One of the biggest sporting events on the planet is about to begin. Yes, it is The FIFA World cup. It is the fiercest competition one will witness in the history of sports where some of the best countries will battle for the ultimate football world cup crown.

The international football competition, FIFA World Cup takes place every four years where some of the biggest names in the football world face each other. This year, 32 teams will head to Russia for a month-long football extravaganza with fan’s favorites like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who will lead their national teams.

Sadly, this year fans will miss a few top-class teams such as Italy, Netherlands, and Chile as this teams failed to qualify to play the tournament.

Here is what you should know before this high-intensity month-long football tournament kicks off.

When and where is the FIFA World Cup 2018?

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The 2018 FIFA World Cup starts from June 14 and will be a month-long tournament till July 15 and will take place at cities in Russia. Teams will compete at 12 stadiums in 11 different cities, including Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, and Nizhny Novgorod and other. Important games such as opening match, semi-final, and final will be played at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow as FIFA announced last year. The stadium can hold around 80,000 spectators. The Final match of the FIFA World Cup is expected to be played on July 15.

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Stadiums –
Ekaterinburg (Ekaterinburg Arena)
Capacity: 35,696.
Kaliningrad (Kaliningrad Stadium)
Capacity: 35,212
Kazan (Kazan Arena)
Capacity: 44,779.
Moscow (Luzhniki Stadium)
Capacity: 81,006.
Moscow (Spartak Stadium)
Capacity: 43,298.
Nizhny Novgorod (Nizhny Novgorod Stadium)
Capacity: 45,331.
Rostov-on-Don (Rostov Arena)
Capacity: 45,145.
St Petersburg (St Petersburg Stadium)
Capacity: 68,134.
Samara (Samara Arena)
Capacity: 44,807.
Saransk (Mordovia Arena)
Capacity: 44,442.
Sochi (Fisht Stadium)
Capacity: 47,700.
Volgograd (Volgograd Arena)
Capacity: 45,568.

Teams to watch for?

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Teams such as Germany, Brazil, Belgium, and Portugal are among the highest-ranked teams by FIFA in April. Germany is the current world football champions and will return with hopes of defending its 2014 title. Argentina, France, and Argentina will also look for a strong return. While, Iceland will be competing in its first-ever World Cup after its stunning Euro 2016 run, and Panama will make its first appearance as well. Whereas, Peru will mark a return to the World Cup for the first time in 36 years.

What are the 2018 World Cup groups and fixtures?

Group A
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Egypt
Uruguay
Thursday June 14 – Russia vs Saudi Arabia, 4pm, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.
Friday, June 15 – Egypt vs Uruguay, 1 pm, Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg.
Tuesday June 19 – Russia vs Egypt, 7pm, Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Wednesday June 20 – Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia, 4pm, Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Monday June 25 – Saudi Arabia vs Egypt, 3pm, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Monday June 25 – Uruguay vs Russia, 3pm, Samara Arena, Samara

Group B
Portugal
Spain
Morocco
Iran
Friday, June 15 – Morocco vs Iran, 4 pm, Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Friday, June 15 – Portugal vs Spain, 7 pm, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Wednesday, June 20 – Portugal v Morocco, 1 pm, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Wednesday, June 20 – Iran vs Spain, 7 pm, Kazan Arena, Kazan
Monday, June 25 – Iran vs Portugal, 7 pm, Mordovia Arena, Saransk
Monday, June 25 – Spain vs Morocco, 7 pm, Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

Group C
France
Australia
Peru
Denmark
Saturday, June 16 – France vs Australia, 11 am, Kazan Arena, Kazan
Saturday, June 16 – Peru vs Denmark, 5 pm, Mordovia Arena, Saransk
Thursday, June 21 – Denmark vs Australia, 1 pm, Samara Arena, Samara
Thursday, June 21 – France vs Peru, 4 pm, Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
Tuesday, June 26 – Australia vs Peru, 3 pm, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Tuesday, June 26 – Denmark vs France, 3 pm – Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Group D
Argentina
Iceland
Croatia
Nigeria
Saturday, June 16 – Argentina vs Iceland, 2 pm, Otkrytie Arena, Moscow
Saturday, June 16 – Croatia vs Nigeria, 8 pm, Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Thursday, June 21 – Argentina vs Croatia, 7 pm, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Friday, June 22 – Nigeria vs Iceland, 4 pm, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Tuesday, June 26 – Iceland vs Croatia, 7 pm, Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Tuesday, June 26 – Nigeria vs Argentina, 7 pm, Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

Group E
Brazil
Switzerland
Costa Rica
China
Sunday, June 17 – Costa Rica vs Serbia, 1 pm, Samara Arena, Samara
Sunday, June 17 – Brazil vs Switzerland, 7 pm, Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Friday, June 22 – Brazil vs Costa Rica, 1 pm, Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Friday, June 22 – Serbia vs Switzerland, 7 pm, Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Wednesday, June 27 – Serbia vs Brazil, 7 pm, Otkrytie Arena, Moscow
Wednesday, June 27 – Switzerland vs Costa Rica, 7 pm, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

Group F
Germany
Mexico
Sweden
South Korea
Sunday, June 17 – Germany vs Mexico, 4 pm, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Monday, June 18 – Sweden vs South Korea, 1 pm, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
Saturday, June 23 – South Korea vs Mexico, 4 pm, Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
Saturday, June 23 – Germany vs Sweden, 7 pm, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Wednesday, June 27 – South Korea vs Germany, 3 pm, Kazan Arena, Kazan
Wednesday, June 27 – Mexico vs Sweden, 3 pm, Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

Group G
Belgium
Panama
Tunisia
England
Monday, June 18 – Belgium vs Panama, 4 pm, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
Monday, June 18 – Tunisia vs England, 7 pm, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Saturday, June 23 – Belgium vs Tunisia, 1 pm, Otkrytie Arena, Moscow
Sunday, June 24 – England vs Panama, 1 pm, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

Thursday, June 28 – England vs Belgium, 7 pm, Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
Thursday, June 28 – Panama vs Tunisia, 7 pm, Mordovia Arena, Saransk

Group H
Poland
Senegal
Colombia
Japan
Tuesday, June 19 – Colombia vs Japan, 1 pm, Mordovia Arena, Saransk
Tuesday, June 19 – Poland vs Senegal, 4 pm, Otkrytie Arena, Moscow
Sunday, June 24 – Japan vs Senegal, 4 pm, Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
Sunday, June 24 – Poland vs Colombia, 7 pm, Kazan Arena, Kazan
Thursday, June 28 – Japan vs Poland, 3 pm, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Thursday, June 28 – Senegal vs Colombia, 3 pm, Samara Arena, Samara

Where in India can you watch the matches?

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Viewers of India enjoy the FIFA world cup live on Sony Network as Its Football world cup 2018 official broadcaster of India country. Sony Ten 2 / Sony Six / Sony ESPN channel bring the world cup live in India.

So, the countdown begins for the greatest football event of 2018. Fans around the world are ready to support their favorite teams and players and witness some amazing football. Let’s wait and watch who wears the crown of the world champions of the football this year.

 

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