In every World Cup since the inception of the tournament the host cities come up with flashy graphic posters. In this story, FootTheBall brings to you the complete set of the 2018 Russia World Cup host city posters.

KALININGRAD

Founded in: 1255

Population: 459,000

Distance to Moscow: 1235 km

Stadium capacity: 35,000

Kaliningrad Stadium will host matches in Groups B, D, E, and G

This city was formerly known as Königsberg, founded by the 13th century by knights of the Teutonic Order. Kaliningrad is a well known gateway to Europe and has a population of about 450,000 people.

KAZAN

Founded in: 1005

Population: 1.2 million

Distance to Moscow: 825 km

Stadium capacity: 45,000

Kazan Arena will host four group games, a Round of 16 match and a quarter-final.

Kazan is rich in diversity with people from more than 100 nationalities. It is also referred to as the sports hub in Russia, home to the finest basketball, hockey and football teams in the country.

NIZHNY NOVGOROD

Founded in: 1221

Population: 1.2 million

Distance to Moscow: 425 km

Stadium capacity: 45,000

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium will host four group matches, Round of 16 game and a quarter-final.

Nizhny Novgorod has found a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

This city is home to 1.2 million people and is gradually developing into an important business and cultural centre in Russia.

MOSCOW

Founded in: 1147

Population: 12.3 million

Luzhniki Stadium capacity: 80,000

Opening Match, semi-final & Final will be played at the Luzhniki stadium

Moscow – the capital of the Russian Federation, is one of the most famous and beautiful cities in the world.

The city boasts of incredible architecture and its famous cultural landmarks draw attention of the art enthusiasts from all parts of the globe.

At the heart of Moscow’s 145-hectare Olympic complex you will find the Luzhniki Stadium, which is one of the largest sports complexes in the world.

ROSTOV-ON-DON

Founded in: 1749

Population: 1.1 million

Distance to Moscow: 1109 km

Stadium capacity: 45,000

Four group matches and a Round of 16 clash will be played at Rostov Arena

Rostov-on-Don is situated about 1,000 kilometres southeast of Moscow and is an important transport and cultural hub of southern Russia.

SOCHI

Founded in: 1838

Population: 401,000

Distance to Moscow: 1679 km

Stadium capacity: 48,000

Fisht Stadium will host four group games, a Round of 16 match

This city caught the attention of the global audience when it conducted the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

The city boasts of supreme infrastructure for sports like – mountain climbing, hang-gliding, diving, sailing, aqua bikes, skiing and much more.

SARANSK

Founded in: 1641

Population: 307,000

Distance to Moscow: 650 km

This is a much smaller city in comparison to others. It actively promotes sports and has completed the construction of a new state-of-the-art 40,000-seat football stadium.

VOLGOGRAD

Founded in: 1589 (named Stalingrad until 1961)

Population: 1 million

Distance to Moscow: 941 km

Stadium capacity: 45,000

Volgograd Arena will host matches in Groups A, D, G, and H

Volgograd is a sport loving city. Yelena Isynbayeva, who won multiple world pole-vaulting champion medals and also the ambassador for Russia’s bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup, began her sporting career in this city.

SAINT PETERSBURG

Founded in: 1703

Population: 5.2 million

Distance to Moscow: 687 km

Stadium capacity: 67,000

Saint Petersburg city centre is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Saint Petersburg Stadium will stage Round of 16 games, semi-final and match for the third place.

EKATERINBURG

Founded in: 1723

Population: 1.4 million

Distance to Moscow: 1755 km

Stadium capacity: 35,000

The city is also one of Russia’s  leading sports centres.

Ekaterinburg Arena will host matches in Groups A, C, F and H.

SAMARA

Founded in: 1586

Population: 1.1 million

Distance to Moscow: 1057 km

Stadium capacity: 45,000

Samara Arena to host four group games, Round of 16 match and a quarter-final.

With Inputs From FIFA.com