This is the 21st FIFA world cup which would begin on June 14 to end July 15, 2018, with the host country Russia, playing against Saudi Arabia in St Petersburg stadium, Moscow. The 21st Fifa world cup will hold for 32 days with 32 countries participating and 64 games in total and will be watched by the excited fans visiting for the first time through the special visa provided by FIFA are stated below. Some Facts about the Russia world cup includes;

1) Group D has been termed one of the most exciting group during FIFA world cup 2018 group analysis as it has the likes of Nigeria, Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland.

2) The official trophy to be presented by FIFA to the ”would be” champion of Russia 2018 is fashioned after the customary FIFA trophies with a cosmic outer space exploration twist, engraved with firebirds, folk patterns, and Matryoshkas.

3) With the growing online community of the world and FIFA interest in involving fans in this Russia 2018 world cup, the voting for the official mascot was done online with the Wolf Zabivaka wining. It was designed by a Russian student by the name of Ekaterina Bocharova.

4) Russia 2018 is the second to the last world cup 32 national teams would be participating in. From 2026, the national teams would be increased to 48.

Facts About Russia 2018 World Cup

5) From Europe, there are 14 National teams including Russia, Belgium, Croatia, England, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, France, Iceland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, Serbia, and Poland. Five African National teams comprising Nigeria, Eygpt, Senegal, Morocco, and Tunisia leaving out the former Champions South Africa in their wake. Three teams from North America are participating Panama, Mexico and Costa Rica with team USA failing to qualify for the first time since 1986. In South America continent there are five national teams including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Uruguay while the Asian teams are Australia, IR Iran, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.

6) Customary to FIFA’s policy, there would be FAN FEST in each city the matches would be held to provide a free environment for fans visiting to watch the matches free of charge, meet and interact with exciting people, and buy Russia 2018 souvenirs to take home. The rule for these party atmosphere viewing centres is that there are no rules, asides you getting there hours before game time to get a seat and socialise. There are a variety of places to choose from be it the stunning Family viewing centre in Kazan, Sparrow hills on the right bank of Moskva River or the famous beach promenade in Sochi to name a few.

Listed below are the eleven stadiums for the FIFA World Cup 2018 would be holding and the group fixtures in each stadium:

Moscow

Luzhniki Stadium | Capacity: 80,000 seats | Opening: 1956

Matches:

14 June 2018 18:00 – Russia vs Saudi Arabia – Group A

17 June 2018 18:00 – Germany vs Mexico – Group F

20 June 2018 15:00 – Portugal vs Morocco – Group B

26 June 2018 17:00 – Denmark vs France – Group C

1 July 2018 17:00 – 1B vs 2A – Round of 16

11 July 2018 21:00 – W59 vs W60 – Semi Final

15 July 2018 18:00 – W61 vs W62 – Final

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Saint Petersburg

Saint Petersburg Stadium | Capacity: 67,000 seats | Opening: 2017

Matches:

15 June 2018 17:00 – Morocco vs Iran – Group B

19 June 2018 21:00 – Russia vs Egypt – Group A

22 June 2018 15:00 – Brazil vs Costa Rica – Group E

26 June 2018 21:00 – Nigeria vs Argentina – Group D

3 July 2018 17:00 – 1F vs 2E – Round of 16

10 July 2018 21:00 – W57 vs W58 – Semi Final

14 July 2018 17:00 – L61 vs L62 – Third Place

 

Sochi

Fisht Stadium | Capacity: 48,000 seats | Opening: 2013

Matches:

15 June 2018 21:00 – Portugal vs Spain – Group B

18 June 2018 18:00 – Belgium vs Panama – Group G

23 June 2018 18:00 – Germany vs Sweden – Group F

26 June 2018 17:00 – Australia vs Peru – Group C

30 June 2018 21:00 – 1A vs 2B – Round of 16

7 July 2018 21:00 – W51 vs W52 – Quarter Final

 

