FIFA World Cup Winners List [All Time]

The FIFA World Cup is easily one of the world’s biggest sporting events, if not the biggest. Talking about the final, it is the most viewed sporting match worldwide.

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FIFA World Cup Winners

1930: Started in the year 1930, the tournament was first held in Uruguay. The hosts were also the first nation to win it, defeating their South American opponents Argentina 4-2 in front of a 93,000-strong crowd.

1934: Once again the host nation won the world cup, this time it was Italy when they defeated Czechoslovakia in extra time by 2 goals to nil.

1938: Italy once again dominated the whole tournament and were able to defeat host nation France in quarter finals and Hungary in finals by 4 goal to 2.

1950: The 1942 and 1946 world cup was abounded due to world war. When Brazil hosted the world cup in 1950, it was Uruguay to once again clinch the title. They remained undefeated throughout the tournament.

1954: 16 teams participated in this tournament which was held in Switzerland. West Germany were able to won their first title by defeating Hungary in the finals by the margin of 3 to 2.

1958: Once again this time host nation were able to reach finals but failed to win it. It was Brazil all the way and they demolished Sweden in front of their crowd by 5-2.

1962: Once again Brazil won the championship by defeating the host nation Chile in semi finals then Czechoslovakia in finals.

1966: England hosted and won the world cup by defeating West Germany in finals in the famous Wembley stadium. West Germany equalled the score in 89th minute which was then neutralised by England in extra time.

1970: Held in Mexico, Brazil were able to win the title third time in four successive competitions.  That time they defeated two times champions Italy by a large gap of 4 to 1.

1974: The competition was marked by fierce rivalry between the host West Germany and East Germany. The hosts were able to defeat their rivals in the group stage and later defeat Netherland in the final to clinch the title.

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1978: For second consecutive time, Netherland was able to reach the finals. This time it was the host country Argentina which won the tournament and clinching their first world title.

1982: Teams increased from 16 to 24. Spain was declared as the hosts. Italy did not lose a match and the opponent was West Germany in the finals. Italy secured the cup by winning 3 – 1.

1986: Mexico became the first country to hold the world cup twice. But it was their neighbours Argentina which defeated West Germany 3 – 2 in the finals.

1990: Same teams as previous world cup final, Argentina and West Germany faced in Rome but West Germany making the best out of it by scoring the only decisive goal.

1994: This world cup marked the record of highest attendance during knockout stages. Held in USA, Brazil won their fourth championship by defeating Italy on penalties.

1998: Numbers of teams were extended to 32. The hosts became the champions once again as France defeated defending champions Brazil by a strong score of 3 – 0.

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2002: The tournament was first team held outside of American and Europe continent. Held jointly by South Korea and Japan, Brazil made a hat trick of reaching in finals and defeated Germany by 2 -0.

2006: The final match was highly controversial as Frenchman Zidane was sent off due to his head butt. France was favourite to win the finals but it was Italy which took the title home by winning on penalties.

2010: Held first time in Africa, Spain were able won their first world title after defeating Netherlands in added extra time. Andres Iniesta was the scorer.

2014: Held in Brazil, they were shocked by their humiliating defeat in semi finals by the defending champions Germany by 7 goals to 1. In final, Germany was able to win their fourth title after defeating Argentina in the final.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E Teams, Schedule, Predictions

FIFA World Cup 2018 Group E Teams, Schedule, Predictions

Playing for the record 21 times, Brazil was the first team to qualify for the world cup. After recovering from the humiliating 7 – 1 loss from Germany in 2014 in the home ground, Brazil currently stands at second rank in world football.

Switzerland has not advanced into quarter finals since 1962. They crashed out of 2014 world cup in round of 16 when Argentina defeated them one goal to nil.

Making their fifth appearance in the world cup, Costa Rica surprised everyone when they qualified from the group of Uruguay, Italy and England to further quarter finals by defeating Greece in round of 16 in 2014 world cup. But can they do it once again this time?

After missing out the 2014 world cup and the 2016 European championship, Serbia made a strong run in qualifying campaign to reach the world cup. Their best performance was in 1962 when they were defeated for third position.

FIFA RANKINGS (as on 21 December 2017)

-- BRAZIL – 2
-- COSTA RICA – 26
-- SERBIA – 36


-- Sunday, June 17: Costa Rica v Serbia (Samara)
-- Sunday, June 17: Brazil v Switzerland (Rostov-on-Don)
-- Friday, June 22: Brazil v Costa Rica (St Petersburg)
-- Friday, June 22: Serbia v Switzerland (Kaliningrad)
-- Wednesday, June 27: Serbia v Brazil (Spartak)
-- Wednesday, June 27: Switzerland v Costa Rica (Nizhny Novgorod)

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Five-times champions Brazil will be heavy favourites to win the group, leaving Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia in a battle to join them in the knockouts. Brazil had a dream run in the qualifying campaign when they became the first team to qualify for the world cup by losing just a single game and having 10 points difference between the second spot Uruguay. Brazil scored 41 goals in 18 games.

Advancing to the world cup by second round, Switzerland defeated Northern Ireland and only a game in the qualifying stage. They also defeated European champions Portugal in their qualifying group. They are favourite to qualify to round of 16.

