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2018 FIFA World Cup PDF Schedule

2018 FIFA World Cup PDF Schedule

FIFA World Cup 2018 Tournament Schedule

Key Matches / Key Dates

Thursday June 14

Russia vs Saudi Arabia - Group A (11am ET)

This is what every soccer fan has been waiting for. The opening match of the 2018 World Cup will see hosts Russia take on Saudi  Arabia side in Moscow. A capacity crowd of around 80,000 people are expected to be in attendance for the Thursday night opener. 

Friday June 15

Portugal vs Spain - Group B (2pm ET)

We don't have to wait long for the big games to start. Match number four is a blockbuster between two teams with a genuine chance of lifting this year's trophy. There is a sense that the result of this match will determine the final placings in Group B, seeing as the pair sit well above their group rivals Morocco and Iran, and there is also national pride at stake for these European neighbours. 

Spain boast a host of big names and will be looking to make amends for their early 2014 exit, while Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal are more than a match for the Spaniards. It's going to be a great match in Sochi. Earlier in the day, Egypt, Uruguay, Morocco and Iran also get their tournament underway.

Saturday June 16

Four Matches - Group C and D (From 6am ET)

This is the day for you if you have no particular World Cup allegiances. Four games back to back; 360 minutes of football spread across the day. It starts with France's opener against Australia at 6, before Lionel Messi and Argentina kick off against tournament newcomers Iceland at 9. The midday kickoff features Peru and Denmark, while a late 3pm match between Croatia and Nigeria concludes a marathon day. 

This is the beauty of the World Cup - one day, four matches, eight nations from five continents. Make sure you have no other plans. 

Sunday June 17

Germany and Brazil - Group E and F (11am and 2pm ET)

Germany will begin their title defence against Mexico in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium - this match will be critical for both teams considering they will also need to face a strong Sweden side in Group F. After this 11am ET kickoff, the action heads south to Rostov-on-Don where leading contenders Brazil take on a high-ranked Switzerland team. 

Costa Rica against Serbia is the other match, which begins at 8am ET. 

Monday June 18

European Exhibition - Group F and G (From 8am ET)

Three of Europe's contenders are in action on June 18 - Sweden kick things off with their match against Korea Republic, before Belgium and England take on Panama and Tunisia respectively. 

Tuesday June 19

Last Round 1 Matches - Group H (8am and 11am ET)

Colombia will look to mirror their performance in 2014 by winning their match against Japan, while Poland will be hoping to assert their dominance in Group H in their match against Senegal, in what will be the final opening round matches. 

Thursday June 21

Argentina vs Croatia - Group D (2pm ET)

Nizhny Novgorod is the venue for the huge clash between Argentina and Croatia that will feature several big names. Croatia's likely midfield pairing will be Real Madrid stars Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic, while the Europeans can also call upon Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic. For Argentina, Lionel Messi needs no introduction, while Juventus strikers Paolo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain will also play a role. This is a must-watch match.

Sunday June 24

Poland vs Colombia - Group H (2pm ET)

In one of the more open groups at this year's tournament, Group H favourites Colombia will face their biggest challenge against Poland. The South Americans will be hoping that Radamel Falcao will make up for his 2014 disappointment with a solid display, while Poland will as ever be reliant on Robert Lewandowski. 

Monday June 25

Uruguay vs Russia - Group A (10am ET)

Hosts Russia will know by this point whether or not they have done enough to be in a position to qualify for the second round, and while two wins may secure progress, it's more likely that they will come into this match against Uruguay with more to do. A raucous home crowd in Samara will help, but it's going to be mighty tough against a strong South American team headed by Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani.

Tuesday June 26

Denmark vs France - Group C (10am ET)

The two Group C favourites will go head to head in a blockbuster final match. France will enter as the favourite given their incredible squad depth and impressive choice of starters, while Denmark can beat anyone on their day if star midfielder Christian Eriksen is firing. Context will determine whether qualifying places are still on the line, although this should be a cracker regardless. 

Thursday June 28

England vs Belgium - Group G (2pm ET)

The last of the first round blockbusters sees Europeans England and Belgium go head to head in what could almost be described as an English Premier League all-star match. Both sides both numerous big names from the world's most popular soccer league, and although the pair will likely have already qualified for the second round at this point, top spot in the group will be on the line so you can guarantee the sides will be at near full-strength.

