The 21st edition of FIFA World Cup has been scheduled to be held in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. 32 countries will be participating in 2018 FIFA World Cup. Germany will be the defending champion in the tournament if they qualify. This will be the first occasion when a football world cup will be hosted at Soviet Union area.
At the initial stage 9 countries bid to host Fifa World Cup 2018. On 2 December, 2010 Federation International de Football Association announced that 21st FIFA world cup will be played in Russia.
FIFA announced the official mascot for 2018 world cup on 21 October, 2016. The official FIFA world cup 2018 Russia mascot is named as “Zabivaka” which means “the one who scores” as per Russian language. There was race among three mascots a cat, a tiger and a wolf to become mascot for the tournament. But with 53%, wolf was chosen. The wolf signifies the fun, charm and confidence.
2018 world cup official mascot was developed and designed by student designer Ekaterina Bocharova. Tiger and cat received 27% and 20% votes respectively. As per Federation International Football Association, 1,000,000 votes were cast and 537522 votes were given to wolf “Zabivaka”.
The mascot will also be used in FIFA Confederations Cup 2017.
There will be 11 cities and 12 grounds hosting the FIFA world cup 2018. Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow may host final of 2018 Fifa world cup.
|Zenit Arena||Saint Petersburg||66,881|
|Strelka Stadium||Nizhny Novgorod||44,899|
|Fisht Olympic Stadium||Sochi||47,659|
There are 32 teams participating in 2018 football world cup. Russia qualified for the championship as they will host the even. Brazil is the first team to qualify for the world cup.
Host Russia is placed in the Group A as FIFA announced the schedule of 2018 world cup. Rest 31 teams are divided in the 8 groups of competition.
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Group E||Group F||Group G||Group H|
Federation Internationale de Football Association declared the full schedule on 24 July, 2015. Hosts Russia will be playing opening match of world cup on 14 June, 2018 at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Luzhniki Stadium will host second semi-final and final of the tournament on 11 and 15 July 2018 respectively.
Download: FIFA World Cup 2018 Fixtures PDF
|14 June 2018||Match 1||Russia vs A2||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|15 June 2018||Match 2||A3 vs A4||Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg|
|15 June 2018||Match 3||B1 vs B2||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi|
|15 June 2018||Match 4||B3 vs B4||Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg|
|16 June 2018||Match 5||C1 vs C2||Kazan Arena, Kazan|
|16 June 2018||Match 6||C3 vs C4||Mordovia-Arena, Saransk|
|16 June 2018||Match 7||D1 vs D2||Spartak Stadium, Moscow|
|16 June 2018||Match 8||D3 vs D4||Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad|
|17 June 2018||Match 9||E1 vs E2||Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don|
|17 June 2018||Match 10||E3 vs E4||Cosmos Arena, Samara|
|17 June 2018||Match 11||F1 vs F2||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|18 June 2018||Match 12||F3 vs F4||Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod|
|18 June 2018||Match 13||G1 vs G2||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi|
|18 June 2018||Match 14||G3 vs G4||Central Stadium, Volgograd|
|19 June 2018||Match 15||H1 vs H2||Spartak Stadium, Moscow|
|19 June 2018||Match 16||H3 vs H4||Mordovia-Arena, Saransk|
|19 June 2018||Match 17||Russia vs A3||Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg|
|20 June 2018||Match 18||A4 vs A2||Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don|
|20 June 2018||Match 19||B1 vs B3||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|20 June 2018||Match 20||B2 vs B4||Kazan Arena, Kazan|
|21 June 2018||Match 21||C1 vs C3||Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad|
|21 June 2018||Match 22||C2 vs C4||Cosmos Arena, Samara|
|21 June 2018||Match 23||D1 vs D3||Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod|
|22 June 2018||Match 24||D2 vs D4||Central Stadium, Volgograd|
|22 June 2018||Match 25||E1 vs E3||Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg|
|22 June 2018||Match 26||E2 vs E4||Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg|
|23 June 2018||Match 27||F1 vs F3||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi|
|23 June 2018||Match 28||F2 vs F4||Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don|
|23 June 2018||Match 29||G1 vs G3||Spartak Stadium, Moscow|
|24 June 2018||Match 30||G2 vs G4||Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod|
|24 June 2018||Match 31||H1 vs H3||Kazan Arena, Kazan|
|24 June 2018||Match 32||H2 vs H4||Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad|
|25 June 2018||Match 33||A4 vs Russia||Cosmos Arena, Samara|
|25 June 2018||Match 34||A2 vs A3||Central Stadium, Volgograd|
|25 June 2018||Match 35||B4 vs B1||Mordovia-Arena, Saransk|
|25 June 2018||Match 36||B2 vs B3||Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg|
|26 June 2018||Match 37||C4 vs C1||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|26 June 2018||Match 38||C2 vs C3||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi|
|26 June 2018||Match 39||D4 vs D1||Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg|
|26 June 2018||Match 40||D2 vs D3||Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don|
|27 June 2018||Match 41||E4 vs E1||Spartak Stadium, Moscow|
|27 June 2018||Match 42||E3 vs E2||Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod|
|27 June 2018||Match 43||F4 vs F1||Kazan Arena, Kazan|
|27 June 2018||Match 44||F3 vs F2||Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad|
|28 June 2018||Match 45||G4 vs G1||Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg|
|28 June 2018||Match 46||G3 vs G2||Mordovia-Arena, Saransk|
|28 June 2018||Match 47||H4 vs H1||Central Stadium, Volgograd|
|28 June 2018||Match 48||H3 vs H2||Cosmos Arena, Samara|
Round of 16
|30 June 2018||Match 49||Group A(W) vs Group B(R)||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi|
|30 June 2018||Match 50||Group C(W) vs Group D(R)||Kazan Arena, Kazan|
|1 July 2018||Match 51||Group B(W) vs Group A(R)||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|1 July 2018||Match 52||Group D(W) vs Group C(R)||Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod|
|2 July 2018||Match 53||Group E(W) vs Group F(R)||Cosmos Arena, Samara|
|2 July 2018||Match 54||Group G(W) vs Group H(R)||Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don|
|3 July 2018||Match 55||Group F(W) vs Group E(R)||Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg|
|3 July 2018||Match 56||Group H(W) vs Group G(R)||Spartak Stadium, Moscow|
|6 July 2018||Match 57||Quarter-Final 1||Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod|
|6 July 2018||Match 58||Quarter-Final 2||Kazan Arena, Kazan|
|7 July 2018||Match 59||Quarter-Final 3||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi|
|7 July 2018||Match 60||Quarter-Final 4||Cosmos Arena, Samara|
|10 July 2018||Match 61||Semi-Final 1||Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg|
|11 July 2018||Match 62||Semi-Final 2||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
|14 July 2018||Match 63||Third Place Match||Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg|
|15 July 2018||Match 64||Final||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow|
Download: FIFA World Cup 2018 Fixtures PDF
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