The streets of Saransk, capital of the Republic of Mordovia, are ready receive the city's first visitors as the preparations for the 2018 World Cup get underway, footage filmed in September reveals. Saransk's historical monuments will feature high on the list for footy fans, as the city is known for its bronze statues and sublime cathedrals. Russia will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup for the... Еще first time between June 14th to July 15th, 2018 and selected cities are getting prepared to welcome international superstars across the country's 12 stadiums. The group stages draw for the tournament will take place on December 1st, 2017. Saransk, with a population of 298,000 people, has been chosen to host four matches during the tournament's opening round of fixtures.