57 The final choice of host cities was announced on 29 September 2012. Only one match, France v Denmark, was goalless. 12 The voting results were as follows: 13 2018 fifa bidding (majority 12 votes) Bidders Votes Round 1 Round2 Russia 9 13 Portugal / Spain 7 7 Belgium / Netherlands 4 2 England 2 Eliminated Criticism The English Football Association and others raised concerns. Archived from the original on Retrieved Carp, Sam (8 February 2018). Archived from the original on Retrieved Calder, Simon. Eckert instead released a shorter revised summary, and his (and therefore fifa's) reluctance to publish the full report caused Garcia to resign in protest. In accordance with the fifa requirements, during the 2018 World Cup it is called Spartak Stadium instead of its usual name Otkritie Arena. This came in the wake of growing boycotts of the tournament among the Football Federation of Ukraine and sports minister Ihor Zhdanov. "Russia to ease visa regime for World Cup fans in 2018". The first piles were driven into the ground in September 2015. Pot 1 contained the hosts Russia (who were automatically assigned to position A1) and the best seven teams, pot 2 contained the next best eight teams, and so on for pots 3 and. Archived from the original on Retrieved "Mexico withdraws fifa World Cup bid". 1 Additionally, m shortlisted 18 goals for users to vote on as the tournaments' best. 178 179 fifa also published an alternate team of the tournament based on player performances evaluated through statistical data. Archived from the original on Retrieved "Match schedules for fifa Confederations Cup 20 fifa World Cup unveiled". Archived from the original on Retrieved b "Ethics: Executive Committee unanimously supports recommendation to publish report on 2018/2022 fifa World Cup bidding process" (Press release). "US calls for Fifa to drop Russia from hosting World Cup in 2018". During a launch event prior to the elimination, Fox stated that it had planned to place a secondary focus on the Mexican team in its coverage to take advantage of their popularity among US viewers (factoring Hispanic and Latino Americans ). Archived from the original on "Kaliningrad airport's new terminal put in operation". Archived from the original on 9 November 2017. Archived from the original on Retrieved "Ronaldo penalty sets new World Cup record". On the new stadium hosted its first match.