2018 FIFA World Cup Set To Kick Off In Russia

FIFA World Cup 2018 Kicks Off In Russia
People walk past a football billboard displaying (From L) Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina’s forward Lionel Messi, Germany’s midfielder Mesut Ozil, Brazil’s striker Neymar and Super Eagles midfielder Alex Iwobi./ AFP

 

All is set for the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup which begins today in Russia.

The tournament, which holds every four years, features 32 countries across the world and will take place from June 14 to July 15.

Participating teams are highlighted according to their groups below:

A breakdown of the draws is highlighted below;

Group A – Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Uruguay.

Group B – Spain, Portugal, Morocco, and Iran.

Group C – France, Australia, Peru, and Denmark.

Group D – Nigeria, Argentina, Croatia, and Iceland.

Group E – Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

Group F – Germany, Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea.

Group G – Belgium, Panama, Tunisia and England.

Group H – Poland, Senegal, Colombia, and Japan.


Join us daily as we give you updates on the progress of the Nigerian team and other participating countries here


Nigeria’s Pre-World Cup Matches

On the three occasions, the Super Eagles won their opening matches in the World Cup in 1994, 1998, 2014, and progressed to the Round of 16.

During their preparation ahead of the competition, Nigeria played a series of friendly matches during which they won two, drew one, and lost three.

Nigeria’s midfielder Ogenyi Onazi (2R) shoots but fails to score past Serbia’s defender Matija Nastasic (L) during the International friendly football match between Nigeria and Serbia at the Hive stadium in Barnet, north London on March 27, 2018.
DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP

 

Sweet victories over Argentina and Poland were followed by defeat by Serbia, a draw with DR Congo and losses to England and the Czech Republic.

The outcomes of some of the friendly, especially against England and Czech Republic, have become worrisome for Nigerians and other concerned individuals.

England’s midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek (L) vies with Nigeria’s midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo (C) and Nigeria’s defender Bryan Idowu (R) during the International friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018. Ian KINGTON / AFP

 

Former Eagles Technical Adviser Jo Bonfrere warned the players to avoid playing for individual glory if they must achieve the desired results at the competition.

However, Super Eagles Media Officer, Toyin Ibitoye, urged Nigerians to pray for the team’s success and continue to support them.

Photo: AFP

Thursday, June 14

The host country, Russia will play the opening match against Saudi Arabia by 4:00 pm Nigerian time while the Super Eagles’ first match is against Croatia by 8:00 pm on Saturday.

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