The World Cup 2018 will kick off with Russia v Saudi Arabia on Thursday, June 14 2018.
Over the next month, 32 national teams will battle it out to write their country’s name into footballing history.
There has already been some drama, after Spain’s FA sacked the Spanish coach Julen Lopetegui the day before the football tournament starts following his announcement as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement at Real Madrid.
Here is all you need to know about the World Cup 2018 opening match between Russia and Saudi Arabia including when it’s on, what the team squads are and what channel the game is on TV.
Russia v Saudi Arabia will be the opening match of the World Cup 2018 and will follow immediately after the opening ceremony
When is Russia v Saudi Arabia?
Russia v Saudi Arabia will be on Thursday, June 14 2018.
The game is scheduled to kick off 4pm BST.
The kick-off times for the US and Australia are: 11am ET (US)/ 1am AEST (Australia).
Where is Russia v Saudi Arabia being played?
The opening game will be played at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. It will follow immediately after the World Cup 2018 Opening Ceremony.
The game will be played at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, which has a capacity of 81,000 people
Luzhniki Stadium is the national stadium of Russia and has an 81,000-person capacity. As well as Russia v Saudi Arabia, the stadium will host the second semi-final on July 11 and the World Cup 2018 final on July 15.
Russia and Saudi Arabia squads
Goalkeepers: 1) Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), 20) Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), 12) Andrei Lunyov (Zenit St. Petersburg)
Defenders: 2) Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), 14) Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), 4) Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), 13) Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), 3) Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), 5) Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), 23) Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg)
Midfielders: 6) Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), 9) Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), 8) Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), 17) Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), 7) Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St. Petersburg), 16) Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), 19) Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), 21) Alexander Yerokhin (Zenit St. Petersburg), 18) Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), 11) Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow)
Forwards: 22) Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), 15) Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), 10) Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar)
Goalkeepers: 22) Mohammed Al Owais (Al Ahli), 21) Yasser Al Mosailem (Al Ahli), Abdullah Al Mayouf (Al Hilal).
Defenders: 2) Mansoor Al Harbi (Al Ahli), 13) Yasser Al Shahrani (Al Hilal), 6) Mohammed Al Breik (Al Hilal), 23) Motaz Hawsawi (Al Ahli), 3) Osama Hawsawi (Al Hilal), 5) Omar Hawsawi (Al Nassr), 4) Ali Al Bulaihi (Al Hilal).
Midfielders: 15) Abdullah Al Khaibari (Al Shabab), 11) Abdulmalek Al Khaibri (Al Hilal), 14) Abdullah Otayf (Al Hilal), 17) Taiseer Al Jassim (Al Ahli), 16) Houssain Al Mogahwi (Al Ahli), 7) Salman Al Faraj, 12) Mohamed Kanno (both Al Hilal), 9) Hattan Bahebri (Al Shabab), 18) Salem Al Dawsari (Al Hilal), 8) Yahya Al Shehri (Al Nassr), 19) Fahad Al Muwallad (Al Ittihad).
Forwards: 10) Mohammad Al Sahlawi (Al Nassr), 20) Muhannad Assiri (Al Ahli).
How to watch Russia v Saudi Arabia in the UK?
Russia v Saudi Arabia will be broadcast live on ITV and 5 Live on Thursday, June 14 at 4pm BST.
How to watch Russia v Saudi Arabia in the US?
In the US, Russia v Saudi Arabia will be broadcast live on FOX at 11am ET. All World Cup 2018 games will be live on Fox Sports and the Fox Sports app.
How to watch Russia v Saudi Arabia in Australia?
In Australia, the game will be broadcast on SBS. The kickoff is at 1am AEST time.
Russia v Saudi Arabia odds
Russia are 2/5 favourites to win the opening match, while bookmakers generally have Saudi Arabia at 17/2 to win.
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