Where will the 32 qualified nations stay during the 2018 World Cup?

Green Stars: Host Cities                                 Blue Markers: Confirmed Locations                            Yellow Markers: Rumoured Locations

The World Cup is just around the corner and most of the nations have now confirmed where they will stay during the tournament. We will take a look at some of the weird and wonderful locations where nations have decided to base themselves.

Over a quarter of the nations are basing themselves in and around Moscow. Argentina and France are basing themselves in towns around an hours drive from the city, but on the grand scale of all things in Russia, this is still pretty much Moscow. Germany has agreed to use the CSKA Moscow training facilities, while Iran has agreed to use Lokomotiv Moscow’s facilities. Mexico meanwhile will be based at Novogorsk, along with the Russian national team.

Peru is clearly anticipating a short stay, and are basing themselves at the Sheraton Hotel, opposite Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport.

A close up of the nations based in or around Moscow.

In or around Russia’s second city of St. Petersburg will be South Korea, Croatia, Costa Rica and England. The English are staying at the Repino resort outside of the city, not far from the Croatians. Costa Rica has kept it simple and is settling for the Hilton St. Petersburg, while South Korea also settle for a posh city hotel – the New Peterhof at the south end of the city.

A large portion of the nations has chosen to base themselves in the warmer climes near Sochi and Rostov in the south of Russia. Rather strangely, Egypt has been convinced to stay in Grozny, capital of the war-torn region of Chechnya, a decision which somehow was sanctioned by FIFA. In the nearby city of Pyatigorsk, Nigeria is rumoured to be setting up camp. On the breaches of Sochi itself, naturally, you will find Brazil, picking an ideal location for themselves, just ten minutes down the coast from where Poland have located.

Up the coast is a Scandinavian party, with Denmark, Iceland and Sweden setting up camp on the beach resorts of Krasnodar Krai, while Spain has reportedly agreed to stay at the world class facilities of FC Krasnodar, tucked in-land by about an hour, but choosing facilities over location clearly. Saudi Arabia is reported to be staying just around the corner from the city of Rostov, another couple of hours away from Krasnodar.

As for the rest, Kazan is playing host to three countries, Australia, Colombia and Japan, who will use the Rubin Kazan club facilities. Switzerland has agreed to set up in Togliatti, close to Samara. The Togliatti academy is one of the most prestigious in Russia and has produced a number of top players in the past, including Russian internationals Alan Dzagoev and Roman Zobnin. Serbia is the only side staying in the enclave of Kaliningrad, the most westerly part of Russia. Panama have chosen to base themselves in the host city of Saransk, Uruguay in the host city of Nizhny Novgorod, Morocco in Voronezh, using the facilities of Fakel Voronezh of the Russian 2nd tier, roughly in the middle of Moscow and Volgograd, while finally, Senegal is rumoured to be based in Kaluga, just a couple of hours outside of Moscow.

Author: David Sansun

Arsenal and Rubin Kazan fan. Possibly too optimistic for Russian football which means I’m left disappointed a lot.

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