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FIFA World Cup 2018 at Russia

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. This will be the first occasion when a football world cup will be hosted at Soviet Union area.

Fifa World Cup 2018 at Russia.

Host Selection

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.

Official Mascot

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 FIFA world cup official mascot zabivaka

2018 FIFA world cup official mascot “Zabivaka”

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.

Venues

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.

GROUND CITY CAPACITY
Luzhniki Stadium Moscow 81,000
Otkrytie Arena Moscow 44,929
Zenit Arena Saint Petersburg 66,881
Kaliningrad Stadium Kaliningrad 35,000
Kazan Arena Kazan 45,105
Strelka Stadium Nizhny Novgorod 44,899
Samara Stadium Samara 44,918
Central Stadium Volgograd 45,015
Yubileyniy Stadium Saransk 45,015
Levberdon Arena Rostov-on-Don 43,702
Fisht Olympic Stadium Sochi 47,659
Central Stadium Yekaterinburg 35,000

Qualified Teams

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.

  1. Russia
  2. Brazil
  3. Iran
  4. Japan
  5. Mexico
  6. Belgium
  7. South Korea
  8. Saudi Arabia
  9. Germany
  10. England
  11. Spain
  12. Nigeria
  13. Costa Rica
  14. Poland
  15. Egypt
  16. Iceland
  17. Serbia
  18. Portugal
  19. France
  20. Uruguay
  21. Argentina
  22. Colombia
  23. Panama
  24. Senegal
  25. Morocco
  26. Tunisia
  27. Switzerland
  28. Croatia
  29. Sweden
  30. Denmark
  31. Australia
  32. Peru

Groups

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
Russia Portugal France Argentina
Saudi Arabia Spain Australia Iceland
Egypt Morocco Peru Croatia
Uruguay Iran Denmark Nigeria
Group E Group F Group G Group H
Brazil Germany Belgium Poland
Switzerland Mexico Panama Senegal
Costa Rica Sweden Tunisia Colombia
Serbia Korea Republic England Japan

Schedule

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.

Fixtures

Download: FIFA World Cup 2018 Fixtures PDF

Date Match Fixture Venue
14 June 2018 Match 1 Russia vs Saudi Arabia Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
15 June 2018 Match 2 Egypt vs Uruguay Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
15 June 2018 Match 3 Portugal vs Spain Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
15 June 2018 Match 4 Morocco vs Iran Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
16 June 2018 Match 5 France vs Australia Kazan Arena, Kazan
16 June 2018 Match 6 Peru vs Denmark Mordovia-Arena, Saransk
16 June 2018 Match 7 Argentina vs Iceland Spartak Stadium, Moscow
16 June 2018 Match 8 Croatia vs Nigeria Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
17 June 2018 Match 9 Brazil vs Switzerland Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don
17 June 2018 Match 10 Costa Rica vs Serbia Cosmos Arena, Samara
17 June 2018 Match 11 Germany vs Mexico Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
18 June 2018 Match 12 Sweden vs Korea Republic Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
18 June 2018 Match 13 Belgium vs Panama Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
18 June 2018 Match 14 Tunisia vs England Central Stadium, Volgograd
19 June 2018 Match 15 Poland vs Senegal Spartak Stadium, Moscow
19 June 2018 Match 16 Colombia vs Japan Mordovia-Arena, Saransk
19 June 2018 Match 17 Russia vs Egypt Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
20 June 2018 Match 18 Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don
20 June 2018 Match 19 Portugal vs Morocco Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
20 June 2018 Match 20 Iran vs Spain Kazan Arena, Kazan
21 June 2018 Match 21 France vs Peru Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
21 June 2018 Match 22 Denmark vs Australia Cosmos Arena, Samara
21 June 2018 Match 23 Argentina vs Croatia Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
22 June 2018 Match 24 Nigeria vs Iceland Central Stadium, Volgograd
22 June 2018 Match 25 Brazil vs Costa Rica Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
22 June 2018 Match 26 Serbia vs Switzerland Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
23 June 2018 Match 27 Germany vs Sweden Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
23 June 2018 Match 28 Korea Republic vs Mexico Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don
23 June 2018 Match 29 Belgium vs Tunisia Spartak Stadium, Moscow
24 June 2018 Match 30 England vs Panama Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
24 June 2018 Match 31 Poland vs Colombia Kazan Arena, Kazan
24 June 2018 Match 32 Japan vs Senegal Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
25 June 2018 Match 33 Uruguay vs Russia Cosmos Arena, Samara
25 June 2018 Match 34 Saudi Arabia vs Egypt Central Stadium, Volgograd
25 June 2018 Match 35 Iran vs Portugal Mordovia-Arena, Saransk
25 June 2018 Match 36 Spain vs Morocco Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
26 June 2018 Match 37 Denmark vs France Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
26 June 2018 Match 38 Australia vs Peru Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
26 June 2018 Match 39 Nigeria vs Argentina Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
26 June 2018 Match 40 Iceland vs Croatia Levberdon Arena, Rostov-on-Don
27 June 2018 Match 41 Serbia vs Brazil Spartak Stadium, Moscow
27 June 2018 Match 42 Switzerland vs Costa Rica Strelka Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
27 June 2018 Match 43 Korea Republic vs Germany Kazan Arena, Kazan
27 June 2018 Match 44 Mexico vs Sweden Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
28 June 2018 Match 45 England vs Belgium Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
28 June 2018 Match 46 Panama vs Tunisia Mordovia-Arena, Saransk
28 June 2018 Match 47 Japan vs Poland Central Stadium, Volgograd
28 June 2018 Match 48 Senegal vs Colombia 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

Quarter-Finals

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

Semi-Finals

10 July 2018 Match 61 Semi-Final 1 Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg
11 July 2018 Match 62 Semi-Final 2 Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Third Place

14 July 2018 Match 63 Third Place Match Zenit Arena, Saint Petersburg

Final

15 July 2018 Match 64 Final Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Download: FIFA World Cup 2018 Fixtures PDF

Broadcasting Rights

SBS, DirecTV, beIN Sports and EBU are the major broadcasting networks for 18th Football world cup. The full list of broadcasters and TV channels network can be found here.

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