Zabivaka, the official mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, attends the unveiling of the official poster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV
Zabivaka, the official mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia, attends the unveiling of the official poster for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOV

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is just few days away, with 32 teams taking on each other in a bid to be crowned as champions of the world. While champion Germany would look to get hold of the trophy once again, teams like Spain, France, England and Portugal would want to make amends with a stronger show this time.

The matches will start from June 14 to July 15 and this time it promises to be bigger than ever. A total of 64 fixtures will be played. In the opening match, host Russia will lock horns against Saudi Arabia. 32 teams have been slotted into eight groups, consisting of four teams each. Defending champions Germany will kick off their campaign against Mexico on June 17 while five-time winners Brazil will face Switzerland in their opener scheduled on the same day.

The FIFA 2018 World broadcasting rights have been bought by Sony Sports Network and it will be aired live on Sony Ten 2/HD and Sony Ten 3/HD.

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