Costa Rica won 4 games out of 10 in the fifth round of qualifying stage. They were second runner ups in 2017 CONCACAF championship. But still what can haunt Switzerland is when they defeated Uruguay and Italy in 2014. They pose a major threat ahead of Switzerland’s journey.

After failing to qualify for 2016 European championship, Serbia qualified after topping the qualifying group of Republic of Ireland and Wales. But they still have lot of work to do to match the odds of Brazil and Switzerland.

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Group D Team, Schedule, Predictions

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As if the Iceland fairy tale hadn't brought enough joy, their first ever World Cup match will be against Argentina in Moscow. A group of coincidence, Nigeria will play against Argentina for the fifth time. Skilled Croatia poses a threat as well.

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Group D Team, Schedule, Predictions

FIFA RANKINGS (as on 21 December 2017)

-- ICELAND – 22
-- CROATIA – 17
-- NIGERIA – 51

Runner ups of 2014 world cup Argentina, Messi and his company will be making their eleventh consecutive appearance. Argentina is considered as one of the best teams in world football but last time they won the world cup, it was 1986. Adding more in vain, they were defeated in finals of Copa America in 2015 and 2016 both times by Chile.

Debuting their way to the world cup Iceland is the least populated country in the competition. In European Cup 2016, they stunned big dogs like Portugal and eliminated England in the round of 16.

Croatia is making their fifth appearance. They finished third in 1998 and could not move further group stage later that date. They finished third below Brazil and Mexico in the previous world cup.

African nation Nigeria has not been able to move further Round of 16 till date. The 2013 African champions were eliminated by France in 2014 after qualifying the group stage with four points.


-- Saturday, June 16: Argentina v Iceland (Spartak)
-- Saturday, June 16: Croatia v Nigeria (Kaliningrad)
-- Thursday, June 21: Argentina v Croatia (Nizhny Novgorod)
-- Friday, June 22: Nigeria v Iceland (Volgograd)
-- Tuesday, June 26: Nigeria v Argentina (St Petersburg)
-- Tuesday, June 26: Iceland v Croatia (Rostov-on-Don)

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2 times champions Argentina is expected to secure the first position in the group. Despite qualifying for the world cup at the last match day, Argentina is the strongest team in the group. But still Argentina needs to play with the best of their abilities as other teams can be a surprise for them!

Newcomers Iceland made their way to the world cup by topping the group of countries like Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey. They defeated Croatia by 1 goal to nil in their home ground. But do Iceland have the skills to get past over mighty Argentina.

Croatia bounced back and defeated Iceland 2 goals to nil in their home ground but they have to wait further till the second round. They faced Greece and defeated them 4-1 on aggregate to qualify for the world cup. Currently at 17 rank, Croatia is favourable to clinch the second spot in the group.

Nigeria qualified by securing the first position in the group by beating the current African Champions Cameroon. They have emerged as a better team in the recent years. They pose a threat for Croatia but Iceland can stall Nigeria.

Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria will act as a challenge for each other for the second spot finish.

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Group C Schedule, Teams, Prediction

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FIFA World Cup 2018 Group C Schedule, Teams, Prediction

An easy group for 1998 world champions France as they face Australia, Peru and Denmark in the group stage. The duel between two highly fancied European sides will likely be given top billing during the third round of games in Group C.

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FIFA RANKINGS (as on 21 December 2017)

  • FRANCE - 9
  • AUSTRALIA - 38
  • PERU - 11
  • DENMARK – 12

1998 world champions France will be in high spirit when they began their FIFA world cup campaign. In 2016, they were the runner ups of UEFA European championship.

Australia is the defending AFC Asian cup champions. Making their fifth appearance, their best performance   was in 2006 when they managed to advance in the round of 16. Australia moved from position number 100 to 38 in three years.

Peru will be playing in the world cup after a huge gap of 36 years. Their last appearance was in 1982.
One time European champions Denmark will pay in the world cup after missing the chance in 2014. They lost to Brazil in the quarter finals in 1998 which was their best performance ever.


  • Saturday, June 16: France v Australia (Kazan)
  • Saturday, June 16: Peru v Denmark (Saransk)
  • Thursday, June 21: France v Peru (Ekaterinburg)
  • Thursday, June 21: Denmark v Australia (Samara)
  • Tuesday, June 26: Denmark v France (Luzhniki)
  • Tuesday, June 26: Australia v Peru (Sochi)
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France is expected to top the group. They clinched the first position by defeating the odds of Netherlands and Sweden in the qualifying camping. Griezmann and his side definitely have an edge over the other three teams.

The Australian Team struggled in the Asian qualification finishing third in the group setting up a clash against Syria. The extra time winner by Tim Cahill sent the Socceroos to the intercontinental play-off which they won against CONCACAF contenders, Honduras.

Peru who reached the World Cup after a long wait of 36 years. Peru started off poorly and changed their fates by winning some crunch games against Uruguay and Ecuador. With the help of some other results in the confederations, they got a play-off spot against the Kiwis and they surely didn't disappoint their fans.

Denmark came back strong in their qualification campaign with massive wins over Poland and Montenegro but had to settle for the second position due to poor performances earlier. They beat Ireland 5-1 away from home to seal their spot in the World Cup. Denmark has improved magnificently in the past couple of years.

It would be a hard fight for the second place finish between Australia, Peru and Denmark. Denmark being the favourite.

