The 21st edition of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A quadrennial extravaganza championship of national teams of the member nations of FIFA is going to be host by Russia. Its 12 venues in 11 cities from June 14 to July 15. This is the first world cup to be hold in Europe since 2006 fixture in Germany and 11th overall. This year’s clash involves around 32 teams divide into 8 groups. It consisting of 4 teams in each group to play 64 matches in a month long tournament. The official Mascot is “Zabivaka” which means “One Who Scores”in Russian, for the “wolf” who scatters fun. It will not only promote and entertain bystanders in the stadium but also become an ambassador for Russia.
The qualifying matches for this competition were nothing sort of a roller coaster ride. At one hand USA, CHILE and four time champion ITALY could not cross the final hurdle. On the other teams like ICELAND and PANAMA took everyone by storm and gave some out of the blue performances to qualify for this coveted bout.
This highly sought after event will kicked off on June 14 with SAUDIA ARABIA locking its horns with RUSSIA. But the first much anticipated match will be played on 15 June when big guns like PORTUGAL and SPAIN will flex their muscles. As the tournament progresses, some pulse pounding and nerve racking matches will be on the table for the eager spectators before a summit clash at as high as 81000 seating capacity Luzhniki Stadium in Russia on 15 July.
But for the moment, restraint your inquisitiveness with bated breadth while keeping your eyes at the calendar to click June 14.