Saturday June 30

1C vs 2D, 1A vs 2B - Round of 16 (10am and 2pm ET)

The business end of the tournament begins with matches in Kazan and Sochi. The Group C winner (potentially France) will take on the runner-up in Group D (likely Croatia), while the Group A winner (we're tipping Uruguay) will face the runner-up in Group B (Spain or Portugal).

Sunday July 1

1B vs 2A, 1D vs 2C - Round of 16 (10am and 2pm ET)

The winner of Group B will almost surely be Spain or Portugal, and that team will kick off this super Sunday with a match in Moscow against the runner-up from Group A. Locals will be hoping this will be Russia, although our tip is Egypt will be the ones to reach this match.

Later on it's almost certainly going to be Argentina who win Group D, and they will face a contender from Group C (potentially Denmark). The lucky residents of Nizhny Novgorod may get their second glimpse of Lionel Messi here. 

Monday July 2

1E vs 2F, 1G vs 2H - Round of 16 (10am and 2pm ET)

Considering that Brazil have topped their group in the last nine consecutive tournaments, it's a mere formality that they will be travelling to Samara as winners of Group E. Their opponents will be the runner-up from Group F, and while there is a small chance it will be a blockbuster against Germany, it's much more likely to be Mexico or Sweden that need to face the mighty South Americans.

The later game should feature either Belgium or England as Group G winners facing the runner-up of Group H, which could be almost anyone in a very tight group but most likely Poland or Colombia. This match will be played in Rostov-on-Don.

Tuesday July 3

1F vs 2E, 1H vs 2G - Round of 16 (10am and 2pm ET)

Germany will be heavy favourites to top Group F, and should therefore headline the first match in Saint Petersburg. Their opponents will be the runner-up in Group E, which looks to be a battle between Serbia and Switzerland.

The final match of the second round will be between the winner of Group H (Poland or Colombia) and either England or Belgium as runner-up of Group G. This will be played in Moscow.

Friday July 6

Quarter Finals 1 & 2 (10am and 2pm ET)

After two rest days, the action continues with the quarter-finals and if all goes to plan these should be some absolute blockbuster matches. Our pre-tournament prediction sees Portugal and France going head to head in the first match, followed by Brazil vs Belgium. Whichever teams make it this far, you're not going to want to miss the action. 

Saturday July 7

Quarter Finals 3 & 4 (10am and 2pm ET)

Two more big matches take place on Saturday, so cancel your plans and strap yourselves in. Our prediction is that Spain and Argentina will battle for a semi-final place in the opening match, while a huge old rivalry will be reignited when England tackle Germany in the late kickoff.  

Tuesday July 10

Semi Final 1 (2pm ET)

Start getting in your boss's good books now, because the semi-finals are on in the middle of the week. Take a late lunch, do anything, just make sure you're available for this one. Unless an outsider has completely shocked the world to reach this point, (which would be reason to watch in any case), this match will be between two powerhouse nations.

Our pick is a replay of the 1998 final - France vs Brazil. We would love to see these two compete given the squads they have. Saint Petersburg is the venue. Don't miss it. 

Wednesday July 11

Semi Final 2 (2pm ET)

Two more teams will clash for a place in the World Cup final in Moscow, and our prediction is another monumental clash, this time a replay of the 2014 final as Germany face Argentina. It could also be Spain vs Germany, or England vs Spain, or England vs Argentina. This match has so much potential and will be epic. 

Saturday July 14

3rd Place Playoff (10am ET) 

This is a match that no-one really wants to play in, although third place sounds a lot better than fourth. This match normally produces plenty of goals, so it's still a worthy match to watch. Plus, what else will you be doing on a Saturday (besides mourning the impending end of the World Cup for another four long years)? Expect an exhibition between two of the world's biggest teams. We're picking it to be France vs Argentina. 

Sunday July 15

World Cup Final (11am ET)

After a month of action, it all comes down to this. The final of the world's biggest sporting tournament will be held in Moscow on Sunday, July 15th. One team will etch their name into the history books, while the other will forever wonder what could have been. We're expecting a former champion to lift the trophy again, and can't see anything other than a match between two of the world's top four sides. Germany and Brazil is our predicted matchup, and we're tipping the Brazilians.

March 2019

World Cup Qualification Begins

If you're suffering from the hollow feeling that grips us all when the World Cup ends, fear not! It's only eight months until qualification begins for the 2022 tournament. Until then, it's back to following club football.

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