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We are days away from the biggest footballing event of the year, 2018 FIFA World Cup, and fans cannot contain their excitement. Ever since FIFA World Cup 2018 schedule timetable was announced, loyal football followers have been anticipatedly waiting for the event to kick start on June 14 and continue until July 15, 2018. The 21st edition of FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia will see a participation of 32 nations who have already started arriving with their final 23-man world cup squad. We present to you the 2018 FIFA World Cup match calendar in Indian time to watch your favorite teams slog it out for the biggest prize in world football. The FIFA WC2018 timetable includes the fixtures, venue details, match timings in IST to add to the football madness. You can also download here LỊCH THI ĐẤU WORLDCUP 2018.PDF

Russia, the host nation for the quadrennial event has left no stone unturned in its preparation and is monitored closely by FIFA. India, as we all know closely, follows this mega footballing event and is set to be a major contributor to the TV viewership of FIFA World Cup. Hence, in order to assist the fans be in the know-how of when and where their favourite team is playing, we present to you 2018 FIFA World Cup schedule.

After the long qualification campaign spread over the respective continents, 32 nations have now a chance to lift the famous trophy with the tournament starting on June 14, 2018, and continue until July 15. Panama from the CONCAF federation will make its World Cup debut in Russia while Iceland became the smallest country by population to qualify for the finals.

If we look at some high-profile absentees from the tournament who failed to make the cut, the list includes former champion Italy and names such as Netherland, Ghana, Turkey, USA and Chile who always make the cut but somehow failed this time around. Of the 32 teams that have made it to the finals, 14 are from Europe, 5 are African nations, 4 each from Asia and South America and 3 from North America. The participating nations are divided into eight groups namely A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H.

2018 FIFA World Cup Groups

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Egypt Iran Australia Argentina
Russia Morocco Denmark Croatia
Saudi Arabia Portugal France Iceland
Uruguay Spain Peru Nigeria
Group E Group F Group G Group H
Brazil Germany Belgium Colombia
Costa Rica South Korea England Japan
Switzerland Mexico Panama Poland
Serbia Sweden Tunisia Senegal

A total of 12 venues in Russia have been approved by the FIFA technical committee to hold 65 matches that would be played throughout the tournament. The opening ceremony is set to take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. FIFA has also decided to keep VAR (Video Assistant Referee) technology at the World Cup and in the process marking the 2018 event as the first FIFA competition to use the highly debatable video assistance. Wolf Zabivaka designed by student Ekaterina Bocharova has been chosen as the official mascot of the World Cup 2018.

When Russia won the bid to host the 2018 event back in 2010, it was the first time in its history it had won the right to host a major football tournament. Hence the main theme of the cup is the things Russia is famous for which includes Matryoshkas and folk patter, cosmic outer space explorations as well as the folk motives featuring Firebirds. Let us have a quick glance at the schedule of the 2018 FIFA World Cup with match dates and timings given in Indian Standard Time (IST).