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Group B Teams, Schedule, Predictions

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Certainly, one of the most difficult and interesting group. Serious spice in this group, with Spain taking on Portugal, the 2010 world cup winners against the reigning European champions. Moreover, Cristiano Ronaldo against half of his Real Madrid team-mates.

The first Asian team Iran to qualify for the world cup also competing in this group makes the outcome somewhat unpredictable. African country Morocco came aboard after defeating Ivory Cost in the qualifying campaign.

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FIFA RANKINGS (as on 21 December 2017)

  • Portugal – 3
  • Spain – 6
  • Iran – 32
  • Morocco - 40

Playing in the competition for the seventh time, European champions Portugal is one of the contenders for the world title. Their best performance was in 1966 when they achieved third position. But they were eliminated in group stage in 2014 world cup.

2010 world champions Spain were stunned in the previous world cup when they were eliminated in the group stage only. Netherlands and Chile qualified from that group but both of these teams have not been able to qualify for the world cup this time.

Iran has not advanced further group stage in its four appearances. 2014 being the recent, they were knocked out after being unable to win a single game.

Playing in the world cup after 20 years, Morocco’s best performance was when they qualified for the round of 16 in 1986. It would be their total 5th appearance.


  • Friday, June 15: Morocco v Iran (St Petersburg) 
  • Friday, June 15: Portugal v Spain (Sochi)
  • Wednesday, June 20: Portugal v Morocco (Luzhniki)
  • Wednesday, June 20: Iran v Spain (Kazan)
  • Monday, June 25: Spain v Morocco (Kaliningrad)
  • Monday, June 25: Iran v Portugal (Saransk)


Both Portugal and Spain are expected to clinch the top two spots. Both of these teams were able to finish at the first position in their groups without losing a single game.

Portugal qualified having equal points as of Hungary and qualifying on goal difference where as Spain finished above Italy.

Iran was the first Asian team to qualify and was undefeated throughout the qualifying campaign. But they still lack the skills to match the likes of La Roja (Spain) and Seleção (Portugal).

Morocco overcame the challenge of might Ivory Coast in their qualifying campaign and remained undefeated. They are expected to finish third or fourth alongside Iran in the group stage.

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Group A Teams, Schedule, Predictions

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The group is diversely represented by countries of four different continents. Uruguay is the only team to have won the tournament before. Russia was the first team in the tournament to qualify as they were the host nation.

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FIFA RANKINGS (as on 21 December 2017)

  • URUGUAY – 21
  • EGYPT – 31
  • RUSSIA - 64 

Host nation Russia would be playing for the fourth time after the split of USSR in 1991. Russia has not advanced further group stage till now. Russia is the worst team in the tournament according to the FIFA world ranking. They are on position number 64.

Saudi Arabia will play after a gap of 12 years in the World Cup. Their best performance was when they managed to advance to group of 16 in 1994. Just a spot above Russia in FIFA rankings, Saudi Arabia is at 63.

After a massive gap of 28 years, Egypt qualified for the FIFA world cup. Egypt has so far made two appearances and failed to win a match on both occasions.

Two times champion Uruguay will give their best to win once again this time. In 2014, they were knocked out in the round of 16. It would be their 13th appearance in the world cup.


  • Thursday, June 14: Russia v Saudi Arabia (Luzhniki)
  • Friday, June 15: Egypt v Uruguay (Ekaterinburg)
  • Tuesday, June 19: Russia v Egypt (St Petersburg)
  • Wednesday, June 20: Uruguay v Saudi Arabia (Rostov-on-Don)
  • Monday, June 25: Uruguay v Russia (Samara)
  • Monday, June 25: Saudi Arabia v Egypt (Volgograd)
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Uruguay is the favourite to advance to the round of 16 by clinching the first spot. They finished second in South American (CONEMBOL) qualifiers above the mighty Argentina and continental champions Chile.

It would be a tough fight between 2010 African Champions Egypt and the host nation Russia as they would give their everything to qualify for the next round. But Salah and his team could face a major problem as Russia holds the edge courtesy to home conditions. 

Only Asian team in the group Saudi Arabia is expected to finish last, but rest of the teams should not take them lightly as they defeated Japan during qualifiers.

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Top 10 Highest Paid Soccer Player

Highest Paid Soccer Player: Soccer is one of the most widely played sports on the planet. And when a sport is widely played, it is widely viewed by audiences around the world. When a large number of audiences watch the game, they get to know the players and that in turn increases the brand value of soccer players. It is one of the highest paid games and even when all the sports are considered, soccer players are richer than most of the other sports players. Soccer attracts more money than other sports so it pays more than others. The beautiful game rakes in a lot of money which makes its players the highest earning sports players too. Let’s see the Top 10 highest paid soccer players in 2015 around the world and the staggering amount of money they earn.

Top 10 Highest Paid Soccer Player

10 Highest Paid Soccer Player

#1 Cristiano Ronaldo – $79 million

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best footballers the world has seen. Just as his skills, his money quotient is high too. He plays for Portugal in his national team and in the club Real Madrid under Liga BBVA. He earns around $52.2 million in salaries from his club and the team making it the highest paid soccer player salary paid by anyone and the other $26.8 million comes from the brand endorsements that he does. He is the highest paid soccer player in the world and rightly deserves to be so. Surprisingly, he was also the highest-paid soccer player 2014.

