FIFA World Cup 2018 | Sportzwiki

The world is getting ready for yet another edition of the FIFA World Cup – one of the biggest sporting extravaganzas on the planet.

Under the governing body, Fédération Internationale de Football Association, or just FIFA, the competition has been held every four since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. 13 teams had taken part in the inaugural edition which was won by Uruguay. Since then, the competition has only grown from strength to strength.

The 21st edition of the competition will be held in Russia. The competition kickoffs on June 14 while the final will be played on July 15.  32 teams will fight it out for the holy grail of the football as the fans are looking towards another enthralling edition of the tournament which has always lived up to expectations.

Of the 32 teams taking part, 20 of those will be making back-to-back appearances, including reigning champions, Germany.  There are also some teams who are appearing in the World Cup for the very first time such as Iceland and Panama. On the other hand,  this edition would also be the first in 60 years without the participation of Italy. The four-times World Cup winners missed out this time after losing to Sweden in the qualifying playoff in November.

Hosts Russia will take on Saudi Arabia in the curtain-raiser at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

Defending Champions Germany will open their campaign against Mexico on the 17th, before taking on Sweden and Korea Republic in their remaining fixtures.

Last editions’ runners-up Argentina will take on Icelandbefore locking horns against  Croatia and Nigeria. Lionel Messi & Co. are one of the favourites to lift the tile.

Reigning European champions Portugal will fight it out against Spain in their first game of Group B which also consists of Morocco and Iran.

The much-awaited tournament will witness a watershed moment in the game. The upcoming edition will be the first World Cup in history to make use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).


FIFA World Cup 2018: Captain Harry Kane Wins it for England

/ 19 June 2018
Harry Kane

Harry Kane scored a brace to help England beat Tunisia 2-1 in their FIFA World Cup 2018 opener.

Harry Kane marked his World Cup debut with a stoppage-time winner, as England made hard work of overcoming Tunisia 2-1. It takes them at the second position in Group G with Belgium at the top.


FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia Forward Sent Home after Refusing to Come on as Substitute

/ 19 June 2018
Nikola Kalinic

Nikola Kalinic of Croatia has been sent home after the striker refused to come out as a substitute.

Nikola Kalinic of Croatia has been sent home from the FIFA World Cup 2018 after refusing to come on as a substitute during his side’s opening game. Croatia won the game against Nigeria by 2-0,


FIFA World Cup 2018, Match 16: Poland vs Senegal – Match Preview

/ 19 June 2018

The second game of Tuesday’s three games will see Poland meeting Senegal as the final two teams to enter the 2018 World Cup clash in Moscow. Senegal, ranked 27th in the world, will be hoping for


FIFA World Cup 2018, Match 17: Russia vs Egypt – Match Preview

/ 19 June 2018

Two teams with contrasting start to the competition – Russia and Egypt – will take on each other in the third game of Group A on Tuesday. Russia started their campaign with a thumping 5-0


FIFA World Cup 2018, Match 15: Colombia vs Japan – Match Preview

/ 19 June 2018

Colombia will be looking to repeat their standout performance in Brazil four years ago when they open their World Cup campaign against Japan. Colombia will be pinning their hopes on James Rodriguez who is a


FIFA World Cup 2018: Comprehensive 3-0 win for Belgium in Opener against Panama

/ 18 June 2018
FIFA

After some serious upsets yesterday, Belgium have broken that deadlock in their opening game. Dries Mertens’ stunner and Romelu Lukaku’s brace sealed a comprehensive 3-0 win against newcomers Panama. Despite failing to find the net


FIFA World Cup 2018: Granqvist’s Penalty seals a deserved win for Sweden

/ 18 June 2018

Andreas Granqvist’s VAR-assisted penalty handed Sweden 1-0 win over South Korea at the Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. The win takes Janne Andersson’s side joint top in Group F with Mexico. The European side were dominant throughout and were


Virat Kohli Wishes Harry Kane Ahead of England’s Fifa World Cup Campaign

/ 18 June 2018
Virat Kohli India tour of England 2018

India captain Virat Kohli would be hoping to turn the tables around when he leads India to England for Five-Match Test series in 2018. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

The 2018 Fifa World Cup is in full swing and we are into the 5th day of the tournament. The tournament started with hosts Russia drubbing Saudi Arabia by a 5-0 margin. Since then most


Jos Buttler Optimistic of England Winning the FIFA World Cup 2018

/ 18 June 2018
England Football Team

Image Credits: Mirror

The FIFA World Cup 2018 has got underway, and all the celebrities are cheering for their respective teams. In the generation of social media, almost all stars have given their opinion on the World Cup and the


FIFA World Cup 2018: Kerala Youth Cycles to Russia to Watch One Game

/ 18 June 2018
Cliffin Francis

Cliffin Francis traveled to Russia on cycle just to watch one game of football.

There is a saying that goes ‘where there is a will there is a way’. No matter how many and how big the obstacles are, a determined person would always manage to find a way


Points table
Group A MP W L +/- PTS
Russia 1 1 0 +5 3
Uruguay 1 1 0 +1 3
Egypt 1 0 1 -1 0
Saudi Arabia 1 0 1 -5 0
Group B MP W L +/- PTS
Iran 1 1 0 +1 3
Portugal 1 0 0 0 1
Spain 1 0 0 0 1
Morocco 1 0 1 -1 0
Group C MP W L +/- PTS
France 1 1 0 +1 3
Denmark 1 1 0 +1 3
Australia 1 0 1 -1 0
Peru 1 0 1 -1 0
Group D MP W L +/- PTS
Croatia 1 1 0 +2 3
Iceland 1 0 0 0 1
Argentina 1 0 0 0 1
Nigeria 1 0 1 -2 0
Group E MP W L +/- PTS
Serbia 1 1 0 +1 3
Switzerland 1 0 0 0 1
Brazil 1 0 0 0 1
Costa Rica 1 0 1 -1 0
Group F MP W L +/- PTS
Sweden 1 1 0 +1 3
Mexico 1 1 0 +1 3
Germany 1 0 1 -1 0
South Korea 1 0 1 -1 0
Group G MP W L +/- PTS
Belgium 1 1 0 +3 3
England 1 1 0 +1 3
Tunisia 1 0 1 -1 0
Panama 1 0 1 -3 0
Group H MP W L +/- PTS
Poland 0 0 0 0 0
Colombia 0 0 0 0 0
Senegal 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0