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2018 World Cup Preview

Last Updated on 14/06/2018 by C-Jay

The 2017-18 football season may be over. But fear not – the World Cup 2018 is finally here to fill the void in what is usually 2 months of no football. Over the next few weeks, there’s plenty of footballing action for us to look forward to. But, just what is in store for us? Find out everything you need to know in our  2018 World Cup preview.

32 teams head to Russia this summer with high hopes of getting their hands on the coveted World Cup trophy. Some have a way better chance than others. But, then again, stranger things have happened before! Nations such as Panama and Iran might not have much of a chance against the big boys such as Germany. But, we’re sure they’ll put up a fight!

Notable absences includes the likes of Italy and the Netherlands – two big names on the international stage. They both failed to make the final cut – missing out on qualification altogether. However, nations such as England, who have underwhelmed ever since their 1966 triumph, will look to do all they can to ensure they progress as far as possible. Although, judging by their competition performances in the past, both in the World Cup and in the Euros, that might be easier said than done!


When Does The 2018 World Cup Start?

Today – 14th June 2018. The first match kicks off at 4PM UK time – with hosts Russia going head to head with Saudi Arabia. You can view the full schedule of games later in this article.

Which Nations are Taking Part In The 2018 World Cup?

As we’ve already stated, there are some notable countries who have failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup tournament. Below is a list of the nations competing and the group they are in.

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

How Can I Watch the 2018 World Cup?

The 2018 World Cup will be broadcast on various television networks around the world. In the UK for example, games will be shown live on either ITV or the BBC.

Full World Cup Schedule

Please note, all times stated are UK time (BST).

Group Stages

Thursday 14 June

Russia vs Saudi Arabia (Group A) – Moscow (Luzhniki) – 4pm – ITV

Friday 15 June

Egypt vs Uruguay (Group A) – Ekaterinburg – 1pm – BBC

Morocco vs Iran (Group B) – St Petersburg – 4pm – ITV

Portugal vs Spain (Group B) – Sochi – 7pm – BBC

Saturday 16 June

France vs Australia (Group C) – Kazan – 11am – BBC

Argentina vs Iceland (Group D) – Moscow (Spartak) – 2pm – ITV

Peru vs Denmark (Group C) – Saransk – 5pm – BBC

Croatia vs Nigeria (Group D) – Kaliningrad – 8pm – ITV

Sunday 17 June

Costa Rica vs Serbia (Group E) – Samara – 1pm – ITV

Germany vs Mexico (Group F) – Moscow (Luzhniki) – 4pm – BBC

Brazil vs Switzerland (Group E) – Rostov-on-Don – 7pm – ITV

Monday 18 June

Sweden vs South Korea (Group F) – Nizhny Novgorod – 1pm – ITV

Belgium vs Panama (Group G) – Sochi – 4pm – BBC

Tunisia vs England (Group G) – Volgograd – 7pm – BBC

Tuesday 19 June
Colombia vs Japan (Group H) – Saransk – 1pm – BBC

Poland vs Senegal (Group H) – Moscow (Spartak) – 4pm – ITV

Russia vs Egypt (Group A) – St Petersburg – 7pm – BBC

Wednesday 20 June

Portugal vs Morocco (Group B) – Moscow (Luzhniki) – 1pm – BBC

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia (Group A) – Rostov-on-Don – 4pm – BBC