#2 Lionel Messi – $70 million

He is currently the best soccer player and has smashed almost all the records that existed in the history of football. He is young, talented and very rich. He gets paid $48.5 million in his salaries and also endorses many brands for which he earns $22 million. He is a one-club player and has always played for Barcelona and for his national team Argentina. His skills aren’t comparable with anyone else in the game and even legends have accepted that he is the best football player of all time.

#3 Zlatan Ibrahimovic – $41.8 million

He stands a distant third position after the close two contenders. For his salary, he earns around $35.8 million and though his brand value is not much, he still earns around $6 million for the brand endorsements he does. He plays for his country Sweden and his current club is Paris-Saint German. He is known for his acrobatic skills and scissor kicks.

#4 Gareth Bale – $34.9 million

Gareth Bale was recently bought by Real Madrid at an all time highest $100 million. For 2015, he earned $25.4 million in salaries and the rest of $6.5 million; he earned it in brand endorsements. He plays for the country Wales and currently in the club Real Madrid. He is the most expensive soccer player in the world. He owns the record for getting the highest paid soccer player contract by Real Madrid.

#5 Neymar Jr. – $31.7 million

He is one of the youngest and the most talented footballers in the world. Came to Barcelona in 2013 and has been in stellar form since then. He got around $14.7 million in salaries, but he earned more in endorsements that is $17 million, one of the most valued players in Soccer. He plays for Brazil as his national team and for the club Barcelona in the meanwhile.

#6 Radamel Falcao – $31 million

Radamel Falcao has earned around $31 million in the year 2014 of which $27 million was for his salaries and $4 million he got for the brand endorsements he did. He plays for Columbia as his national team and in the club Atletico Madrid as of 2015. He is a great winger and can get past defenders in a jiffy. He scored around 36 goals for his club alone for the season 2014-15.

#7 Wayne Rooney – $25.8 million

He is the highest paid soccer player in England for the year 2014 and he got paid about $19 million for his salaries and $6.8 million for various brand endorsements that he does for many brands. He currently plays for the club Manchester United and also for his country England. He is known for the quick dribbles and the long range shots that he takes. Wayne Rooney has been loyal to his club ever since and not planning to make a move for any other club.

#8 James Rodriguez – $25.4 million

James Rodriguez made a name for himself in 2014 FIFA World Cup where he got the golden boot for the most number of goals. He earns $21.4 million in salaries and wages and the other $4 million for the brands he chooses to endorse. He is a talented and young football player playing for Columbia as his country and Real Madrid as his club. He is also said to be the next big player football has to see.

#9 Sergio Aguero – $25.3 million

Sergio Aguero is one of the best forwards in the club Manchester City. He gets paid around $18 million for the salaries from his team and the club he plays for, and an additional $7.2 million for the value he puts in his endorsements. He is one of the finest strikers for his country Argentina and plays remarkably well with the skills he has. Courtesy him, Argentina made it to the finals in the 2014 FIFA world cup.

#10 Luis Suarez – $19.9 million

Recently got infamous for biting players from other teams, Luis Suarez is among the highest salary earners in soccer. Recently changed his club to Barcelona, he is a goal machine for them. He plays for his country Uruguay and the Spanish club Barcelona. He is one of the most lethal forwards the world has seen and earns around $15.4 million in salaries and $4.5 million in the little brand endorsements that he does.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 Schedule, Fixtures, Time Table PDF

The dates for Schedule of 2018 Fifa world cup is announced but the draw for Groups is still to be taken place. The matches will be played from 14 June to 15 July 2017. 32 National teams will be entertained in this tournament to play 64 matches in 32 days. All the 32 games will be played at 12 Venues. Russia's Capital will host the final of 2018 world cup on  15 July.

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FIFA World Cup 2018 Schedule, Fixtures, Time Table PDF

FIFA World cup 2018 Time Table is divided into two stages [Group Stage] & [Knockout Stage] which further divided into 3 Stages named [Round of 16, Quarter-finals, Semi-finals]. After this there is one 3rd/4th place match and one final will be played.

Group Stage:

There are 8 groups from Group A to Group H. Every group includes 4 teams. Russia being the host of world cup placed in Group A and will play first match of the tournament.

- Only Top 2 teams from each Group will qualify for Round of 16 in Knockout Stage.

Knockout Stage:

In this stage every team will play one match and if the match is tied at the end of 90 minutes then 2 periods of extra time 15 minutes will be played. If after extra time still the match is tied then Penalty shootout will be taken.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Schedule, Fixtures PDF

Check out the match time, date, venue info of the all the games.

