The FIFA World Cup 2018 fever is currently taking over globally. After all, it is the biggest football tournament in the world, which features the participation from numerous countries. It is the 21st FIFA World Cup, which has been hosted by Russia. Let’s learn more about World Cup 2018, the participants, venues, and so much more.
Part 1. FIFA 2018 World Cup
The Football World Cup 2018 is the 21st FIFA world cup, which is hosted by Russia. Most of the stadiums are located in European Russia to make the management easier. The estimated cost of the Russia World Cup 2018 is around $14 billion – which has made it the most expensive FIFA tournament so far. It was commenced on 14th June 2018 and will be held till 15th July 2018.
The World Cup 2018 has hosted 32 different teams from around the world. There was a qualifying tournament for the rest 31 teams. The host team (Russia) is qualified automatically. Out of all the teams, 20 were the existing teams who have been around in the last World Cup as well. There were plenty of new teams this year too, like Iceland and Panama.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 witnessed plenty of groundbreaking events. Besides being the most expensive World Cup so far, it is the first one in which VARs (Video Assistant Referees) are used. Also, it is the first time since 1938 when Germany was not able to move past the first round.
Part 2. FIFA World Cup 2018 Dates and Venues
The Football World Cup 2018 was inaugurated on 14th June 2018 with an elaborative ceremony. The opening match was between Russia and Saudi Arabia. From dancers to pop stars, it was certainly a diverse and colorful ceremony. The wolf Zabivaka, who is the mascot of the tournament, also stole the limelight during the event. Here’s a glimpse of the Russia 2018 World Cup opening ceremony.
The Round 16 would take place till July 3. The quarter and semi-finals will be held from 6th to 11th July 2018. Though, the final match of FIFA 18 World Cup will be held on 15th July in Moscow.
The World Cup 2018 is hosted in 11 different cities and 12 stadiums in Russia. Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Kaliningrad, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saransk, Volgograd, Sochi, Krasnodar Yaroslavl, Kazan, and Yekaterinburg are all the major cities where the World Cup would be held. Except Yekaterinburg, all the other cities are in European Russia.
Part 3. Russia World Cup 2018 Teams
As you know, a total of 32 teams have participated in the FIFA World Cup 2018. The teams are divided into 8 groups (A to H). Each group consists of 4 teams. From each group, 2 teams will be progressing to the Round 16 stage. Here is a complete listing of all the teams participating in World Cup 2018.
- Saudi Arabia
- Costa Rica
- South Korea
Part 4. FIFA 18 World Cup Match Highlights
While numerous matches have been played, some of them certainly became fan favorites. Here are the highlights of some of the best matches of the FIFA World Cup 2018.
1. England vs Belgium
It was certainly a memorable watch as two of the best European teams played against each other.
2. Japan vs Poland
The match was not only highly entertaining, but witnessed a great team spirit as well.
3. Panama vs Tunisia
Both of the teams are considered underdogs in this season. Though, their clash certainly proved their critics wrong.
4. Portugal vs Spain
The rivalry between these two western European nations is not new, which made this match highly entertaining.
5. Brazil vs Switzerland
While both the teams have progressed to the knockout round, their clash was certainly quite memorable.
Part 5. Watch Football World Cup Match Highlights on Snaptube
If you want to catch all the latest updates about Football World Cup 2018, then download Snaptube to your device. A freely available Android app, it features an extensive collection of videos of all kinds. You can watch the match highlights of your favorite teams, the player interviews, and all the other videos related to FIFA World Cup 2018. Besides that, you can also find content about other sports, movies, music, and more on Snaptube. A must-have Android app, it will make it easier for you to access unlimited content in HD quality whenever and wherever you want.
updated by Guest Editor on Jan 16, 2020