2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is being held in Russia this time, with the hosts scheduled to kick off the tournament with an encounter with Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 14 June. A total of 32 nations will participate in the 'Greatest Show on Earth', vying for the coveted trophy.

The absence of four times champions Italy, three times finalists Netherlands and Copa America champions Chile will be felt, but a World Cup is a World Cup and there will be no dearth of excitement.

Two times champions Argentina, the beaten finalists of the last edition, were also on the brink, but a Lionel Messi hattrick sent them through to Russia.

Five times champions Brazil will be out to banish the ghosts of their humiliating loss to eventual champions Germany in 2014 and they are the hottest favourites this time. Four times champions Germany will not let it go so easily though.

Spain, winners of the 2010 edition, and France, champions of 1998, will also be in the running for the title.

The teams have been split into eight groups, with the top two from each of them moving to the last 16. The quarterfinals and the semifinals will follow, before the mega event rounds off with the final at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on 15 July.

World Cup Fixture

30 June 2018 Saturday

49th 8:00 PM - Kazan

Argentina

Vs

France

50th 12:00 AM - Sochi

Uruguay

Vs

Portugal

1 July 2018 Sunday

51th 08:00 PM - Moscow

Spain

Vs

Russia

52th 12:00 am - Novgorod

Croatia

Vs

Denmark

2 July 2018 Monday

53th 08:00 PM - Samara

Brazil

Vs

Mexico

54th 12:00 am - Rostov

Belgium

Vs

Japan

3 July 2018 Tuesday

55th 08:00 PM - St Petersburg

Sweden

Vs

Switzerland

56th 12:00 am - Moscow

Colombia

Vs

England


Quarter-Finals

6 July 2018 Friday

57th 08:00 PM - Novgorod

Uruguay

Vs

France

58th 12:00 am - Kazan

Brazil

Vs

Belgium

7 July 2018 Saturday

60th 08:00 PM - Samara

Sweden

Vs

England

59th 12:00 am - Sochi

Russia

Vs

Croatia


Semi-Finals

10 July 2018 Tuesday

61th 12:00 am - St Petersburg

France

Vs

Belgium

11 July 2018 Wednesday

62th 12:00 am - Moscow

Croatia

Vs

England


Third Place Play-Off

14 July 2018 Sunday

63th 08:00 PM - St Petersburg

Belgium

Vs

England


Final

15 July 2018 Sunday

64th 09:00 PM - Moscow

France

Vs

Croatia

* The fixture follows Bangladesh time.

* Matches scheduled for midnight or after that will in fact be played on the next day. For an example, a match scheduled for 12:00 midnight on 19 June is in fact being played in the first hours of 20 June.

* The matches of the knockout stage (Round of 16) will begin on 30 June. The quarterfinals will be played on 6 and 7 July while the semifinals are slated for 10 and 11 July. The third place play off will be held on 14 July while the final will be played on 15 July.

   
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