14 JuneMatch 1Russia vs Saudi Arbaia18:00 MSKLuzhniki Stadium, Moscow
15 JuneMatch 2Egypt vs Uruguay17:00 YEKTCentral Stadium, Yekaterinburg
15 JuneMatch 3Morocco vs Iran18:00 MSKKrestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
15 JuneMatch 4Portugal vs Spain21:00 MSKFisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
16 JuneMatch 5France vs Australia13:00 MSKKazan Arena, Kazan
16 JuneMatch 6Peru vs Denmark19:00 MSKMordovia Arena, Saransk
16 JuneMatch 7Argentia vs Iceland16:00 MSKOtkrytiye Arena, Moscow
16 JuneMatch 8Croatia vs Nigeria21:00 MSKKaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
17 JuneMatch 9Costa Rica vs Serbia16:00 SAMTCosmos Arena, Samara
17 JuneMatch 10Brazil vs Switzerland21:00 MSKRostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
17 JuneMatch 11Germany vs Mexico18:00 MSKLuzhniki Stadium, Moscow
18 JuneMatch 12Sweden vs South Korea15:00 MSKNizhny Novgorod Stadium
18 JuneMatch 13Belgium vs Panama18:00 MSKFisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
18 JuneMatch 14Tunisia vs England21:00 MSKVolgograd Arena, Volgograd
19 JuneMatch 15Poland vs Senegal15:00 MSKOtkrytiye Arena, Moscow
19 JuneMatch 16Colombia vs Japan18:00 MSKMordovia Arena, Saransk
19 JuneMatch 17Russia vs Egypt21:00 MSKKrestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
20 JuneMatch 18Uruguay vs Saudi Arbaia18:00 MSKRostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
20 JuneMatch 19Portugal vs Morocco15:00 MSKLuzhniki Stadium, Moscow
20 JuneMatch 20Iran vs Spain21:00 MSKKazan Arena, Kazan
21 JuneMatch 21France vs Peru17:00 YEKTCentral Stadium, Yekaterinburg
21 JuneMatch 22Denmark vs Australia19:00 SAMTCosmos Arena, Samara
21 JuneMatch 23Argentia vs Croatia21:00 MSKNizhny Novgorod Stadium
22 JuneMatch 24Nigeria vs Iceland18:00 MSKVolgograd Arena, Volgograd
22 JuneMatch 25Brazil vs Costa Rica15:00 MSKKrestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
22 JuneMatch 26Serbia vs Switzerland20:00 KALTKaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
23 JuneMatch 27Germany vs Sweden18:00 MSKFisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
23 JuneMatch 28South Korea vs Mexico21:00 MSKRostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
23 JuneMatch 29Belgium vs Tunisia15:00 MSKOtkrytiye Arena, Moscow
24 June Match 30England vs Panama20:00 KALTNizhny Novgorod Stadium 
24 June  Match 31Japan vs Senegal20:00 YEKTCentral Stadium, Yekaterinburg
24 June  Match 32Poland vs Colombia21:00 MSKKazan Arena, Kazan
25 June Match 33Uruguay vs Russia18:00SAMT Cosmos Arena, Samara 
25 June Match 34Saudi Arabia vs Egypt 17:00 MSK Volgograd Arena, Volgograd 
25 June Match 35Iran vs Portugal 21:00 MSK Mordovia Arena, Saransk 
25 June Match 36 Spain vs Morocco 20:00 KALT Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad 
26 June Match 37 Denmark vs France 17:00 MSK Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow 
26 June Match 38 Australia vs Peru 17:00 MSK Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi 
26 June Match 39 Nigeria vs Argentina 21:00 MSK Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg 
26 June Match 40 Iceland vs Croatia 21:00 MSKRostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don 
27 June Match 41Serbia vs Brazil 21:00 MSK Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow 
27 June Match 42Switzerland vs Costa Rica 21:00 MSK Nizhny Novgorod Stadium
27 June Match 43South Korea vs Germany 17:00 MSK Kazan Arena, Kazan 
27 June Match 44Mexico vs Sweden 19:00 YEKT Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg 
28 June Match 45 England vs Belgium 20:00 KALT Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad 
28 June Match 46 Panama vs Tunisia 21:00 MSK Mordovia Arena, Saransk 
28 June Match 47 Japan vs Poland 17:00 MSK Volgograd Arena, Volgograd 
28 June Match 48 Senegal vs Colombia 18:00SAMT Cosmos Arena, Samara 
Knockout Round of 16
30 June Match 49 Winner Group A vs Runner-up Group B 17:00 MSK Kazan Arena, Kazan 
30 June Match 50 Winner Group C vs Runner-up Group D 21:00 MSK Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi 
1 July Match 51Winner Group B vs Runner-up Group A 17:00 MSKLuzhniki Stadium, Moscow 
1 July Match 52Winner Group D vs Runner-up Group C 21:00 MSK Nizhny Novgorod Stadium 
2 July Match 53 Winner Group E vs Runner-up Group F 18:00 SAMTCosmos Arena, Samara 
2 July Match 54Winner Group G vs Runner-up Group H 21:00 MSK Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don
3 July Match 55Winner Group F vs Runner-up Group E 17:00 MSK Krestovsky Stadium
3 July Match 56Winner Group H vs Runner-up Group G 21:00 MSK Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow 
6 July Match 57Winner Match 49 vs Winner Match 50 17:00 MSK Nizhny Novgorod Stadium 
6 July Match 58Winner Match 53 vs Winner Match 54 21:00 MSK Kazan Arena, Kazan 
7 July Match 59 Winner Match 55 vs Winner Match 56 18:00 SAMTCosmos Arena, Samara 
7 July Match 60 Winner Match 51 vs Winner Match 52 21:00 MSK Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi 
10 July Match 61Winner Match 57 vs Winner Match 58 21:00 MSKKrestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
11 July Match 62Winner Match 59 vs Winner Match 60 21:00 MSK Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
  Third Play Match  
14 JulyMatch 63Loser Match 61 vs Loser Match 6217:00 MSKKrestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg
Final Match
15 July Match 64Winner Match 61 vs Winner Match 62 18:00 MSK Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow 

FIFA World Cup 2018 Groups Confirmed

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
Saudi ArbaiaSpainAustraliaIceland
Group EGroup FGroup GGroup H
Costa RicaSwedenTunisiaColombia
SerbiaSouth KoreaEnglandJapan

FIFA World Cup 2018 Venues, Stadiums Details, Capacity, Matches

FIFA World Cup 2018 Venues, Stadiums Details, Capacity, Matches: The Russia started to build and reconstruct a significant number of venues and arenas since they became hosts in 2010. Finally, the most prominent competition returns to Europe since 2006 back in Germany.

