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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).

FIFAWorld Cup2018: Maradona sees Brazil 'on the way' to World Cup title
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Maradona lashes out at England-Colombia’s match referee

Diego Maradona has claimed Colombia were victims of a “monumental robbery” in their World Cup round-of-16 defeat to England. Colombia lost 4-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Geiger awarded a penalty to England after Carlos Sanchez was adjudged to have brought down Harry Kane. Although, Colombia levelled through Yerry Mina’s stoppage-time header. Maradona told Telesur: “The

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2018 FIFA World Cup: FIFA Slams Diego Maradona After Argentine Said England’s Win Against Colombia Was ‘Monumental Theft’

FIFA have come down heavily on Diego Maradona for his controversial comments over England’s win against Colombia in the last 16 of the competition. England booked their place in the quarterfinal in a dramatic fashion by beating the South Americans on penalties after a 1-1 draw.  Gareth Southgate’s men looked to have emerged victorious from

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Harry Kane would lead his side against Sweden on Sunday for the Quarterfinals game of the FIFA World Cup 2018. Image Courtesy: Getty Images
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FIFA World Cup 2018: England Enters QF; Defeats Columbia in Penalties

England breaks penalties deadlock Eric Dier’s winning hit in the penalty shootout against Columbia ignited wild celebrations from England football fans as the Three Lions made it to the quarterfinals of FIFA World Cup 2018. At this uncontrolled happy moment, former star players Lee Dixon, Ian Wright along with Gary Neville met England manager Gareth Southgate who

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Makoto Hasebe and Honda have announced their international retirement after Japan's loss at the hands of Belgium at FIFA World Cup 2018.
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Japan’s Keisuke Honda, Makoto Hasebe Announce International Retirement

Keisuke Honda and Makoto Hasebe have retired from international football following Japan’s heartbreaking at the FIFA World Cup 2018 exit. Japan lost to Belgium in the round of 16 despite leading by 2-0 till the 68th minute. The Blue Samurai-led 2-0 in their Round of 16 fixture with Belgium before the Europeans launched a dramatic

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Jordan Pickford hits back at Thibaut Courtois over criticism.
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Jordan Pickford hits back at Thibaut Courtois

After the group stage win against England, Belgium goal-keeper Thibaut Courtois slammed English keeper Jordan Pickford with heavy criticism. He believes Jordan Pickford is too short to be a world-class goalkeeper. Pickford was the hero of the tie-breaker between England and Colombia in the round of 16. But the Everton No. 1 hit back with a

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England would face Columbia in the round of 16 clashes at the FIFA World Cup 2018.
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Round of 16: England vs Colombia – Match Preview

Colombia meets England on Tuesday in what pledges to be one of the most enchanting rounds of 16 fixtures at the FIFA World Cup 2018. The encounter between two favourites expects to be the most riveting one. As both the teams have performed exceptionally well in their group stages, no team can be written-off ahead of

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Sweden would face Switzerland in the round of 16 clash on Tuesday at the FIFA World Cup 2018.
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FIFA World Cup 2018: Round of 16: Sweden vs Switzerland – Match Preview

Sweden is all set to meet Switzerland in the round of 16 fixture on Tuesday at the FIFA World Cup 2018. Sweden vs Switzerland encounter is expected to be a hard-fought affair, as both the teams are evenly matched on paper. Sweden came into the World Cup ranked as outsiders to reach the knockout stages

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