2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More

Don’t miss a single moment with our handy visual guide to the 2018 World Cup, featuring information about all eight groups, the match schedule, links to the latest pictures, and striking photos from our archive.

It only happens once every four years and the moment is finally here. For an entire month, the whole world will set its eyes on Russia, which will be hosting 32 nations as they take part in the 21st FIFA World Cup. To help you follow your favorite teams and players, use this handy guide to the World Cup match schedules.

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The Teams

Group A: Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay

Russia is the lowest FIFA ranking team in the tournament, in 70th place, so they will depend heavily on their home field advantage for a place in the round of 16. Right above them in the rankings is Saudi Arabia, who will regardless start the tournament as the group’s underdogs. Egypt will go into the World Cup inspired by their talismanic striker Mohamed Salah‘s brilliant season with Liverpool, while Uruguay, led by seasoned World Cup forwards Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani will be expected to go through after a comfortable second place finish in the South American qualifiers.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – 2018 World Cup Group A Teams
Clockwise from top left: Mohamed Salah, Igor Akinfeev, Luis Suarez, Mohammad Al-Sahlawi. Photos by: AP/REX/EPA/BPI/Shutterstock

June 14 – Russia vs Saudi Arabia, 6pm, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

June 15 – Egypt vs Uruguay, 5pm, Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

June 19 – Russia vs Egypt, 9pm, Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

June 20 – Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia, 6pm, Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don

June 25 – Saudi Arabia vs Egypt, 5pm, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

June 25 – Uruguay vs Russia, 6pm, Samara Arena, Samara

Group B: Iran, Morocco, Portugal, Spain

On paper this looks like a comfortable group for Portugal and Spain, but the two teams will likely have to battle it out between themselves for a first place finish. With a 33-year old Cristiano Ronaldo still at the top of his game and their victorious 2016 Euro Cup campaign, this could be the year the Portuguese make a splash. 2010 World cup winners Spain have a stacked roster, however, and will look to their midfield geniuses Andres Iniesta, David Silva, and Isco to make the difference. Morocco is organized defensively and Iran was unbeaten throughout their entire qualifying campaign, so they could prove a surprise.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – 2018 World Cup Group B: Iran, Morocco, Portugal, Spain
Clockwise from top left: Cristiano Ronaldo, Sardar Azmoun, Nabil Dirar, Isco. Photos by: REX/EPA/AP/REX/Shutterstock

June 15 – Morocco vs Iran, 6pm, Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

June 15 – Portugal vs Spain, 9pm, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

June 20 – Portugal v Morocco, 3pm, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

June 20 – Iran vs Spain, 9pm, Kazan Arena, Kazan

June 25 – Iran vs Portugal, 9pm, Mordovia Arena, Saransk

June 25 – Spain vs Morocco, 8pm, Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

Group C: Australia, Denmark, France, Peru

With a formidable attacking lineup including the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, and Paul Pogba, France tops Group C as the favorite. For Peru, captain Paolo Guerrero is cleared to play the World Cup following a 6-month back-and-forth with FIFA regarding a controversial anti-doping ruling. He will be joined by Jefferson Farfan, Christian Cueva, and a young group of promising players developed by coach Ricardo Gareca. Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen scored an impressive 11 goals in qualifiers for Denmark, while Australia while rely on the experience and talents of Tim Cahill, Mile Jedinak, and Aaron Mooy.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – 2018 World Cup Group C: Australia, Denmark, France, Peru
Clockwise from top left: Antoine Griezmann, Jefferson Farfan, Tim Cahill, Christian Eriksen. Photos by: REX/AP/BPI/BPI/Shutterstock

June 16 – France vs Australia, 1pm, Kazan Arena, Kazan

June 16 – Peru vs Denmark, 7pm, Mordovia Arena, Saransk

June 21 – Denmark vs Australia, 4pm, Samara Arena, Samara

June 21 – France vs Peru, 8pm, Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

June 26 – Australia vs Peru, 5pm, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

June 26 – Denmark vs France, 5pm – Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria

It’s usually dubbed the “Group of Death,” and 2018 didn’t disappoint. Argentina’s Lionel Messi and co. will be looking to make up for their 2014 World Cup Final defeat, while superstars Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, and Mario Mandzukic will carry Croatia’s hopes of making it to the Round of 16. Nigeria has a talented young team with the likes of Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho, who have performed well this year in the English Premier League. Meanwhile, Iceland had a fabulous 2016 Euro Cup – eliminating England – and will rely on the creativity of Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson during their first ever World Cup.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – 2018 World Cup Group D: Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria
Clockwise from top left: Lionel Messi, Luka Modric, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Kelechi Iheanacho. Photos by: AP/BPI/AP/EPA/Shutterstock

June 16 – Argentina vs Iceland, 4pm, Otkrytie Arena, Moscow

June 16 – Croatia vs Nigeria, 9pm, Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

June 21 – Argentina vs Croatia, 9pm, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

June 22 – Nigeria vs Iceland, 6pm, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

June 26 – Iceland vs Croatia, 9pm, Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don

June 26 – Nigeria vs Argentina, 9pm, Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

Group E: Brazil, Costa Rica, Serbia, Switzerland

Brazil is always a favorite to win and this year even more so. They were the first country to qualify (after the hosts) and boast a sizzling attacking lineup with the likes of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho, Marcelo, and Gabriel Jesus. Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic has injected his team with several uncapped youngsters to accompany the familiar faces of Nemanja Matic and Dusan Tadic. The Swiss, meanwhile, have a well-balanced squad with Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri in midfield, but they will need a forward to step up and score goals. For Costa Rica, Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas will have to play his absolute best to keep his country’s hopes alive.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – 2018 World Cup Group E: Brazil, Costa Rica, Serbia, Switzerland
Clockwise from top left: Neymar, Nemanja Matic, Keylor Navas, Xherdan Shaqiri. Photos by: JMP/BPI/REX/BPI/Shutterstock

June 17 – Costa Rica vs Serbia, 4pm, Samara Arena, Samara

June 17 – Brazil vs Switzerland, 9pm, Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don

June 22 – Brazil vs Costa Rica, 3pm, Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

June 22 – Serbia vs Switzerland, 8pm, Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

June 27 – Serbia vs Brazil, 9pm, Otkrytie Arena, Moscow

June 27 – Switzerland vs Costa Rica, 9pm, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

Group F: Germany, Korea, Mexico, Sweden

World Cup champions Germany have everything going for them to retain their title in 2018: ten out of ten wins in qualification, plus talented players like Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, and Thomas Muller in their lineup. Mexico is a regular in the tournament but hasn’t gone past the Round of 16 since 1986, so attackers Javier Hernandez and Hirving Lozano will fight to take their country to the next level. Sweden will be without their inspirational leader Zlatan Ibrahimovic, yet Leipzig FC forward Emil Forsberg has done well to fill his shoes in attack. Korea will depend on the speed and creativity of Son Heung-min, who had a fantastic year at Tottenham.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – 2018 World Cup Group F: Germany, Korea, Mexico, Sweden
Clockwise from top left: Toni Kroos, Javier Hernandez, Son Heungmin, Emil Frosberg. Photos by: REX/EPA/BPI/BPI/Shutterstock

June 17 – Germany vs Mexico, 6pm, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

June 18 – Sweden vs South Korea, 3pm, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

June 23 – South Korea vs Mexico, 6pm, Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don

June 23 – Germany vs Sweden, 9pm, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

June 27 – South Korea vs Germany, 5pm, Kazan Arena, Kazan

June 27 – Mexico vs Sweden, 7pm, Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

Group G: Belgium, England, Panama, Tunisia

Another group that, on paper, should prove relatively simple for the two European sides. England arrives unbeaten in qualifiers and with their attacking players, including Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and Raheem Sterling, all in fine form. Belgium has creativity in abundance with playmakers such as Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne, making life difficult for first-timers Panama and minnows Tunisia, who will be without their star playmaker Youssef Msakni due to injury.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – 2018 World Cup Group G: Belgium, England, Panama, Tunisia
Clockwise from top left: Harry Kane, Eden Hazard, Youssef Msakni, Roman Torres. Photos by: BPI/BPI/EPA/EPA/Shutterstock

June 18 – Belgium vs Panama, 6pm, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

June 18 – Tunisia vs England, 9pm, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

June 23 – Belgium vs Tunisia, 3pm, Otkrytie Arena, Moscow

June 24 – England vs Panama, 3pm, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

June 28 – England vs Belgium, 8pm, Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad

June 28 – Panama vs Tunisia, 9pm, Mordovia Arena, Saransk

Group H: Colombia, Japan, Poland, Senegal

This is a group that could go in any direction due to the sheer talent in every squad. Robert Lewandowski is Poland’s all-time lead goal scorer, netting a record-breaking 16 goals on the road to Russia. Colombia, though leaving it to the last minute to qualify, will rely on the talents of James Rodriguez, who had a sensational breakthrough in the 2014 World Cup. Sadio Mane had an excellent year with Liverpool and will be the focus of Senegal’s attack. Japan, while lacking the stars of other World Cup squads, have experienced footballers Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda in their arsenal.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – 2018 World Cup Group H: Colombia, Japan, Poland, Senegal
Clockwise from top left: Robert Lewandowski, James Rodriguez, Sadio Mane, Shinji Kagawa. Photos by: AP/BPI/AP/REX/Shutterstock

June 19 – Colombia vs Japan, 3pm, Mordovia Arena, Saransk

June 19 – Poland vs Senegal, 6pm, Otkrytie Arena, Moscow

June 24 – Japan vs Senegal, 8pm, Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg

June 24 – Poland vs Colombia, 9pm, Kazan Arena, Kazan

June 28 – Japan vs Poland, 5pm, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd

June 28 – Senegal vs Colombia, 6pm, Samara Arena, Samara

Round of 16

June 30 – Winners Group C vs Runners-Up Group D (Match 50), 5pm, Kazan Arena, Kazan

June 30 – Winners Group A vs Runners-Up Group B (Match 49), 9pm, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

July 1 – Winners Group B vs Runners-Up Group A (Match 51), 5pm, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

July 1 – Winners Group D – Runners-Up Group C (Match 52),  9pm, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

July 2 – Winners Group E – Runners-Up Group F (Match 53), 6pm, Cosmos Arena, Samara

July 2 – Winners Group G – Runners-Up Group H (Match 54), 9pm, Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don

July 3 – Winners Group F – Runners-Up Group E (Match 55), 5pm, Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

July 3 – Winners Group H – Runners-Up Group G (Match 56), 9pm, Otkritie Arena, Moscow

Quarter-Finals

July 6 – Winners Match 49 vs Winners Match 50 (Match 57), 5pm, Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod

July 6 – Winners Match 53 vs Winners Match 54 (Match 58), 9pm, Kazan Arena, Kazan

July 7 – Winners Match 55 vs Winners Match 56 (Match 60), 6pm, Cosmos Arena, Samara

July 7 – Winners Match 51 vs Winners Match 52 (Match 59), 9pm, Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi

Semi-Finals

July 10 – Winners Match 57 vs Winners Match 58 (Match 61), 9pm, Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

July 11 – Winners Match 59 vs Winners Match 60 (Match 62), 9pm, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

Third-place play-off

July 14 – Losers Match 61 vs Losers Match 62 (Match 63), 5pm, Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg

Final

July 15 – Winners Match 61 vs Winners Match 62 (Match 64), 6pm, Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow

The Venues

The FIFA World Cup will be played at 12 different venues across Russia, stretching from St. Petersburg in the north all the way to Sochi’s beaches in the south. Yekaterinburg is the competition’s eastern-most host city, while Kaliningrad, a Russian exclave, will host a handful of games in the middle of continental Europe.

Unlike Brazil 2014, all the World Cup stadiums have been finished in a timely manner, yet their completion has been tainted with labor abuses, worker deaths, and corruption scandals. Another issue will be continuing the maintenance of theses stadiums once the tournament is complete, given only five arenas in Russia hosted top-tier football clubs in the 2017-2018 season. Here we take a look at this World Cup’s venues.