When we have to mention Russian footballing infrastructure, we have indicated that they decided to transform everything so that 2018 World Cup could be the perfect place for playing and excitement.
Today, Russia contains the modern stadiums with great refurbished features that are the best in the world. There are also many new venues build, but also some home grounds for biggest Russian clubs will not be the part of the tournament. For example, Dynamo Moscow’s VTB Arena and CSKA
Moscow’s VEB Arena will not be the part of the bid.

 FIFA World Cup 2018 Host Cities
Instead, they have decided to reconstruct and build 12 stadiums around Moscow, and Luzhniki Stadium is set for the finals. Every single venue will host at least four group games, and allocation of the knockout match will be the part of our guide that you will read below.

List of FIFA World Cup 2018 Stadiums

FIFA World Cup 2018 Venues

1. Luznhiki Stadium

This is the biggest stadiums in Russia 2018 World Cup and also the venue for the final. It is similar and sounds familiar to Chelsea and Manchester United fans because it hosted the Champions League final back in 2008. However, the insides were demolished and completely rebuilt since 2013, but the roof and the iconic façade outside remained the same and stay incorporated into a modern and new looks.

The capacity is 81 thousand because the athletic track has been removed. That will also help to improve the atmosphere of the game.

The biggest of Russia's stadiums for the World Cup - and the venue for the final - will sound familiar to Manchester United and Chelsea fans; it hosted the Champions League final those two clubs contested in 2008.

  • City: Moscow

  • Capacity: 81,000

  • Status: Under construction (upgrade)

2. Spartak Stadium

It is also widely known as Otkritie Arena, and it is the home of Spartak Moscow that opened up back in 2014. It was completed, so it is one of the four venues that you can expect for Confederations Cup in 2017.

Even though Spartak is the most successful and best team in the history of Russian football, they never had their stadium until they built this particular arena. They have played on numerous different grounds in Moscow. This also helped because they finally claimed first league title after 15 years this season.

You can also enjoy in life-size statutes of Starostin Brothers that founded the club. The statues will be next to goals, so have in mind when you watch.

  • City: Moscow
Capacity: 45,360

  • Status: Complete

3. Kazan Arena

Back in 2013 Rubin Kazan changed their old Central Stadium and entered into new Kazan Arena. It is one of the biggest stadiums in Russia with most massive outside screen in the Europe that stands on the outer wall. It is completed and selected as the main one for the Confederation Cup.

  • City: Kazan
Capacity: 45,379
Status: Complete

4. Samara Arena

Samara Arena is still under construction, and it will be known as Cosmos Arena. It will complete in 2018 and the new home of Kylia Sovetov, which currently plays at Metallurg Stadium. Its futuristic design is something different because it is built in a space-age glass dome.

The name pays homage to Samara’s role in Soviet Union’s space-exploration program and constant prominence and new research of aerospace.

  • City: Samara

  • Capacity: 44,918

  • Status: Under construction (new)

5. Mordovia Arena

Mordovia is the part of Russia, and it is located 500 km from Moscow. It is a republic with one million citizens, but it is still the part of Russian Federation. This particular stadium will be the part of FC Mordovia Saransk the club that started the merger of two local teams back in 2005.

Even though the capacity will be 45,000, they will reduce it to 28,000 after the tournament because it will be more in line with people who live next to it. This is still an excellent chance for the third-division club.

  • City: Saransk

  • Capacity: 45,015
Status: Under construction (new)

6. Rostov Arena

The Rostov Arena will also be the new development part of the city next to Don River. It will also be the home of FC Rostov after the 2018 World Cup. It is 1000km south of Moscow. Even through Rostov have never won a league title, but they were so close back in 2015/2016 season right next to CSKA Moscow.

  • City: Rostov
  • Capacity: 45,000
Status: Under construction (new)

7. Fisht Stadium

This is one of the most exciting and most significant projects for the 2018 World Cup Russia. It was first built for Paralympic and Olympic Games back in 2014, and since then they have enclosed it in the indoor arena.

Of course, they had to change the appearance so that they can meet FIFA’s regulations. Therefore, they had to convert it into the open-air stadium. The government of Russia is the owner of the stadium, and it is not the home for any team.

  • City: Sochi

  • Capacity: 47,659
Status: Complete

8. Yekaterinburg Arena

This is the Central Stadium in Yekaterinburg which is a multipurpose stadium that they decided to construct just for the World Cup and for FC Ural Yekaterinburg. It will hold up to 35,000 fans; however, after the tournament they will reduce it to 25,000 capacities.

