2018 Fifa World Cup - Venue: Russia Dates: 14 June-15 July

Russia is hosting the FIFA World Cup for the first time in history. The 2018 Fifa World Cup is under way on Thursday, this follows opening ceremony at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium when hosts Russia face Saudi Arabia.

During the ceremony, Russian president expressed gratitude to FIFA President Gianni Infantino for his positive attitude toward Russia and the great job he has done as the FIFA head.

Germany, who beat Argentina in the 2014 final, are looking to become the first team to win back-to-back World Cups since 1962.They are in Group F with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea. While Brazil seek a record-extending sixth world title.

Hosts Russia are also seeded, though they are the tournament’s lowest-placed team – 70th – in Fifa’s world rankings. England, who have won only one of their past eight World Cup matches, are unseeded, as are 2010 champions Spain.

Brazil are the only nation to have appeared at every single World Cup, but they have not won the tournament since 2002.England, winners in 1966, are the only team from the home nations to qualify and start against Tunisia on 18 June.

The matches will be held at 12 stadiums across 11 Russian cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi, Yekaterinburg, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan, Volgograd and Samara.

The month-long tournament is expected to attract one and a half million fans to Russia and an estimated global television audience of over three billion viewers.


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