Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) speaks to FIFA President Sepp Blatter during the 2014 World Cup final between Germany and Argentina at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro July 13, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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Any doubts that Russia will host the World Cup because of alleged vote-rigging in their winning bid five years ago now appear irrelevant, with huge construction programs going on in all 11 venue cities and this draw heralding the official start of the countdown to the finals in 2018 .A worldwide TV audience of around 100 million people in 170 countries will watch as the two men open proceedings at the draw for the qualifying round of the competition which has involved 206 of FIFA's 209 member nations.For the first time, including hosts Russia, all 209 FIFA members entered the World Cup, and although Zimbabwe and Indonesia were later banned because of infringements, 183 countries are still in contention to head to Russia and the 32-team finals in three years time.
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