Russia—The 21st FIFA World Cup 2018 is being opened today in Russia at 8.45NPT this evening. The opening match would be happened at Luzhniki Stadium in Musko. A total of 7 matches would be played in this stadium that has capacity of 81,000 audiences.
Organizer Russia and Saudi Arabia would vie in the opening match. Russia remains in 70th and Saudi in 67th number in FIFA ranking. Russia automatically qualified in the tournament as a organizer. The month-long tournament would see a total of 64 matches of 32 countries. 12 stadium of 11 cities would host the matches. 736 players would take part in this world cup.
This world cup is most expensive one in its 88 years of history. Russia has invested Rs 1480bl in eight years of time period to host the tournament. Five time winner Brazil, defending champion Germany, Argentina, France and Spain are assumed strong team in this world cup. Winner team would bag 408M USD and runner up would receive 28M USD.
Russia: Igor Akinfeev; Mario Fernandes, Fedor Kudryashov, Sergey Ignashevich, Yuri Zhirkov; Roman Zobnin, Daler Kuzyaev, Alan Dzagoev, Aleksandr Samedov, Aleksandr Golovin; Fedor Smolov
Saudi Arabia: Abdullah Al-Mayouf; Usamah Husawi, Omar Hosawi, Yasser Al-Shahrani, Mohammed Al-Barik; Abdullah Otif, Salman Al-Faraj, Yahya Al-Shihri, Taisir Al-Jassim, Salem Al Dosari; Fahad Al-Molad