The FIFA World Cup 2018 kicks off today!

The FIFA World Cup 2018 kicks off today!

The FIFA World Cup 2018 is hours away, as the first game of the tournament kicks off today at 5pm (CEST) – World Cup 2018 hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia, who won the bid to host World Cup 2022. A spectacular opening ceremony is expected in order to inaugurate the beginning of this global football tournament, with no other than Brit Robbie Williams set to rock the stage! 'Let meeee-ee entertain you!' incoming...

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The road to Russia was long and arduous: for some of football’s biggest national superpowers, such as 2006 winners Italy and 2010 finalists Netherlands, the qualifying stages were too difficult to negotiate, crashing out of the competition before it had even begun. Even Chile, Copa America 2016 champions, could not bypass their qualifying round opponents, which highlights the competitiveness of the competition.

However, those nations who fought and found a way against their rivals, coming top of their qualifying groups and booking their places at the biggest football tournament on earth, now have reached the promised land – a shot at the World Cup awaits, where they can etch their names into history and be crowned national heroes upon their return home.

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Who will win the World Cup? Which footballing giant will unexpectedly come crashing out at the group stages? Which team will be embroiled in scandal? All we know is, a month of the best footballing nations in the world coming together to contest the World Cup is going to be absolutely amazing!

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Allez les bleus, but let’s hope football's coming home…