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Fixtures & Schedule in IST

GROUP STAGE
Sr. No. Date & Day Group Matches Timings Venue
1. June 14, Thursday A Russia vs Saudi Arabia 8.30 pm IST Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
2. June 15, Friday A Egypt vs Uruguay 5.30 pm IST Ekaterinburg Arena,Ekaterinburg
3. June 15, Friday B Morocco vs Iran 8.30 pm IST Saint Petersburg Stadium,Saint Petersburg
4. June 15, Friday B Portugal vs Spain 11.30 pm IST Fisht Stadium,Sochi
5. June 16, Saturday C France vs Australia 3.30 pm IST Kazan Arena,Kazan
6. June 16, Saturday D Argentina vs Iceland 6.30 pm IST Spartak Stadium,Moscow
7. June 16, Saturday C Peru vs Denmark 9.30 pm IST Mordovia Arena,Saransk
8. June 17, Sunday D Croatia vs Nigeria 12.30 am IST Kaliningrad Stadium,Kaliningrad
9. June 17, Sunday E Costa Rica vs Serbia 5.30 pm IST Samara Arena,Samara
10. June 17, Sunday F Germany vs Mexico 8.30 pm IST Luzhniki Stadium,Moscow
11. June 17, Sunday E Brazil vs Switzerland 11.30 pm IST Rostov Arena,Rostov-On-Don
12. June 18, Monday F Sweden vs Korea Republic 5.30 pm IST Nizhny Novgorod Stadium,Nizhny Novgorod
13. June 18, Monday G Belgium vs Panama 8.30 pm IST Fisht Stadium,Sochi
14. June 18, Monday G Tunisia vs England 11.30 pm IST Volgograd Arena,Volgograd
15. June 19, Tuesday H Colombia vs Japan 5.30 pm IST Mordovia Arena,Saransk
16. June 19, Tuesday H Poland vs Senegal 8.30 pm IST Spartak Stadium,Moscow
17. June 19, Tuesday A Russia vs Egypt 11.30 pm IST Saint Petersburg Stadium,Saint Petersburg
18. June 20, Wednesday B Portugal vs Morocco 5.30 pm IST Luzhniki Stadium,Moscow
19. June 20, Wednesday A Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia 8.30 pm IST Rostov Arena,Rostov-On-Don
20. June 20, Wednesday B Iran vs Spain 11.30 pm IST Kazan Arena,Kazan
21. June 21, Thursday C Denmark vs Australia 5.30 pm IST Samara Arena,Samara
22. June 21, Thursday C France vs Peru 8.30 pm IST Ekaterinburg Arena,Ekaterinburg
23. June 21, Thursday D Argentina vs Croatia 11.30 pm IST Nizhny Novgorod Stadium,Nizhny Novgorod
24. June 22, Friday E Brazil vs Costa Rica 5.30 pm IST Saint Petersburg Stadium,Saint Petersburg
25. June 22, Friday D Nigeria vs Iceland 8.30 pm IST Volgograd Arena,Volgograd
26. June 22, Friday E Serbia vs Switzerland 11.30 pm IST Kaliningrad Stadium,Kaliningrad
27. June 23, Saturday G Belgium vs Tunisia 5.30 pm IST Spartak Stadium,Moscow
28. June 23, Saturday F Korea Republic vs Mexico 8.30 pm IST Rostov Arena,Rostov-On-Don
29. June 23, Saturday F Germany vs Sweden 11.30 pm IST Fisht Stadium,Sochi
30. June 24, Sunday G England vs Panama 5.30 pm IST Nizhny Novgorod Stadium,Nizhny Novgorod
31. June 24, Sunday H Japan vs Senegal 8.30 pm IST Ekaterinburg Arena,Ekaterinburg
32. June 24, Sunday H Poland vs Colombia 11.30 pm IST Kazan Arena,Kazan
33. June 25, Monday A Uruguay vs Russia 7.30 pm IST Samara Arena,Samara
34. June 25, Monday A Saudi Arabia vs Egypt 7.30 pm IST Volgograd Arena,Volgograd
35. June 25, Monday B Iran vs Portugal 11.30 pm IST Mordovia Arena,Saransk
36. June 25, Monday B Spain vs Morocco 11.30 pm IST Kaliningrad Stadium,Kaliningrad
37. June 26, Tuesday C Denmark vs France 7.30 pm IST Luzhniki Stadium,Moscow
38. June 26, Tuesday C Australia vs Peru 7.30 pm IST Fisht Stadium,Sochi
39. June 26, Tuesday D Nigeria vs Argentina 11.30 pm IST Saint Petersburg Stadium,Saint Petersburg
40. June 26, Tuesday D Iceland vs Croatia 11.30 pm IST Rostov Arena,Rostov-On-Don
41. June 27, Wednesday F Mexico vs Sweden 7.30 pm IST Ekaterinburg Arena,Ekaterinburg
42. June 27, Wednesday F Korea Republic vs Germany 7.30 pm IST Kazan Arena,Kazan
43. June 27, Wednesday E Serbia vs Brazil 11.30 pm IST Spartak Stadium,Moscow
44. June 27, Wednesday E Switzerland vs Costa Rica 11.30 pm IST Nizhny Novgorod Stadium,Nizhny Novgorod
45. June 28, Thursday H Japan vs Poland 7.30 pm IST Volgograd Arena,Volgograd
46. June 28, Thursday H Senegal vs Colombia 7.30 pm IST Samara Arena,Samara
47. June 28, Thursday G Panama vs Tunisia 11.30 pm IST Mordovia Arena,Saransk
48. June 28, Thursday G England vs Belgium 11.30 pm IST Kaliningrad Stadium,Kaliningrad
Time Table of ROUND OF 16 Matches
49. June 30, Saturday 1C vs 2D 7.30 pm IST Kazan Arena,Kazan
50. June 30, Saturday 1A vs 2B 11.30 pm IST Fisht Stadium,Sochi
51. July 1, Sunday 1B vs 2A 7.30 pm IST Luzhniki Stadium,Moscow
52. July 1, Sunday 1D vs 2C 11.30 pm IST Nizhny Novgorod Stadium,Nizhny Novgorod
53. July 2, Monday 1E vs 2F 7.30 pm IST Samara Arena,Samara
54. July 2, Monday 1G vs 2H 11.30 pm IST Rostov Arena,Rostov-On-Don
55. July 3, Tuesday 1F vs 2E 7.30 pm IST Saint Petersburg Stadium,Saint Petersburg
56. July 3, Tuesday 1H vs 2G 11.30 pm IST Rostov Arena,Rostov-On-Don
QUARTERFINALS
57. July 6, Friday W49 vs W50 7.30 pm IST Nizhny Novgorod Stadium,Nizhny Novgorod
58. July 6, Friday W53 vs W54 11.30 pm IST Kazan Arena,Kazan
59. July 7, Saturday W55 vs W56 7.30 pm IST Samara Arena,Samara
60. July 7, Saturday W51 vs W52 11.30 pm IST Fisht Stadium,Sochi
SEMIFINALS
61. July 10, Tuesday W57 vs W58 11.30 pm IST Saint Petersburg Stadium,Saint Petersburg
62. July 11, Wednesday W59 vs W60 11.30 pm IST Luzhniki Stadium,Moscow
THIRD PLACE MATCH
63. July 14, Saturday L61 vs L62 7.30 pm IST Saint Petersburg Stadium,Saint Petersburg
FINAL
64. July 15, Sunday W61 vs W62 8.30 pm IST Luzhniki Stadium,Moscow

