The Russia Report
Follow Sky Sports' Andy May in Russia all next week
Last Updated: February 18, 2011 4:37pm
After they won the right to stage eastern Europe's first World Cup, Russia plays host to Sky Sports' Andy May as he files a series of special reports looking at preparations for 2018.
May flew into the Moscow airport that was targeted by a suicide bomber last month. Worryingly, most Russians he spoke to in the capital are not overly concerned about the threat of terrorism because to them it is 'normal' in their 'dangerous' city.
As well as the safety of any British supporters that travel to Russia in 2018, our man in Moscow will also be looking at the cost; the capital is widely regarded as one of the most expensive places to visit in the world.
The final in seven years will be held at the Luzhniki Stadium - one of sixteen venues. FC Twente have played Rubin Kazan this week on the controversial plastic pitch. We will find out exactly how this surface can be removed and replaced with grass - something promised in Russia's World Cup bid.
We will hear from a Russia international and explore the country's perceived racism problem; in December police clashed with several thousand Spartak Moscow fans outside The Kremlin.
Although the temperature is below freezing at the moment, Russia will not be much colder than South Africa last summer in June and July in 2018. Twente managed to beat Rubin 2-0 in the Europa League - and that was when the temperature was -4C.
You can hear Andy May's Russia Report all next week on Sky Sports News Radio and skysports.com.