One of the biggest sports events of the year is on its way and the world is getting ready for kick off.
The football World Cup is one of the most anticipated sports events and at the blink of an eye, the first match will commence.
- Match: Russia vs Saudi Arabia
- Time: 5pm (GMT +2)
- Date: Thursday June 14, 2018
- Official stadium: Luzhniki stadium, Moscow.
Our predictions for all of world cup 2018 groups as well as the World Cup 2018 fixtures can be found here.
In this article we will discuss everything you need to know about the starting date of the 2018 FIFA World Cup including:
- The anticipated kick-off
- Broadcasting channels
- The opening ceremony
- The official hosts.
Russia vs Saudi Arabia
The host country will be kicking off the very first game with the second team in group A – Saudi Arabia – and you can watch all the action live, no matter where you are.
Below are some of the official channels where you can watch the games.
- Europe & UK Channels: BBC and ITV
- USA Channels: FOX
- African Channels: SuperSports and StarTimes
The opening ceremony
Every World Cup, singers, performers and entertainer’s from different parts of the world team up to put on a crowd grabbing opening ceremony that will get supporters pumped before kick-off. In this year’s open ceremony Nicky Jam, Will Smith and Era Istrefi will be making an appearance as they sing the vibrant 2018 World Cup Anthem – ‘Live it up’.
Other celebrities that you can look out for in this year’s opening ceremony include Robbie Williams and Russian soprano Aida Garifullina.
Hosts of the 2018 World Cup
Russia has been chosen as the official hosts of the FIFA World Cup, bringing nations together. 32 teams will come head to head, in hopes of receiving the Golden Boot and being crowned the Best Football team in the world.
The stadiums will be buzzing with fans and teams will be pumped for the love of the game! The kick-off will be just the start of an exciting 5 week tournament. The hosts, the anticipation and the opening ceremony will all be worth it when one fantastic team will be crowned as the best football team in the world!