World Cup 2018: Football showpiece set to begin in Russia

The 2018 Fifa World Cup gets under way on Thursday, when hosts Russia face Saudi Arabia following an opening ceremony at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

Football’s showpiece event features 32 teams, including holders Germany, competing in 64 games over 32 days.

The 21st edition will be played in 12 stadiums, across 11 cities, spread over 1,800 miles.

England, winners in 1966, are the only team from the home nations to qualify and start against Tunisia on 18 June.

Germany, who beat Argentina in the  2014 final,  are looking to become the first team to...


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World Cup 2018: Football showpiece set to begin in Russia


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