The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take played across the many beautiful cities in Russia from June 14 – July 15. Football sides will compete at 12 stadiums in 11 different cities, including Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi, Nizhny Novgorod and Rostov-on-Don, to name a few.
The opening match, semi-final and final World Cup games will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which can hold around 80,000 spectators.
The final match World Cup match for 2018 will be held on Sunday, July 15.
Which are the sides to watch?
Right from the start, Germany, Brazil, Belgium and Portugal are among the highest-ranked teams by FIFA, as of April 2018. Germany is returning with bug dream of their 2014 title, and Portugal’s side, captained by Cristiano Ronaldo, is hoping to improve on their Euro 2016 win.
Keep your eyes on other favourites in the pools, France, Argentina and Spain as they are also burning to bring home the 2018 World Cup.
New comers to the tournament, Iceland will be competing in its first-ever World Cup after its stunning Euro 2016 run, and Panama will also be making their first appearance as well. Could they be 1st time lucky??
Here are the Teams
• AFRICA: Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia
• ASIA: Australia, IR Iran, Japan, Korean Republic and Saudi Arabia
• EUROPE: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland
• NORTH, CENTRAL AMERICA AND CARIBBEAN: Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama
• SOUTH AMERICA: Argentina, Brazil, Columbia, Peru and Uruguay
How can I watch the 2018 World Cup on TV?
Viewers can catch all 64 matches of the 2018 World Cup live on DSTV. Thirty-eight of those matches will air live, including the opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia on July 14, as well as the championship match on July 15. Check the schedule for times or click the link here: https://www.supersport.com/football/fifa-world-cup-2018/fixtures
Please note: Russia has 9 time zones, so many games will be played at odd hours in South African time, so don’t forget to PVR or record your favourite game, if you don’t want to watch at 3am.
Why is Russia hosting the 2018 World Cup?
“We go to new lands,” Sepp Blatter, the former FIFA president who has since been ousted from his role amid the high-profile bribing scandal, said at the time, according to the New York Times. “Never has the World Cup been in Russia and Eastern Europe, and the Middle East and Arabic world has been waiting for a long time.”
Russia’s bid beat those from England and joint bids from Spain and Portugal, as well as the Netherlands and Belgium.
Ref: Time.com, DSTV, FIFA