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Every four years… this World Cup takes place between the 14th June & 15th July.
The 32 countries that qualified for the 2018 World Cup have been drawn into 8 groups of 4 teams.
Each team plays the other 3 teams in their group once (3 Group Stage games in total), and the top 2 teams from each of the 8 groups qualify to go through to the ‘Last 16’ Knockout Stage…
The ‘Last 16’ Knockout Stage, and beyond…
FIFA’s official World Cup page (and social media links) - Website : Twitter : Facebook : Youtube : Instagram
A Wikipedia page for the 2018 World Cup - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_FIFA_World_Cup
23-Man Playing Squads - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_FIFA_World_Cup_squads
A guide to all 736 players - https://www.theguardian.com/football/ng-interactive/2018/jun/05/world-cup-2018-complete-guide-players-ratings-goals-caps
Venues - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2018_FIFA_World_Cup#Venues
Useful ‘fixtures, live scores, results, standings & info’ sites - FlashScores : LiveScore : BBC : ESPN : FoxSports
TV stations around the world covering the World Cup matches live : Wikipedia Link & LiveSoccer Link
UK TV Coverage - http://www.live-footballontv.com/live-world-cup-football-on-tv.html (BBC & ITV)
US TV Coverage - https://www.foxsports.com/soccer/fifa-world-cup (Fox) : Telemundo - link)
Fixtures & Results (UK dates & times):-
Thursday, 14 June
Russia 5 - 0 Saudi Arabia : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDY1N-IJOA8 - 2 minute FIFA highlights
Friday, 15 June
Egypt 0 - 1 Uruguay : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPzZa-Btx6I - 2 minute FIFA highlights
Morocco 0 - 1 Iran : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rG6hK0eZ_Ys - "
Portugal 3 - 3 Spain : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rp2aLQl7vg - "
Saturday, 16 June
France 2 - 1 Australia : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4_SXeQdIJo - "
Argentina 1 - 1 Iceland : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xvarnwv6hRk - "
Denmark 1 - 0 Peru : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4odLCih0Os - "
Croatia 2 - 0 Nigeria : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS-V5h0wKr8 - "
Sunday, 17 June
Costa Rica 0 - 1 Serbia : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bA6_7wFvG0E - "
Germany 0 - 1 Mexico : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BSeFs40QOI - "
Brazil 1 - 1 Switzerland : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dWrKNrWbWQ - "
Monday, 18 June
Sweden 1 - 0 South Korea : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZlE-hUl5UU - "
Belgium 3 - 0 Panama : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCr1xpwEuZQ - "
Tunisia 1 - 2 England : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3wfrhjoIJg - "
Tuesday, 19 June
Colombia 1 - 2 Japan : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4SeAfCg7-o - "
Poland 1 - 2 Senegal : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXkg_12ukOk - "
Russia 3 - 1 Egypt : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AygUlfmQgBs - "
Wednesday, 20 June
Portugal v Morocco : 1pm - BBC1
Uruguay v Saudi Arabia : 4pm - BBC1
Iran v Spain : 7pm - ITV
Thursday, 21 June
France v Peru : 1pm - ITV
Denmark v Australia : 4pm - ITV
Argentina v Croatia : 7pm - BBC1
Friday, 22 June
Brazil v Costa Rica : 1pm - ITV
Nigeria v Iceland : 4pm - BBC1
Serbia v Switzerland : 7pm - BBC1
Saturday, 23 June
Belgium v Tunisia : 1pm - BBC1
Germany v Sweden : 4pm - ITV
South Korea v Mexico : 7pm - ITV
Sunday, 24 June
England v Panama : 1pm - BBC1
Japan v Senegal : 4pm - BBC1
Poland v Colombia : 7pm - ITV
Monday, 25 June
Saudi Arabia v Egypt : 3pm - ITV4
Uruguay v Russia : 3pm - ITV
Iran v Portugal : 7pm - BBC
Spain v Morocco : 7pm - BBC
Tuesday, 26 June
Denmark v France : 3pm - ITV
Australia v Peru : 3pm - ITV4
Nigeria v Argentina : 7pm - BBC
Croatia v Iceland : 7pm - BBC
Wednesday, 27 June
South Korea v Germany : 3pm - BBC
Mexico v Sweden : 3pm - BBC
Serbia v Brazil : 7pm - ITV
Switzerland v Costa Rica : 7pm - ITV4
Thursday, 28 June
Japan v Poland : 3pm - BBC
Colombia v Senegal : 3pm - BBC
Panama v Tunisia : 7pm - ITV4
England v Belgium : 7pm - ITV
Saturday, 30 June : Last 16
Winner Group C v Second Place Group D : 3pm - tba
Winner Group A v Second Place Group B : 7pm - tba
Sunday, 1 July : Last 16
Winner Group B v Second Place Group A : 3pm - tba
Winner Group D v Second Place Group C : 7pm - tba
Monday, 2 July : Last 16
Winner Group E v Second Place Group F : 3pm - tba
Winner Group G v Second Place Group H : 7pm - tba
Tuesday, 3 July : Last 16
Winner Group F v Second Place Group E : 3pm - tba
Winner Group H v Second Place Group G : 7pm - tba
Friday, 6 July : Quarter-Finals
QF1 v QF2 : 3pm - tba
QF5 v QF6 : 7pm - tba
Saturday, 7 July : Quarter-Finals
QF7 v QF8 : 3pm - tba
QF3 v QF4 : 7pm - tba
Tuesday, 10 July : Semi-Finals
SF1 v SF2 : 7pm - tba
Wednesday, 11 July : Semi-Finals
SF3 v SF4 : 7pm - tba
Saturday, 14 July : 3rd Place Play-Off
Loser Semi-Final 1 v Loser Semi-Final 2 : 3pm - tba
Sunday, 15 July : The World Cup Final
Winner Semi-Final 1 v Winner Semi-Final 2 : 4pm - BBC1 & ITV
Current odds of each country winning this World Cup (according to the ‘experts’) - Bookmakers’ Odds
In Dec '17: Ger 5/1, Bra 5/1, Fra 6/1, Spa 8-1, Arg 9-1, Bel 12-1, Eng 16-1, Por 28-1, Rus 40-1, Cro 40-1, Col 40/1, Uru 40-1, Den 100-1, Swi 100-1, Swe 100-1, Mex 125-1, Ser 200-1, Ice 500-1, Aus 750-1, Pan 2000-1, Sau A. 5000-1.
A Wikipedia page on the history of World Cup competitions - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIFA_World_Cup
A Wikipedia list of previous WC winning sides - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_FIFA_World_Cup_winners
A Youtube channel with almost every WC goal since 1966 - https://www.youtube.com/user/MrDrobisha/videos
Previous OriginalTrilogy•com World Cup threads - 2014 : 2010 : 2006
Or just sit back and enjoy the games - Summer will be here, beers in the fridge, and footy on the telly 😃
Hopefully this’ll be a cracking tournament…
I’ll be likely routing for Iceland - fantastic achievements in footy of late, and superb rapport / togetherness with their supporters too. They are also the smallest nation to ever make it to a World Cup Finals. You?
Justice For The 96 - Justice For All.
Why don’t you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don’t you dig how beautiful it is out here?