The ground has been remodeled, but still, the interior has to meet FIFA standards, so they had to change it completely. The best thing about it is the design of detachment that stands on the roof which looks like a canopy.

  • City: Yekaterinburg

  • Capacity: 35,000

  • Status: Under construction (upgrade)

9. Volgograd Arena

This is also new stadium which is designed explicitly for 2018 World Cup, but at the same time, it will become a home of FC Rotor Volgograd. For these particular purposes, they demolished Central Stadium at Volgograd in 2014, and since then they built utterly new venue according to FIFA standards.

Even though it is new, it contains eye-catching and sizeable open-lattice design. It will not host any knockout matches, and it is located 1000 km from Moscow.

  • City: Volgograd
Capacity: 45,568

  • Status: Under construction (new)

10. Nizhny Novgorod Arena

This is another riverside stadium that is located next to Oka and Volga rivers. You will be able to see Alexander Nevsky Cathedral and Nizhny Novgorod Kremlin that will surround this fantastic venue.
After the World Cup Russia 2018, FC Olimpiyets Nizhny Novgorod will take the stadium as the home venue. They entered the second tier in the Russian Football League and became the biggest club in the city after FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod dissolution.

  • City: Nizhny Novgorod
Capacity: 44,899
Status: Under construction (new)

11. Kaliningrad Stadium

Kaliningrad is one of the unique parts of host cities for 2018 World Cup, but it is not the part of the mainland of Russia. It is more exclave between Lithuania and Poland and close to Warsaw and Stockholm to East.

It is an excellent place that will hold more than 35,000 fans for the World Cup, but after the tournament, they will reduce the capacity to 25,000 so that it can become the new home venue for FC Baltika Kaliningrad who plays now at Arena Baltika.

  • City: Kaliningrad

  • Capacity: 35,212

  • Status: Under construction (new)

12. Saint Petersburg Stadium

This is also one of the biggest stadiums in the Russia. It is also a different stadium that will become the part of this fantastic FIFA tournament. It looks stunning, and in the last nine years, they construct it from the latest features which make it over budget. They have finally moved on grounds in April 2017, and they hosted Confederations Cup last summer.

  • City: Saint Petersburg

  • Capacity: 68,134

  • Status: Complete


We have presented you all 12 venues that will be the part of 2018 World Cup. As you could see, Russia decided to construct lots of new stadiums, while they reconstructed a few to meet FIFA standards. Of course, it will be exciting to see each every one of them. So we recommend you to start before the World Cup begins.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Groups Draw, Where to Watch Online, Date, Time, Tv Channel

FIFA World Cup 2018 Groups Draw, Where to Watch Online, Date, Time, Tv Channel: When the qualification passed over, we are now preparing for the ultimate underway that will happen in Russia next year during the summer time. Qualifications finished and still draw for tournament groups are still months away.

It is essential that most teams that are heading to next summer tournament have reached their qualification goals. Preparations are also on their way to Moscow, which means that we can expect a great deal of enjoyment and excitement among both people and players.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Groups Draw

When is the World Cup Group Draw?

We can expect that draw for the group stage for 2018 World Cup will take place on December 1 inside the Moscow Kremlin. We all have to know that State Kremlin Palace first became a place where communist party meetings were held but soon afterward it became a concert hall.

At the same time, Kremlin is not just a concert hall because it represents hall and residence of the president of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

According to FIFA source, the prestigious venue contains capacity up to six thousand spectators and the place is perfect for both traditional operas and concerts.

How Can I Watch The World Cup Draw?

The World Cup will be available to watch on television. We also recommend you to check the website so that you can stream it online in real time. We still don’t have exact broadcasting details, but it is expected that most right holders will show the group draws live.

In the United Kingdom, you can watch ITV and BBC, and you will enjoy all the way. If you live in the United States, you can turn the Fox on and watch drawing. For Spanish language people, we recommend you to choose Telemundo.

Who will Present the World Cup Draw?

According to FIFA spokespersons, they have confirmed that Gary Lineker will conduct the group draw as long as Russian journalist Maria Komandnaya. After the news was announced, Linkear mentioned that he is fortunate enough to take part in such fantastic tournament and occasions.

He also took part in two World Cup finals back in a day. Therefore it is quite extraordinary for him to make participation in another tournament. However, this time not on the field, but on stage with unveiling results of the draw.

Russian legendary footballer Nikita Simonyan will also join on the stage with Komandnaya and Lineker and seven other draw assistants will be Gordon Banks, Laurent Blanc, Fabio Cannavaro, Cafu, Diego Maradona, Diego Forlan and Carles Puyol.

What can we expect from World Cup Draw? 

Before the drawing takes place, all finalists (32 of them) will be arranged into four seeding pots based on rankings from FIFA before October 2017.

  • The first pot contains the host and seven other teams with highest rankings.
  • Second pot comes with next eight highest ranked.
  • The same thing goes with pot 3.
  • At pot 4 are lowest ranking national teams. 

These 32 teams will enter into different eight groups that will be labeled from A to H. Seeding pots will be emptied by adding each side into a separate group.

However, there is some exception because teams from the same confederation cannot be in the same group. For example, Brazil cannot be in the group with another team from South America. Also, Nigeria cannot be in the same group with another African squad.

The expectations are different when it comes to UEFA teams because FIFA ruled that two teams from the Europe Confederation can be in the same group without any additional problem.

