This is the first time that Russia has ever hosted a World Cup. It comes four years after the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. The 2022 World Cup will be in Qatar, while the 2026 World Cup was recently awarded to a joint bid by the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
1 p.m. Match 54: Group G winner vs. Group H runner-up
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
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9 a.m. Match 51: Group B winner vs. Group A runner-up
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan
Brazil, France, Belgium, Argentina and defending champions Germany are among the top contenders to win the tournament. Spain, whichrecently changed coachesafter Julen Lopetegui took the job with Real Madrid, could also be in the mix despite the chaos.
Portugals Cristiano Ronaldo will be one of the World Cups top players. Paulo Duarte/AP Photo
1 p.m. Match 58: Match 53 winner vs. Match 54 winner
1 p.m. Match 52: Group D winner vs. Group C runner-up
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
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9 a.m. Match 55: Group F winner vs. Group E runner-up
1 p.m. Match 59: Match 51 winner vs. Match 52 winner
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
The Americans failed to earn a spot in the World Cup due to their inability to win enough games during qualifying. Its the first time that the U.S. mens national team has missed a World Cup since 1986.
1 p.m. Match 49: Group A winner vs. Group B runner-up
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1 p.m. Match 56: Group H winner vs. Group G runner-up
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
9 a.m. Match 61 loser vs. Match 62 loser
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
9 a.m. Match 57: Match 49 winner vs. Match 50 winner
10 a.m. Match 61 winner vs. Match 62 winner
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9 a.m. Match 53: Group E winner vs. Group F runner-up
The 2018 FIFA World Cup begins this week in venues across Russia. There are 32 teams competing in the tournament, which concludes with the final on July 15. Even without Team USAs participation, its going to be a thrilling month of soccer at its best.
9 a.m. Match 60: Match 55 winner vs. Match 56 winner
1 p.m. Match 62: Match 59 winner vs. Match 60 winner
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9 a.m. Match 50: Group C winner vs. Group D runner-up
Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
1 p.m. Match 61: Match 57 winner vs. Match 58 winner