http://www.russia2018-2022.com/ Show your support. Sign up and get updates from the Russian Bid Team. Russia is an ancient enigma yet in many ways a new country opening to the world, reinventing itself using sport as a catalyst. Spanning eleven time zones and home to over 180 ethnic minorities, Russia is truly a world unto itself. Russia is a country that is passionate about sport and within Russia no sport is more popular or as powerful as an agent for change as football. Russias bid to host the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup is historic. First, Russia is an emerging football power in Europe yet it has never hosted the World Cup. Russia 2018/2022 echoes the goal of FIFA to take the game to as broad an audience as possible in the Host Country. Second, the tournament is a national priority for the government - both the President and the Prime Minister are fully supportive and committed to ensuring each of FIFAs objectives are exceeded in every way. And finally, Russias key asset is our people. In every Russian home there is an innate responsibility for guests and friends. This is ingrained in our culture and it is derived from thousands of years of eastern and western cultural exchange. Russias World Cup plan is primarily based on four clusters: - Northern cluster includes Kalliningrad and Saint Petersburg; - Central Cluster includes Moscow and Podolsk; - Volga Cluster includes Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Saransk, Samara and Volgograd; - Southern Cluster includes Rostov-on-Don, Krasnodar and Sochi. - Yekaterinburg is an alternate in the Ural Mountains. Although mainly in the Western part of Russia, each of these regional capitals has its own unique history and culture and the entire plan is within 2.000 km of Moscow. Each city has its own professional football club with all the necessary training facilities, transport and accommodation infrastructure necessary to host the tournament.