Population: 142 million
Previous hosting: None
World Cup best: Semi-finalists, 1966 (as USSR)
Number of proposed stadia/Biggest stadium: 15/Moscow Luzhniki (89,318)
Celeb figureheads: Vladimir Putin

Complex says: The favorite to win the 2018 bid. Russia offers FIFA an opportunity to break new ground in Europe, and the bid has been heavily backed with assurances from political powers in the country. But it received the lowest rating (86%) in its ability to meet revenue targets among the 2018 bidders, and there’s a lot of building work to be done. Additionally the huge size of the country creates logistical problems, and Putin has cast doubt over his appearance on Thursday.
Odds: 10/11