 

The tournament commences with Russia taking on Saudi Arabia in Moscow with the home side being firm favourites for the match. Group A will be interesting from a neutral point of view as it looks to be a three-way horse with Uruguay and Egypt in the fray along with Russia to advance. Group B match between Spain and Portugal on 15thJune in Sochi might well decide who tops the group as they both should edge out Morocco and Iran. In Group C, France with the wealth of attacking prowess at its disposal should top the group and it will be down to the encounters between Peru, Australia and Denmark to decide who follows France into the knockout phase.

Lionel Messi will lead his Argentinian side knowing well this might be his last shot at the cup and the Group D clash between Argentina and Croatia on June 21 in Nizhny Novgorod will be the telling clash. For Iceland and Nigeria, the writing seems to be on the wall and their fans should not expect much. Defending champions Germany start their title defense against Mexico in Moscow on the 17th of June.

The Germans have Mexico, South Korea and giant killers Sweden for company in Group F. For Brazil, the availability of Neymar is a matter of grave concern following his ankle surgery. The South American giants open their campaign against Switzerland in Rostov-On-Don on June 17, 2018. European heavyweights Belgium and England are clubbed in Group G along with Tunisia and debutants Panama. The two nations will clash on June 28 in Kaliningrad in a match that will decide the course of the group. Group H is the group of unpredictable teams with Japan, Poland, Senegal and Colombia. Each one on its day is capable of beating the other and hence their matches will be extra special.

The fans too are gearing up for the mega event with large volumes of tickets being sold each day. While World Cup football has been criticized in the past for defensive displays by teams, just the visual treat on offer for the travelling fans makes it more than a tournament- a festival. Get ready for the most extravagant event of the year – 2018 FIFA World Cup!