Phil Goff good-naturedly piped in, “I’m not sure the city will appreciate me giving away the chains, but if that’s what it takes to win the world cup… Ronaldo and Portugal arrived in Russia for the 2018 World Cup as European champions and they were landed in an intriguing group alongside their Iberian rivals Spain, as well as Morocco and Iran. FIFA went with Hollywood glitz over history by selecting SoFi — a venue not proposed on the committee’s initial list — over the venerable Rose Bowl in nearby Pasadena, which hosted the 1994 men’s final and the 1999 women’s final.