Russia will be hosting the next World Cup in 2018! The country will be host to the first World Cup in Eastern Europe and the first World Cup to be held on two continents. The country submitted its candidacy in early 2009 and was selected by the FIFA Executive Committee in Zurich on December 2, 2010, beating out England and joint bids from Portugal/Spain and Belgium/Netherlands.
Russian Post has issued the first set of stamps to celebrate this event and StampNews.com recommends these items to all football fans and stamp collectors.
USSR joined the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) a year after the end of the Great Patriotic War ‒ on 25 June 1946. The 6th edition of FIFA World Cup, which took place in Sweden in 1958, was the first tournament the national team of the Soviet Union participated in.
Russian football players have been qualified for FIFA World Cup tournaments ten times. In total of 40 games, the Russian team won seventeen times and six games ended in a draw. The best result of the Russian team at world tournaments is the fourth place at the 1966 FIFA World Cup England.
The postage stamps depict Soviet stamps issued in 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, and the official trophy of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.