Which Teams Have Qualified for 2018 World Cup:

We decided to present you a full list of 32 national teams based on their continent breakdown.
South Korea
Saudi Arabia
Costa Rika


We have presented you all relevant information that you have to know about world cup drawing for the next year. Everything will happen on first December so be ready to watch and enjoy.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Prize Money [Winners, Runner-up]

FIFA World Cup 2018 Prize Money [Winners, Runner-up]: FIFA World Cup 2018 will be the part of Russia, and like any other year, only 32 best nations in the world will compete for champion’s trophy. It is the 21st FIFA World Cup which is international football tournament where men’s national teams play. All of them are members of FIFA associations.

It will take place between 14 June and 15 July 2018. The country was awarded the rights for hosting back at the end of 2010. This is also the first World Cup in Europe since 2006. All stadiums are in European Russia, and most of them are next to the Ural Mountains so that everyone can travel without any additional problem.

The event will begin in 14th June where Russia as the host will play opening match. The national teams are fighting for significant prize money which is 22% more than the previous World Cup back in 2014.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Total Prize Money & Payments Pool – $700 Million

FIFA World Cup 2018 Prize Money [Winners, Runner-up]

According to statements from FIFA and other certified professionals in the world of football, the prize money increased from $350 million in 2014 to $400 million that will be the total prize money for this particular World Cup. That means that $50 million will get the winner of the tournament, and each team will get $2.5 million for participation.

FIFA Revenue Since 2003: In last world cup, FIFA made $4.8 billion while their expensive were only $2.7 billion giving them huge chunk of profits of $2.1 billion.

  • They earned $2.4 billion in TV rights
  • $1.5 billion in sponsorship
  • Ticket sales generated another $550 million

FIFA World Cup 2018 – Prize Money Breakdown

Participation and Preparation Fee: $2.5 Million – The Previous World Cup had a different amount for all national teams that qualified themselves to the tournament. As we can see from numbers, 2014 World Cup paid for preparation fee $1.5 million. That amount has been increased for 2018 World Cup, and it reached $2.5 million for all national teams for preparation and everything that goes with it.

Group Stage Fee: $10 Million – This is also essential change that we have to mention. For the previous World Cup, the overall Group Stage Fee was $8 million. Therefore, we can conclude that the fee increased for two million dollars.

Round of 16: $12 Million – This was also more significant figure than in 2014 World Cup when it was only $9 million. The idea is to provide this particular amount for all teams that reach round of16. If you are a fan of football, you would understand the difficulties of passing the group stage. 

Therefore, this is an enormous fee that will come as a reward for all teams that will move another phase of this fantastic tournament.

Quarter Final: $18 Million – This is also another significant change when compared to previous World Cup. As we all know the fee for entering the quarter-final was $14 million back then, while next year national teams can expect the additional four million for passing the next step towards big finals.

4th Place Team: $25 Million – This is a tournament where first four national teams get their reward. Even though fourth place won’t get a team a medal for participation, it is still significant because they will take $25 million which is seven million more than in 2014 World Cup when it was only $18 million.

3rd Place Team: $32 Million – Apart from getting the bronze medal which is also crucial in the world of football, the third-place team will get $32 million which is additional $12 million when compared with the previous world cup.

Runner-up: $40 Million – The runner-up will get astonishing $40 million which is $15 million more than 2014 World Cup. Even though runner-up teams are always frustrated because the first place slipped through their fingers, they will get a fantastic fee for getting to that area.

Winners: $50 Million – The winners of this fantastic tournament will get not only the championship trophy, gold medals, and world recognition but also a considerable amount of prize fee that reached the immersive heights. The 2014 World Cup provided to winners $35 million while in the World Cup Russia the winning price will be incredible $50 million. 

In this particular revision, we have compared the prize money that will take most teams from group stage until they reach the final match. When we compare to the prize money that national organizations got back in 2014 World Cup, the amount increased significantly which will be the boost for national teams to get into the finals.

The teams who will lose the group participation will only get $10 million while others will get even more for entering the next rounds. When teams reach the quarter, semi-finals and final four the amount increases to surprising $18 million. After they reach the fourth place, the amount will significantly rise, and finally, winning teams will get the considerable amount which is way better solution than previous World Cup.

FIFA World Cup 2018 – Prize Money Distribution Compared With 2014 World Cup

Preparation Fee for 32 qualified teams$2 million each$1.5 million each
Group Stage (16 eliminated teams)$10 million each$8 million each
Round of 16 (8 eliminated teams)$12 million each$9 million each
Quarterfinal (4 losing sides)$18 million each$14 million each
Fourth Place Team$25 million$18 million
Third Place Team$30 million$20 million
Runners-up$40 million$25 million
Winners$50 million$35 million
Player Insurance feeTBA$100 million
player by player payments to parent clubs TBA$70 million


The winners will share the estimated amount of $50 million as the prize fee. We can also count the amount that they will get from numerous sponsorship contracts and other endorsement fees.
We have to mention also insurance fee that will be subjected to the tournament. In 2014 World Cup the insurance fees reached up to $100 million for players from all teams.

We can still expect the fantastic games that will maintain this legendary tournament. It happens once in four years, and that is the main reason why you should check it out with your cable provider. You can also find numerous streaming websites that will allow you to enjoy world-class football.