World Cup 2018 Futbol Kicks Off

Once every four years … the world comes together to celebrate, sing, dance samba and revel around The Beautiful Game. Some computer models predict Tite’s Seleção from Brasil (blue) will carry the cup home, which would be the nation’s sixth title in 21 appearances. Other predictive models suggest Germany (red) will prevail. This could be an impossible mission, as no World Cup winner has successfully defended their title since Brasil in 1962.

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Announced yesterday, United 2026 brings World Cup to a combined theater in the U.S.A., Mexico and Canada in 2026. The event will be the biggest ever held — with 48 teams playing 80 matches in the 34 day period. Mexico and Canada will host ten matches each with the remaining to be played in some 16 arenas across the United States. President Donald Trump was a key factor bringing the world event to North America.

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The Donald has not hid his disdain for former President Obama and appears motivated to undo whatever Obama did, while exceeding his victories whenever possible. President Obama, who was extremely popular in the world, was unsuccessful in his efforts to support his hometown of Chicago in their bid for the 2016 Olympics. He lobbied for World Cup to be held in the U.S. for 2018 and 2022. Russia won the 2018 bid and Qatar unexpectedly earned the 2022 slot. President Trump successfully backed Los Angeles in their effort to host the 2028 Summer Olympics. USA Today wrote, “Sporting bureaucrats like their politicians to be — how can this be put kindly? — doers rather than talkers.”

Donald Trump: 2 vs. Barack Obama: 0

My Facebook friend, Terry Kanekaiahi Manaiakalani Ridge, a proud liberal Hawaiian, posted an meme comparing President Obama and world leaders to President Trump. While Mr. Obama was enormously popular, President Trump is getting it done for America! Happy 72nd birthday to Mr. Trump.

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World leaders react to presidents Obama and Trump

GROUPS 2018

More information from FIFA about teams

Details on match times and local broadcasters

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Group E: Brasil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

Group Stage Schedule

*All times Eastern

Thursday, June 14
Russia vs. Saudia Arabia: 5 – 0

Friday, June 15
Egypt vs. Uruguay: 0 – 1
Morocco vs. Iran: 0 – 1
Portugal vs. Spain: 3 – 3

Saturday, June 16
France vs. Australia: 2 – 1
Argentina vs. Iceland: 1 – 1
Peru vs. Denmark: 0 – 1
Croatia vs. Nigeria: 2 – 0

Sunday, June 17
CostaRica vs. Serbia: 0 – 1
Germany vs. Mexico: 0 – 1
Brasil vs. Switzerland: 1 – 1

Monday, June 18
Sweden vs. South Korea: 1 – 0
Belgium vs. Panama: 3 – 0
Tunisia vs. England: 1 – 2

Tuesday, June 19
Colombia vs. Japan: 1 – 2
Poland vs. Senegal: 1 – 2
Russia vs. Egypt: 3 – 1

Wednesday, June 20
Portugal vs. Morocco: 1 – 0
Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia: 1 – 0
Iran vs. Spain: 0 – 1

Thursday, June 21
Denmark vs. Australia: 1 – 1
France vs. Peru: 1 – 0
Argentina vs. Croatia: 0 – 3

Friday, June 22
Brasil vs. Costa Rica: 2 – 0
Nigeria vs. Iceland: 2 – 0
Serbia vs. Switzerland: 1 – 2

Saturday, June 23
Belgium vs. Tunisia: 5 – 2
South Korea vs. Mexico: 1 – 2
Germany vs. Sweden: 2 – 1

Sunday, June 24
England vs. Panama: 6 – 1
Japan vs. Senegal: 2 – 2
Poland vs. Colombia: 0 – 3

Monday, June 25
Uruguay vs. Russia: 3 – 0
Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt: 2 – 1
Spain vs. Morocco: 2 – 2
Iran vs. Portugal: 1 – 1

Tuesday, June 26
Australia vs. Peru: 0 – 2
Denmark vs. France: 0 – 0
Iceland vs. Croatia: 1 – 2
Nigeria vs. Argentina: 1 – 2

Wednesday, June 27
South Korea vs. Germany: 2 – 0
Mexico vs. Sweden: 0 – 3
Switzerland vs Costa Rica: 2 – 2
Serbia vs. Brasil: 0 – 2

Thursday, June 28
Japan vs. Poland: 0 – 1
Senegal vs. Colombia: 0 – 1
England vs. Belgium: 0 – 1
Panama vs. Tunisia: 1 – 2

Knockout stage – Round of 16 schedule

Saturday, June 30
France vs. Argentina: 4 – 3
Uruguay vs. Portugal: 2 – 1

Sunday, July 1
Spain vs. Russia: 1 – 1 (3 – 4 penalties)
Croatia vs. Denmark: 1 – 1 (3 – 2 penalties)

Monday, July 2
Brasil vs. Mexico: 2 – 0 
Belgium vs. Japan: 3 – 2

Tuesday, July 3
Sweden vs. Switzerland: 1 – 0
Colombia vs. England: 1 – 1 (3- 4 penalties)

Knockout stage – Quarterfinal schedule

Friday, July 6
Uruguay vs. France: 0 – 2
Brasil vs. Belgium: 1 – 2

Saturday, July 7
Sweden vs. England: 0 – 2
Russia vs. Croatia: 2 – 2 (3 – 4 penalties)

World Cup semifinals schedule

Tuesday, July 10
France vs. Belgium: 1 – 0

Wednesday, July 11
Croatia vs. England: 2 – 1

World Cup third-place match

* Be sure to check your local viewing times

Saturday, July 14
Belgium vs. England: 2 – 0

2018 World Cup Final

Sunday, July 15
11 a.m. – France vs. Croatia

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Seleção of Brasil. Our Favorites. Samba with us!

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