The stadium serves as a home arena to FC Rubin Kazan. 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 backto Earth in early June. For the first time since 1938, Germany (reigning champions) did not advance past the first round. 90 Renovation and upgrade of radio-engineering tools for flight operation was completed in the airports of Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Volgograd, Samara, Yekaterinburg, Kazan and Sochi. The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg hosted the first semi-final on 10 July and the third place play-off on 14 July. The bidding procedure to host the 20 fifa World Cup tournaments began in January 2009, and national associations had until 2 February 2009 to register their interest. The project was completed in December 2017. 44 45 VAR operations for all games are operating from a single headquarters in Moscow, which receives live video of the games and are in radio contact with the on-field referees. Saransk Airport received a new navigation system; the city also got two new hotels, Mercure Saransk Centre (Accor Hotels) and Four Points by Sheraton Saransk (Starwood Hotels) as well as few other smaller accommodation facilities. The renovation project was completed in December 2017. 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. 18:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 17:00 yekt ( UTC5 ) 21:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 18:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) 18:00 samt ( UTC4 ) 17:00 MSK ( UTC3 ) Group B The first match of the group, Iran's. Nizhny Novgorod: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. Luzhniki Stadium in, moscow, between, france and, croatia.