Iran vs Spain (Group B) – Kazan – 7pm – ITV

Thursday 21 June

Denmark vs Australia (Group C) – Samara – 1pm – ITV

France vs Peru (Group C) – Ekaterinburg – 4pm – ITV

Argentina vs Croatia (Group D) – Nizhny Novgorod – 7pm – BBC

Friday 22 June

Brazil vs Costa Rica (Group E) – St Petersburg – 1pm – ITV

Nigeria vs Iceland (Group D) – Volgograd – 4pm – BBC

Serbia vs Switzerland (Group E) – Kaliningrad – 7pm – BBC

Saturday 23 June

Belgium vs Tunisia (Group G) – Moscow (Spartak) – 1pm – BBC

South Korea vs Mexico (Group F) – Rostov-on-Don – 4pm – ITV

Germany v Sweden (Group F) – Sochi – 7pm – ITV

Sunday 24 June

England vs Panama (Group G) – Nizhny Novgorod – 1pm – BBC

Japan vs Senegal (Group H) – Ekaterinburg – 4pm – BBC

Poland vs Colombia (Group H) – Kazan – 7pm – ITV

Monday 25 June

Uruguay vs Russia (Group A) – Samara – 3pm – ITV

Saudi Arabia vs Egypt (Group A) – Volgograd – 3pm – ITV

Spain vs Morocco (Group B) – Kaliningrad – 7pm- BBC

Iran vs Portugal (Group B) – Saransk – 7pm – BBC

Tuesday 26 June

Denmark vs France (Group C) – Moscow (Luzhniki) – 3pm – ITV

Australia vs Peru (Group C) – Sochi – 3pm – ITV

Nigeria vs Argentina (Group D) – St Petersburg – 7pm – BBC

Iceland vs Croatia (Group D) – Rostov-on-Don – 7pm – BBC

Wednesday 27 June

South Korea vs Germany (Group F) – Kazan – 3pm – BBC

Mexico vs Sweden (Group F) – Ekaterinburg – 3pm – BBC

Serbia vs Brazil (Group E) – Moscow (Spartak) – 7pm – ITV

Switzerland vs Costa Rica (Group E) – Nizhny Novgorod – 7pm – ITV

Thursday 28 June

Japan vs Poland (Group H) – Volgograd – 3pm – BBC

Senegal vs Colombia (Group H) – Samara – 3pm – BBC

England vs Belgium (Group G) – Kaliningrad – 7pm – ITV

Panama vs Tunisia (Group G) – Saransk – 7pm – ITV

Round of 16

Saturday 30 June

Group C winner vs Group D runner-up – Kazan, 3pm (Match 50)

Group A winner vs Group B runner-up- Sochi, 7pm (Match 49)

Sunday 1 July
Group B winner vs Group A runner-up- Moscow (Luzhniki), 3pm (Match 51)

Group D winner vs Group C runner-up – Nizhny Novgorod, 7pm (Match 52)

Monday 2 July

Group E winner vs Group F runner-up – Samara, 3pm (Match 53)

Group G winner vs Group H runner-up – Rostov-on-Don, 7pm (Match 54)

Tuesday 3 July
Group F winner vs Group E runner-up – St Petersburg 3pm (Match 55)

Group H winner vs Group G runner-up – Moscow (Spartak), 7pm (Match 56)


Friday 6 July

Winner match 49 vs Winner match 50 – Nizhny Novgorod, 3pm (Match 57)

Winner match 53 vs Winner match 54 – Kazan, 7pm (Match 58)

Saturday 7 July

Winner match 55 vs Winner match 56 – Samara, 3pm (Match 60)

Winner match 51 vs Winner match 52 – Sochi, 7pm (Match 59)


Tuesday 10 July

Winner match 57 vs Winner match 58 – St Petersburg, 7pm (Match 61)

Wednesday 11 July

Winner match 59 vs Winner match 60 – Moscow (Luzhniki), 7pm (Match 62)

Third Place Play-off

Saturday 14 July

Loser match 61 vs Loser match 62 – St Petersburg, 3pm


Sunday 15 July

Moscow (Luzhniki), 4pm



There are certainly some big names going head to head with one another at this year’s tournament. Current holders Germany will look to keep their hands on the trophy. Considering the amount of talent and squad depth they have in the side, they might just be able to storm to victory!

Then again, with the likes of Brazil, Spain, Argentina and more all gunning for glory, Germany might just have their work cut out for them! So, are you looking forward to all of the footballing action? We here at certainly are! Let us know who you want to win, or who you think will get their hands on the trophy in the comments section below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.


CJ is a leading writer for many major health and fitness websites and has been involved with the fitness industry in some capacity since graduating from University in 2015. Passionate about health and fitness, he's got a keen eye for what works and what doesn't when it comes to hitting your goals.

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