12 beautiful grounds of 11 cities in Russia are ready to host 21st FIFA World Cup. The best 32 teams in the football world are all set for the biggest event of the year. FIFA World Cup 2018 will begin today in Russia
Apart from current champion Germany, strong teams such as Spain, Brazil, Argentina, France, and Belgium will once again be the dominant contenders for the title. However, the defending champions Germany and Five-time FIFA World Cup Champion Brazil are considered as the strongest contenders to win the Football World Cup June 14 to July 15.
The opening ceremony will be held from 18.309 PM IST (6.30 PM). at the Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow, Russia today.
At the inaugural ceremony of the FIFA World Cup, 2018 that, the Hollywood star Will Smith and Nicky Zam will be present there. They both will perform on the FIFA World Cup 2018’s official song Will It Up.
Along with the famous British pop star Robbie Williams and classical singer Aida Garifilena of Russia, around 500 dancers will entertain just before the inaugural match.
Brazilian legendary footballer Ronaldo will also be present at the inaugural ceremony.
The First Match:
The first match of the World Cup will be played between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium.
This match of Group A will be very important for Russia. Along with Russia and Saudi Arabia, this group includes strong teams like Egypt and Uruguay.
32 teams in 8 groups:
Apart from the host Russia for 2018 World Cup, 31 teams have been placed in eight groups. Every team will play three matches at the group stage and then for the pre-quarterfinals two teams will qualify from each group.
Look at the legends:
In this World Cup, 736 players will be seen giving their best but Argentina’s star striker and Captain Lionel Messi, Neymar of Brazil, Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal, Andre Iniesta of Spain and German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will be the star entertainer to watch. Many of these will play this world cup for the last time.
There will also be quite a disappointment with the absence of players like the Gianluigi Buffon, Gareth Bale and Alexis Sanchez.
Awards and Prize Money:
- The Football World Champion will get 18 carats shining gold trophy.
- The total prize money is $ 79 million (about 53 billion INR).
- This prize money is 40%more than the last World Cup in Brazil in 2014.
- The World Champion will get $ 30 million (INR 225 crore), which is $ 3 million more than the last time.
- The Golden Ball: The best performer in the World Cup.
- Golden Boot: Most goal scorer in the world
- Golden Glove: Best Goal Keeper of the World Cup.
Russia vs. Saudi Arabia
Ground: Luzhniki Stadium
Time: 8:30 pm
Broadcast: On Sony Network
FIFA World Cup 2018 and Russia:
“Russia is fully prepared for the World Cup. I assure the safety and comfort of all football fans. This World Cup is of great importance to Russia. The dreams of all Russian citizens have come true.”
– Vladimir Putin, President, Russia