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Brace yourselves – the month-long football festival, also known as the World Cup 2018, is here to occupy the minds and hearts of fans all around the world! You’ve come to the right place – read on to get all the answers about this majestic event, from how to watch the World Cup games to what to keep an eye on.
4 weeks. 12 stadiums. 32 teams. 64 games. It’s going to get hot with all the teams competing to be titled the best on the planet. Germany will be defending the crown, Brazil has its ambitions high, and England is dreaming of getting its way to the top after years of bad fortune. Skip all the TV shows this month – the global football battle sure is the one bringing top-notch drama.
When does the competition take place?
The tournament begins on the 14th of June and ends on the 15th of July, bringing a full month of football greatness.
What are the watching options?
This year, the tournament is taking place in Russia. If you’re not heading there to watch the games live in the stadium, watching World Cup online is a go-to option for you.
If you’re wondering how to watch soccer without cable, there are quite a lot of options: Fox Sports (US), TSN (Canada), BBC (UK), ZDF (Germany), TF1 (France), and Fubo TV (US) will be streaming World Cup online.
When does the elimination stage kick off?
Matches within groups will be played from June 14 to June 28. The knockout stage begins on June 30, and here’s where things get more serious. The final score of each match is what gets to decide whether your team goes home or rushes further towards the champions’ title. Every goal matters.
If the final is the only thing you care for, set a reminder for Sunday, July 15, 11 AM (Eastern Time). The final battle will take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Are your ready for ‘Viking Claps’?
Forget vuvuzelas – the ‘HUH’ chant is what everyone’s expecting to hear this summer. Make sure to mark your calendars for the matches Iceland will be playing – their epic chant called the ‘Viking Claps’ wooed football fans from all over Europe during Iceland’s debut at the European Championship in 2016. The team’s journey to the quarter-finals sure was one of the tournament highlights. What will Icelanders’ inaugural appearance in the World Cup bring? Can’t wait to see.
Who are the key players to watch for?
Here are probably the biggest names in football that definitely will be mentioned a lot:
Click on the sporting event to see where you can watch it online.