FIFA World Cup 2018, Russia – Live Blog – Opening Ceremony

Gautam Sodhi / 14 June 2018

The mega event would begin on June 14th in Russia

20:30 – The countdown has come to an end, and now its time to witness history in Russia. Enjoy every bit of it because the showpiece of this volume comes once in four years!! GOODBYE!

20:27 – The national anthems of both the countries are over, and now the world would stare at the football pitch for the craziest of the actions to begin. The first match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 would get underway in a few minutes from now, where hosts Russia would square-off against Saudi Arabia in the group A game.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 14: The Saudi Arabia team line up prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

 

during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

20:23  – The president of Russia, the hosts of FIFA World Cup 2018, Vladimir Putin delivers a speech and thus welcomes the world to Russia for the greatest showpiece on the planet at the moment.

20:19 – Could you find something more miraculous to look at apart from this? I bet, no!!

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 14: Artist perform during the opening ceremony prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

20:17 – Robbie Williams and Russian artist, Aida Garifullina had everyone on their feet with the crowd seemingly going ga-ga over their spectacular performance.

20:15 – We cannot let you leave without having a look at the stars who lit the mega-event in Russia. Just keep your eyes stick on the screen.

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia.

20:12 – For all those who are wondering about the line-ups of the first game between Russia and Saudi Arabia, here they are.

20:09 – Look who is there to grace the venue and the event? The former Brazilian legend and two time World Cup winner, Ronaldo!!

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 14: Former Brazilian player Ronaldo shakes hands with Hatan Bahbir of Saudi Arabia prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Michael Regan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

20:07 – The opening ceremony at the very venue has begun, and the stage looks set for the biggest showpiece to be held in 2018; the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.

We are nearing the start of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, and a few of the images would depict what the atmosphere is like at the stadium in Moscow.

Fans from both the countries are present at the venue to feel the ‘once in a lifetime vibe’, and we can also see both the teams warming up.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 14: Players of Russia warm up prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

Speaking of Saudi Arabia, they last played the World Cup in 2006 and didn’t go past the Group Stages (GS).

Well, for those who wonder what the World Cup 12 years was all about? Just remember the Zidane headbutt in the finale, and Italy eventually winning it for the fourth time via a penalty shoot-out.

Having termed as dark horses, Saudi Arabia could possess a real threat to hosts Russia in tonight’s encounter, which the opening game of the FIFA World Cup 2018.

Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow would host this opening encounter, and to look at the visuals present, the crowd is getting in numbers, and they look pumped up.

To all the Russian fans out there, it’s time to step up and support your country. The world is looking at you, and its time to shine high.

To all, just stay wherever you are because things are about get wild in Russia.

The nerves are high, and so are the hopes. More than 160 countries, 4 billion people would be sticking to their television sets to witness the mega event, the event everyone has been waiting for four years now.

We would keep you updated about the opening ceremony, of course, the first game of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia between hosts and Saudi Arabia.

Hello everyone, we are just moments away from the greatest carnival on the planet, FIFA World Cup 2018.

A few of the notable countries who had missed the bus for FIFA World Cup 2018 are 2006 champions, Italy; 2014 semifinalists, the Netherlands and not to forget, the newest sensation in world football, Wales.

For the fans to not watch 2018 Champions League final hero, Gareth Bale in action would be disappointing. Not only him, but the veterans like Arjen Robben and Gianluigi Buffon also would not be seen plying their trade as well.

Defending champions Germany; five-time World Cup winners, Brazil along with the hosts of 2016 EURO Cup, France and 2010 champions, Spain would start as favourites.

Countries like England, Argentina and Belgium, would have their bases covered for being termed as the ‘dark horses’. Ruling anyone out anyone of them would be all but a mistake.

One of the grandest extravaganzas shows on the planet, FIFA World Cup would get underway in Russia this year. The mega event would begin on June 14th, with 32 teams battling it out for the ultimate glory. The finale would be played on July 15th.