At an estimated cost of over.2 billion, it was the most expensive World Cup. The number of cities was further reduced to 11 and number of stadiums to 12 as Krasnodar and Yaroslavl were dropped from the final list. "fifa 2018" redirects here. Archived (PDF) from the original on Retrieved "Match report Group G England v Panama" (PDF). Retrieved "Match report Group G Panama v Tunisia" (PDF). Retrieved 14 November 2014. It is the first time three Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland and Sweden) and four Arab nations (Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia) have qualified for the World Cup. Archived from the original on Retrieved "Wanda Group becomes new fifa Partner". "Former FA chairman David Bernstein calls for 2018 World Cup boycott". "Fifa adds latest Chinese sponsor for World Cup". England, which was bidding to host its second tournament, was eliminated in the first round. Of the 32 teams, 20 had also appeared in the previous tournament in 2014, while both, iceland and, panama made their first appearances at a fifa World Cup. 37 On, fifa released the list of 13 video assistant referees, who solely acted in this capacity in the tournament. "Fox, Telemundo Offer a Clearer View of fifa World Cup Russia". Archived (PDF) from the original on "World Cup 2018: Referee Fahad Al Mirdasi 'banned over match-fixing attempt in Saudi Arabia. 207 208 The committee declined to hear his appeal, so Garcia resigned in protest of fifa's conduct, citing a "lack of leadership" and lack of confidence in the independence of Eckert. Archived from the original on 30 September 2017. 59 Of the twelve venues used, the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and the Saint Petersburg Stadium the two largest stadiums in Russia were used most, both hosting seven matches. 76 Argentina: Bronnitsy, Moscow Oblast Australia: Kazan, Tatarstan Belgium: Krasnogorsky, Moscow Oblast Brazil: Sochi, Krasnodar Krai Colombia: Verkhneuslonsky, Tatarstan Costa Rica: Saint Petersburg Croatia: Roshchino, Leningrad Oblast 77 Denmark: Anapa, Krasnodar Krai Egypt: Grozny, Chechnya England: Repino, Saint Petersburg 78 France: Istra, Moscow Oblast Germany.