What is FIFA World Cup? –
- FIFA stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association, abbreviated as FIFA, acts as the global governing body.
- The FIFA World Cup 2018 is an International Football Competition contested by the various National Teams.
- This Football World Cup is the most prestigious association football tournament in the world.
- It is also the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games; the cumulative audience of all matches of the 2006 FIFA World Cup was estimated to be 26.29 billion with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the final match, a ninth of the entire population of the planet.
- The Host Nation for the 2018 World Cup is Russia and Defending Champion is Germanywinning its fourth title at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
- The FIFA World Cuptakes place every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930. However, the FIFA World Cup was not held in 1942 and 1946 due to the Second World War.
FIFA 2018 Opening Ceremony –
- The FIFA World Cup 2018 has started on 14th June 2018.
- As Russia gets ready to host the prestigious event, fans from all over the world are set to see the prominent superstars in action.
- Brazilian player Ronaldoand British Pop Star Robbie Williams will be attending the opening ceremony. Robbie Williams will sing alongside Russian soprano Aida Garifullina shortly before Russia face Saudi Arabia in the first match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.
- The Official Mascotof FIFA World Cup 2018, Zabivaka, is all set to celebrate the opening ceremony.
FIFA Format and Winning History –
- The format of the competition involves a Qualification Phase. It takes place over the preceding three years to determine which teams qualify for the World Cup. The Host Nation automatically qualifies for the World Cup.
- Thirty two teams compete in the World Cup for the title at venues within the Host Nation. The FIFA World Cup matches take place during a period of about a month.
- The 20 World Cup tournaments have been won by 8 National Teams.Brazil have won five times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. The other World Cup winners are Germany and Italy, with four titles each; Argentina and inaugural winner Uruguay, with two titles each; and England, France and Spain, with one title each.
Here’s the list of Host Nations and Winners of all the FIFA World Cup.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Groups –
All the competing National Teams will be divided into 8 groups.
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D||Group E||Group F||Group G||Group H|
FIFA 2018 Match Fixtures –
|Russia vs Saudi Arabia||Russia||5-0|
|Egypt vs Uruguay||Uruguay||0-1|
|Morocco vs Iran||Iran||0-1|
|Portugal vs Spain||Draw||3-3|
|France vs Australia||France||2-1|
|Argentina vs Iceland||Draw||1-1|
|Peru vs Denmark||Denmark||0-1|
|Croatia vs Nigeria||Croatia||2-0|
|Costa Rica vs Serbia||Serbia||0-1|
|Germany vs Mexico||Mexico||0-1|
|Brazil vs Switzerland||Draw||1-1|
|Sweden v Korea Republic||Sweden||1-0|
|Belgium vs Panama||Belgium||3-0|
|Tunisia vs England||England||1-2|
|Poland vs Senegal||Senegal||1-2|
|Colombia vs Japan||Japan||1-2|
|Russia vs Egypt||Russia||3-1|
|Portugal vs Morocco||Portugal||1-0|
|Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia||Uruguay||1-0|
|Iran vs Spain||Spain||0-1|
|France vs Peru||France||1-0|
|Denmark vs Australia||Draw||1-1|
|Argentina vs Croatia||Croatia||0-3|
|Brazil vs Costa Rica||Brazil||2-0|
|Nigeria vs Iceland||Nigeria||2-0|
|Serbia vs Switzerland||Switzerland||1-2|
|Belgium vs Tunisia||Belgium||5-2|
|Germany vs Sweden||Germany||2-1|
|Korea Republic vs Mexico||Mexico||1-2|
|England vs Panama||England||6-1|
|Japan vs Senegal||Draw||2-2|
|Poland vs Colombia||Colombia||0-3|
|Uruguay vs Russia||Uruguay||3-0|
|Saudi Arabia vs Egypt||Saudi Arabia||2-1|
|Spain vs Morocco||Draw||2-2|
|Iran vs Portugal||Draw||1-1|
|Denmark vs France|
|Australia vs Peru|
|Nigeria vs Argentina|
|Iceland vs Croatia|
|Korea Republic vs Germany|
|Mexico vs Sweden|
|Serbia vs Brazil|
|Switzerland vs Costa Rica|
|Japan vs Poland|
|Senegal vs Colombia|
|England vs Belgium|
|Panama vs Tunisia|
FIFA 2018 Knockouts –
|Match 49: Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up|
|Match 50: Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up|
|Match 51: Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up|
|Match 50: Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up|
|Match 52: Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up|
|Match 53: Group E winner vs. Group F runner-up|
|Match 54: Group G winner vs. Group H runner-up|
|Match 55: Group winner vs. Group E runner-up|
|Match 56:Group H winner vs. Group G runner-up|
|Quarterfinal: Match 57 (Match 49 winner vs. Match 50 winner)|
|Quarterfinal: Match 58 (Match 53 winner vs. Match 54 winner)|
|Quarterfinal: Match 59 (Match 51 winner vs. Match 52 winner)|
|Quarterfinal: Match 60 (Match 55 winner vs. Match 66 winner)|
|Semifinal: Match 61 (Match 57 winner vs. Match 58 winner)|
|Semifinal: Match 62 (Match 59 winner vs. Match 60 winner)|
|Third-place match: Match 63 (Match 61 loser vs. Match 62 loser)|
|Final: Match 64 (Match 61 winner vs. Match 62 winner)|