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FIFA 2018 World Cup Facts and Group Stage Match Schedule

FIFA 2018 World Cup Facts and Group Stage Match Schedule

Brazil hosted the 2014 World Cup, where Germany became the world champions by beating Argentina by 1-0 in the final. Russia was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010 with Wolf Zabivaka™ being the 2018 World Cup mascot. It was designed by student Ekaterina Bocharova and was selected through online voting. This year, FIFA 2018 World Cup  is scheduled to be from 14 June 2018 to 15 July 2018 in Russia.  Thirty two (32) teams have been divided into eight groups, consisting of four teams each. Two new teams of this year are Iceland and Panama.The top two (2) placed teams from each group will qualify for the knockout rounds. The last two teams left will play to win The World Cup 2018 and be called as Champions of the world.

This Blog Highlights the schedules for the Group matches Only along with some interesting facts on FIFA. Once the group match is over , i will Update the present match scenario with their schedule in the follow up blog posts.


This will be the 21st FIFA World Cup. The winners of this World Cup will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup. Indonesia was expelled by FIFA for participating in World Cup Russia 2018 qualifiers . Russia’s highest ever finish in the FIFA World Cup is the 4th position in the 1966 World Cup. Thus, this year the Home team is determined to goto the top and perhaps try to win it. FIFA started in Uruguay in 1930 and was the brainchild of Jules Rimet, then president of FIFA. The theme of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 is a dream and cosmic outer space exploration.

 

Brazil is the team with the most number of World Cup trophies, having won and becoming World Champions in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Brazilian legend Pele is the only player who has won the World Cup trophy thrice (1958, 1962 and 1970) and also being the youngest goal scorer.But its Germany’s Miroslav Klose who is the all-time highest goal scorer in the tournament with 16 goals from 24 matches. Ronaldo Luís Nazário de Lima of Brazil with 15 goals is the Second Highest goal scorer in FIFA world cup. Roger Milla of Cameroon at the age of 42  became the oldest goal scorer in FIFA scoring against Russia in 1994.

Groups
Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay

Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran

Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark

Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia

Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea

Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England

Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

 

The FIFA 2018 World Cup matches will be held in 11 cities:
1.Moscow (FIFA 2018 World Cup Final will be hosted here)
2.Saint Petersburg
3.Ekaterinburg
4.Kazan
5.Samara
6.Volgograd
7.Nizhny Novgorod
8.Saransk
9.Rostov-on-Don
10.Kaliningrad
11.Sochi

Group Stage Matches for FIFA 2018

The List is written in the format:

Match No –>  Match Between –>  Date –> Day –> Time (IST) –> Venue

1 Russia vs Saudi Arabia 14 June 2018 Thursday 8:30 PM Moscow

2 Egypt vs Uruguay 15 June 2018 Friday 5:30 PM Ekaterinburg

3 Morocco vs Iran 15 June 2018 Friday 8:30 PM St Petersburg

4 Portugal vs Spain 15 June 2018 Friday 11:30 PM Sochi

5 France vs Australia 16 June 2018 Saturday 3:30 PM Kazan

6 Argentina vs Iceland 16 June 2018 Saturday 6:30 PM Moscow

7 Peru vs Denmark 16 June 2018 Saturday 9:30 PM Saransk

8 Croatia vs Nigeria 17 June 2018 Sunday 12:30 AM Kaliningrad

9 Costa Rica vs Serbia 17 June 2018 Sunday 5:30 PM Samara

10 Germany vs Mexico 17 June 2018 Sunday 8:30 PM Moscow

11 Brazil vs Switzerland 17 June 2018 Sunday 11:30 PM Rostov-on-Don

12 Sweden vs Korea Republic 18 June 2018 Monday 5:30 PM Nizhny Novgorod

13 Belgium vs Panama 18 June 2018 Monday 8:30 PM Sochi

14 Tunisia vs England 18 June 2018 Monday 11:30 PM Volgograd

15 Colombia vs Japan 19 June 2018 Tuesday 5:30 PM Saransk

16 Poland vs Senegal 19 June 2018 Tuesday 8:30 PM Moscow

17 Russia vs Egypt 19 June 2018 Tuesday 11:30 PM St Petersburg

18 Portugal vs Morocco 20 June 2018 Wednesday 5:30 PM Moscow

19 Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia 20 June 2018 Wednesday 8:30 PM Rostov-on-Don

20 Iran vs Spain 20 June 2018 Wednesday 11:30 PM Kazan


 

21 Denmark vs Australia 21 June 2018 Thursday 5:30 PM Samara

22 France vs Peru 21 June 2018 Thursday 8:30 PM Ekaterinburg

23 Argentina vs Croatia 21 June 2018 Thursday 11:30 PM Nizhny Novgorod

24 Brazil vs Costa Rica 22 June 2018 Friday 5:30 PM St Petersburg

25 Nigeria vs Iceland 22 June 2018 Friday 8:30 PM Volgograd

26 Serbia vs Switzerland 22 June 2018 Friday 11:30 PM Kaliningrad

27 Belgium vs Tunisia 23 June 2018 Saturday 5:30 PM Moscow

28 Korea Republic vs Mexico 23 June 2018 Saturday 8:30 PM Rostov-on-Don

29 Germany vs Sweden 23 June 2018 Saturday 11:30 PM Sochi

30 England vs Panama 24 June 2018 Sunday 5:30 PM Nizhny Novgorod

31 Japan vs Senegal 24 June 2018 Sunday 8:30 PM Ekaterinburg

32 Poland vs Colombia 24 June 2018 Sunday 11:30 PM Kazan

33 Uruguay vs Russia 25 June 2018 Monday 7:30 PM Samara

34 Saudi Arabia vs Egypt 25 June 2018 Monday 7:30 PM Volgograd

35 Iran vs Portugal 25 June 2018 Monday 11:30 PM Kaliningrad

36 Spain vs Morocco 25 June 2018 Monday 11:30 PM Saransk

37 Denmark vs France 26 June 2018 Tuesday 7:30 PM Sochi

38 Australia vs Peru 26 June 2018 Tuesday 7:30 PM Moscow

39 Nigeria vs Argentina 26 June 2018 Tuesday 11:30 PM St Petersburg

40 Iceland vs Croatia 26 June 2018 Tuesday 11:30 PM Rostov-on-Don

41 Mexico vs Korea Republic 27 June 2018 Wednesday 5:30 PM Kazan

42 South Republic vs Germany 27 June 2018 Wednesday 7:30 PM Ekaterinburg

43 Serbia vs Brazil 27 June 2018 Wednesday 11:30 PM Moscow

44 Switzerland vs Costa Rica 27 June 2018 Wednesday 11:30 PM Nizhny Novgorod

45 Japan vs Poland 28 June 2018 Thursday 7:30 PM Volgograd

46 Senegal vs Colombia 28 June 2018 Thursday 7:30 PM Samara

47 Panama vs Tunisia 28 June 2018 Thursday 11:30 PM Saransk

48 England vs Belgium 28 June 2018 Thursday 11:30 PM Kaliningrad