Archived from the original on 25 November 2017. 8 Initially, nine countries placed bids for the 2018 fifa World Cup, but Mexico later withdrew from proceedings, 9 and Indonesia's bid was rejected by fifa in February 2010 after the Indonesiangovernment failed to submit a letter to support the bid. "Long road to Russia begins in Dili". "Mengniu Group added to Fifa World Cup sponsor line-up". For the first time since 1938, Germany (reigning champions) did not advance past the first round. The bid evaluation report stated: "The Russian bid proposes 13 host cities and 16 stadiums, thus exceeding fifa's minimum requirement. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates cut diplomatic ties with Qatar over the matter. Archived from the original on McCormick, Joseph Patrick. The renovation project was completed in December 2017. 18 Zimbabwe and Indonesia were later disqualified before playing their first matches, 19 20 while Gibraltar and Kosovo, who joined fifa on fter the qualifying draw but before European qualifying had begun, also entered the competition. 15:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 18:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 20:00 yekt ( UTC5 ) 21:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 17:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 18:00 samt ( UTC4 ) Knockout stage Russia v Croatia Main article: 2018 fifa. Archived from the original on Retrieved "Combined bidding confirmed".