Ekaterinburg

Ekaterinburg Arena | Capacity: 45,000 seats | Opening: 1957

Matches:

15 June 2018 17:00 – Egypt vs Uruguay – Group A

21 June 2018 17:00 – France vs Peru – Group C

24 June 2018 20:00 – Japan vs Senegal – Group H

27 June 2018 19:00 – Mexico vs Sweden – Group F

 

Kazan

Kazan Arena | Capacity: 45,000 seats | Opening: 2018

Matches:

16 June 2018 13:00 – France vs Australia – Group C

20 June 2018 21:00 – Iran vs Spain – Group B

24 June 2018 21:00 – Poland vs Colombia – Group H

27 June 2018 17:00 – the Korea Republic vs Germany – Group F

30 June 2018 17:00 – 1C vs 2D – Round of 16

6 July 2018 21:00 – W53 vs W54 – Quarter Final

 

Nizhny Novgorod

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium | Capacity: 45,000 seats | Opening: 2018

Matches:

18 June 2018 15:00 – Sweden vs the Korea Republic – Group F

21 June 2018 21:00 – Argentina vs Croatia – Group D

24 June 2018 15:00 – England vs Panama – Group G

27 June 2018 21:00 – Switzerland vs Costa Rica – Group E

1 July 2018 21:00 – 1D vs 2C – Round of 16

6 July 2018 17:00 – W49 vs W50 – Quarter Final

 

Rostov-on-Don

Rostov Arena | Capacity: 45,000 seats | Opening: 2018

Matches:

17 June 2018 21:00 – Brazil vs Switzerland – Group E

20 June 2018 18:00 – Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia – Group A

23 June 2018 21:00 – the Korea Republic vs Mexico – Group F

26 June 2018 21:00 – Iceland vs Croatia – Group D

2 July 2018 21:00 – 1G vs 2H – Round of 16

 

Samara

Samara Arena | Capacity: 45,000 seats | Opening: 2018

Matches:

17 June 2018 16:00 – Costa Rica vs Serbia – Group E

21 June 2018 19:00 – Denmark vs Australia – Group C

25 June 2018 18:00 – Uruguay vs Russia – Group A

28 June 2018 18:00 – Senegal vs Colombia – Group H

2 July 2018 18:00 – 1E vs 2F – Round of 16

7 July 2018 18:00 – W55 vs W56 – Quarter Final

 

Saransk

Mordovia Arena | Capacity: 45,000 seats | Opening: 2018

Matches:

16 June 2018 19:00 – Peru vs Denmark – Group C

19 June 2018 18:00 – Colombia vs Japan – Group H

25 June 2018 21:00 – Iran vs Portugal – Group B

28 June 2018 21:00 – Panama vs Tunisia – Group G

 

Volgograd

Volgograd Stadium | Capacity: 45,000 seats | Opening: 2018

Matches:

18 June 2018 21:00 – Tunisia vs England – Group G

22 June 2018 18:00 – Nigeria vs Iceland – Group D

25 June 2018 17:00 – Saudi Arabia vs Egypt – Group A

28 June 2018 17:00 – Japan vs Poland – Group H

 

Moscow

Spartak Stadium | Capacity: 42,000 seats | Opening: 2014

Matches:

16 June 2018 16:00 – Argentina vs Iceland – Group D

19 June 2018 15:00 – Poland vs Senegal – Group H

23 June 2018 15:00 – Belgium vs Tunisia – Group B

26 June 2018 17:00 – Serbia vs Brazil – Group C

3 July 2018 21:00 – 1H vs 2G – Round of 16

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Kaliningrad

Kaliningrad Stadium | Capacity: 35,212 seats | Opening: 2018

Matches:

16 June 2018 21:00 – Croatia vs Nigeria – Group D

22 June 2018 20:00 – Serbia vs Switzerland – Group E

25 June 2018 20:00 – Spain vs Morocco – Group B

28 June 2018 20:00 – England vs Belgium – Group G

 

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