The stadium in Saransk was scheduled to be commissioned in 2012 in time for the opening of the all-Russian Spartakiad, but the plan was revised. Afterwards, it was renovated in preparation for the 2017 fifa Confederations Cup and 2018 WorldCup. Ten European teams and four South American teams progressed to the knockout stage, together with Japan and Mexico. 105 Ronaldo returned with the official match ball of the 2018 World Cup which was sent into space with the International Space Station crew in March and came back to Earth in early June. At an estimated cost of over.2 billion as of June 2018, 4 it is the most expensive World Cup in history, surpassing the cost of the 2014 fifa World Cup in Brazil. The 2018 fifa World Cup was the 21st, fIFA World Cup, an international football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of, fIFA once every four years. 52 Venues Further information: 2018 fifa World Cup venues Russia proposed the following host cities: Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, and Yekaterinburg. France won the match 42 to claim their second World Cup title, marking the fourth consecutive title won by a European team. Stadiums Exterior of Otkrytie Arena in Moscow A total of twelve stadiums in eleven Russian cities were built and renovated for the fifa World Cup. 29 Notable countries that failed to qualify include four-time champions Italy (for the first time since 1958 three-time runners-up and third placed in 2014 the Netherlands (for the first time since 2002 and four reigning continental champions: 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners Cameroon, two-time.