various times for CSKA Moscow, Torpedo Moscow, and Spartak Moscow. However, there are currently no clubs based at the stadium.
The stadium has hosted numerous international sporting events. The stadium was the chief venue for the 1980 Summer Olympics, hosting the opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, football (four matches, including the gold medal match), and the Individual Jumping Grand Prix. The stadium hosted the 1999 UEFA Cup Final, as well as the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final. Other events staged include the Spartakiad, the final game of the 1957 Ice Hockey World Championships, the 1973 Summer Universiade, the Friendship Games in 1984, the 1986 Goodwill Games, and the 1998 World Youth Games. In 2013, the Rugby World Cup Sevens and World Athletics Championships were held at the ground. The stadium has also served as a venue for many concerts for artists such as Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Metallica, Kino, U2, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. The Moscow Music Peace Festival also took place at the stadium in August 1989.
A UEFA Category Four stadium, the Luzhniki Stadium is the largest stadium at the 2018 World Cup and in Russia, with a maximum capacity of 81,006. This also makes the stadium the largest in Eastern Europe, and the eighth-largest overall in Europe. As part of Russia's World Cup bid, the stadium was rebuilt and expanded, with work begenning in August 2013. The self-supported cover was retained, along with the historical facade of the stadium, due to its architectural value. The stadium reconstruction project finished in 2017, having cost €350 million.
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