Watch FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia Live Online
Watch FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia Live
With just a few months to go until the most popular football event on the planet arrives in Russia, locals and visitors in all 11 Host Cities can get an early taste of the upcoming FIFA World Cup™. Between March and the start of the tournament, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Football Park will be visiting Sochi, Rostov-on-Don, Volgograd, Saransk, Samara, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Saint Petersburg, Kaliningrad and Moscow.
The park opens in Sochi on 24-25 March and will end its journey in the Russian capital, where it will remain on Red Square for the fans’ entertainment throughout the tournament. There will be an exciting and varied programme in every Host City as part of the Football Park events, including masterclasses and autograph sessions with international and Russian football stars. The public will also be able to enjoy open-air football matches, attractions and multimedia quizzes offering up the chance to win souvenir prizes.
Legendary former Portugal striker Nuno Gomes, who appeared at two World Cups in 2002 and 2006, will be the special guest in Sochi. The southernmost World Cup Host City will entertain one of the most awaited matches of the Group Stage – Portugal-Spain on 15 June.
Another football icon present in every stop of the Football Park will be the Official Mascot of the FIFA World Cup, the charming wolf Zabivaka™. Visiting fans will also fi
The Final Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ has taken place and the 32 competing nations now know their opponents in the group stage of the tournament. It is time to look through the 12 stadiums that will hold all 64 matches in Russia next year!
Five arenas are already in working order. The Spartak Stadium in Moscow, the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, the Kazan Arena and the Saint Petersburg Stadium all hosted matches at the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 in June and July of this year. Also, Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium – the main venue for the 2018 World Cup and where the Opening Match and Final will be held – recently reopened following major reconstruction for a friendly between Russia and Argentina.
Preparations have entered their final stages at the tournament’s seven other stadiums, and soon they too will be ready to welcome supporters from all over the world.
The first match of the World Cup at the Kaliningrad Stadium is on 16 June between Croatia and Nigeria – currently the venue is 90 per cent complete. The stadium’s metal structural shell has been fully assembled and weighs more than 15,000 tonnes. Seats are being fitted in the stands and decorating is ongoing in the stadium’s internal facilities.
One of the fixtures going ahead at the Volgograd Arena is Tunisia-England on 18 June. The pitch at the newly-built arena has been installed and the turf is ready ahead of the winter months. The coloured windows and entrances at the stadium are also being installed, while in the stands, seats are being put in and protective barriers erected.
On 21 June, France face Peru at the Ekaterinburg Arena, the westernmost destination at Russia 2018. Experts suggest the stadium is 98 per cent complete: the parts of the old venue that have been preserved are now fully restored and act as cultural heritage. The lighting system and multi-media façade have been constructed, the area surrounding the stadium is being redeveloped, and the facilities beneath the stadiums are being finished off.