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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).

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France will face Croatia in the finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Watch – Wild Scenes in Paris as France Qualifies for Finals

Paris erupted in firecrackers, flares, shouts and tears of joy, as France beat Belgium 1-0 to make it to the finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018. The fans came out in numbers on streets to celebrate the monumental win. Red smoke rose up from flares fired by fans on the Right Bank esplanade outside

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2018 FIFA World Cup: Mario Mandzukic’s Extra-Time Winner Sends Croatia To Their First Final

Croatia set-up a mouth-watering clash with France in their first World Cup final after coming from behind to dash England’s dreams with a 2-1 extra-time victory at the Luzhniki Stadium. Mario Mandzukic made the difference, scoring the winner in the extra time after the full-time failed to produce any winner. It looked like England would

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Mesut Ozil didn't leave an impact at the FIFA World Cup 2018. Image Courtesy: Getty Images
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Arsene Wenger Discloses Why Arsenal Star Flopped for Germany

Germany’s attacking midfielder, Mesut Ozil failed to leave an impact at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and Arsene Wenger, Arsenal’s ex-manager has pointed out the reason for that. As Germany could not even make it to the top 16 and crashed out in the group stages itself, the result bought disappointment to the country. It

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England vs Croatia would be the second semifinal of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Semi-final: England vs Croatia – Match Preview

England and Croatia are just one step away to reach the final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. Both the teams have surprised many fans around the world, as they reached the penultimate round of the tournament. The winner of the game will face France in the final of the World Cup in Moscow

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France beat Belgium by 1-0 to enter the finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.
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FIFA World Cup 2018, France vs Belgium – Umtiti’s Header Storms France into Final

France will play in the FIFA World Cup 2018 final for the first time since 2006 after beating Belgium 1-0, thanks to a header from Samuel Umtiti. France will face either Croatia or England in the final of the World Cup in Russia on Sunday (July 15th). Both sides, France and Belgium, had plenty of

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France and Belgium would face-off in the first semi final of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia.
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Semi-final: France vs Belgium – Match Preview

The FIFA World Cup 2018 semifinals will begin on Tuesday night with a match loaded with top-tier talent ready for a face-off. The one-time champion France will face star-studded Belgium at Saint Petersburg. The two most in-form teams will finally face each other for a spot in the finals of the FIFA World Cup 2018. This contest

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Fernando Hierro has resigned as Spain's head coach post FIFA World Cup 2018 exit.
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Fernando Hierro Steps Down as Spain Manager Post World Cup Exit

The Spanish FA (RFEF) has announced that Fernando Hierro will not continue in the post of Spain’s head coach following the country’s last-16 exit at the FIFA World Cup 2018. Hierro took charge of Spain after Loptegui was sacked just before the FIFA World Cup 2018. Hierro was hastily ushered into the position after the sacking

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