Luzhniki Stadium

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Luzhniki Stadium
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City: Moscow

Capacity: 81, 006

Cost: 24 billion rubles ($410 million) for rebuild

Spartak Stadium

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Spartak Stadium
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City: Moscow

Capacity: 43,298

Cost: 14.5 billion rubles ($250 million)

St. Petersburg Stadium

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – St. Petersburg Stadium
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City: St. Petersburg

Capacity: 68,134

Cost: 43 billion rubles ($735 million)

Fisht Stadium

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Fisht Stadium
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City: Sochi

Capacity: 47,700

Cost: 23.5 billion rubles ($400 million) for initial build, 4 billion rubles ($68 million) to convert for football

Kazan Arena

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Kazan Arena
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City: Kazan

Capacity: 44,779

Cost: 14.4 billion rubles ($250 million)

Samara Arena

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Samara Arena
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City: Samara

Capacity: 44,807

Cost: 18.2 billion rubles ($310 million)

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
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City: Nizhny Novgorod

Capacity: 45,331

Cost: 17.9 billion rubles ($307 million)

Rostov Arena

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Rostov Arena
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City: Rostov-on-Don

Capacity: 45,145

Cost: 19.4 billion rubles ($330 million)

Volgograd Arena

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Volgogrod Arena
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City: Volgograd

Capacity: 45,568

Cost: 17.3 billion rubles ($300 million)

Ekaterinburg Arena

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Ekaterinburg Arena
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City: Yekaterinburg

Capacity: 35,696

Cost: 12.7 billion rubles ($220 million) for rebuild

Mordovia Arena

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Mordovia Arena
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City: Saransk

Capacity: 44,442

Cost: 17.1 billion rubles ($295 million)

Kaliningrad Stadium

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Kaliningrad Arena
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City: Kaliningrad

Capacity: 35,212

Cost: 17.4 billion rubles ($300 million)

The History

Some World Cup pictures are epic and have been reproduced across thousands of newspapers and websites across the world – Maradona’s ‘Hand of God’, Bobby Moore lifting the Jules Rimet Cup in 1966, Zidane head-butting Marco Materazzi during the 2006 final. While these moments are forever engrained in the history of football, the World Cup has provided thousands more powerful images in its 88 years of existence. Here, we dig through the archives to show you some of the action, joy, and agony.

Andrés Iniesta kisses the World Cup after his goal won Spain the 2010 final.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Andres Iniesta 2010 Final
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A 17 year-old Pelé cries on the shoulder of goalkeeper Gilmar after his two goals helped Brazil win the 1958 World Cup.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Pele 1958
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Pelé won the World Cup for the third time in 1970. He is the only player in history to win three times.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Pele 1970
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Portugal’s Eusébio receives treatment for a cut during a 1966 game at Old Trafford.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Eusebio
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Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama lit up the World Cup with his distinct hair style and dazzling football during Colombia’s golden era in the 1990s.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Carlos Valderrama
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Rudi Völler flies for West Germany during their victorious clash against Argentina in the 1990 World Cup final in Italy.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Rudi Voller
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The press mobs Diego Maradona after Argentina dropped him from the 1994 World Cup squad mid-tournament, after testing positive for the use of banned drugs.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Diego Maradona
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England’s Gary Lineker, the 1986 World Cup’s top scorer, gets his lucky boots polished by a young boy in Mexico.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Gary Lineker
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Colombian defender Andrés Escobar was tragically killed by drug traffickers for scoring an own goal against the USA in the 1994 World Cup.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Andres Escobar
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The atmosphere is electric as Argentina captain Daniel Passarella lifts the trophy on home soil in 1978.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Daniel Passarella
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Nigel de Jong applies a karate kick to the chest on Xabi Alonso during the 2010 World Cup final.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Nigel de Jong
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A dejected Zinedine Zidane walks past the World Cup trophy after being expelled from the 2006 final for head-butting Italian Marco Materazzi.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Zinedine Zidane
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Mexican goalkeeper Jorge Campos was known for his acrobatics and constant play outside the penalty area, as well as his flamboyant attire.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Jorge Campos
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South Korea’s Lee Young Pyo reacts to losing their 2002 semi final match against Germany, after having beaten Spain and Italy.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Lee Young Pyo
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Uruguayan Luis Suarez had already bitten two players – in 2010 and 2013 – before biting Italian Giorgio Chiellini in the 2014 World Cup.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Luis Suarez
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The two sides of a penalty shootout exemplified as Roberto Baggio’s miss sends Brazil goalkeeper Cláudio Taffarel into euphoria as his country wins the 1994 World Cup.

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Claudio Taffarel
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Sweat and tears as Ronaldinho and Rivaldo celebrate Brazil’s fifth World Cup in 2002. Who will kiss the trophy this year?

2018 FIFA World Cup Guide: Game Schedule, Latest Images, and More – Ronaldinho and Rivaldo
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