Samara will not be deprived of the 2018 world Cup, despite problems with the construction of the stadium
Samara or any other city of the Russian Federation will not be stripped of right to host world Cup 2018. This was stated by the head of Department of International football Federation (FIFA) to host the world Cup, Chris Unger on the background information about the delay of the construction of the local stadium.
“If Samara will be removed from the cities hosting the world Cup, I will be in trouble. I have no reason to assume that Samara or any other city will be excluded from the order. They will need to solve their problems”, – quotes the Unger Agency “R-Sport”.
The official noted that similar problems were the organizers of the last Mundial in Brazil and South Africa.
At the moment in Samara is the 45-th “Samara Arena”, which will host six world Cup matches: four group matches, including a game involving the national team of Russia and one match 1/8 and 1/4 finals.
It was originally planned that the Samara stadium will be put into operation in 2017, and later the date was moved to 2018. FIFA has received all assurances from the authorities of the Samara region, the stadium will have time to build in time.
The General Director of the organizing Committee “Russia-2018″ Alexei Sorokin said that we are talking about the backlog at individual works, not about the site in General.
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Vitaly Mutko said that overall preparations for the tournament in 2018 takes place in accordance with the schedule, there are questions around the arena in Kaliningrad and Samara.
Recall that the matches of the world Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15, 2018 in 11 cities of Russia: Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Yekaterinburg, Samara, Sochi and Rostov-on-don.