The festival of football that only happens every four years is set to kick off in a matter of days.
That’s right – the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a tournament that brings together the finest footballers on the planet, is nearly upon us.
When is the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
The tournament begins on Thursday, June 14 when host nation Russia takes on Saudia Arabia in a Group A match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
This is the only game that takes place on the opening day of the 2018 World Cup as the competition really gets going the following day, Friday June 15, with three matches including a Group B clash between Portugal and Spain.
The tournament ends on Sunday, July 15, which is the day of the final.
Why should I watch?
The 2018 FIFA World Cup tournament brings together 32 competing nations, including some of the greatest players in the world, and produces many intriguing storylines.
One of the most skillful players on the planet, Lionel Messi, has not seen Argentina win a World Cup in his entire lifetime – but can the FC Barcelona forward stop the rot and lead La Albiceleste to glory this summer?
Portugal has Cristiano Ronaldo up front and will hope to build on the success the team enjoyed when it won the UEFA Euro 2016 competition two years ago.
Then there’s terrific in-form players like goal-hungry Egyptian Mohamed Salah, merciless England striker Harry Kane, and France forward Antoine Griezmann.
One team determined to put up a fight is Germany, as the reigning champions lifted the FIFA World Cup for the fourth time in 2014 in Brazil.
The 2014 final was watched live by over one billion people.
How can I watch live?
You watch catch the 2018 Russia World cup live, from 14th June – 15th July 2018 at Centre Court (level 4), Tamarind Square Cyberjaya. Please refer to the match schedules below :
Russia World cup 2018 Schedule in Malaysia Time (UTC +8 Timezone)
|1.||June 14||11:00 PM||Russia vs Saudi Arabia||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow||Group|
|2.||June 15||8:00 PM||Egypt vs Uruguay||Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg||Group|
|3.||June 16||2:00 AM||Portugal vs Spain||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi||Group|
|4.||June 15||11:00 PM||Morocco vs Iran||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg||Group|
|5.||June 16||6:00 PM||France vs Australia||Kazan Arena, Kazan||Group|
|6.||June 17||12:00 AM||Peru vs Denmark||Mordovia Arena, Saransk||Group|
|7.||June 16||9:00 PM||Argentina vs Iceland||Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow||Group|
|8.||June 17||3:00 AM||Croatia vs Nigeria||Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad||Group|
|9.||June 18||2:00 AM||Brazil vs Switzerland||Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don||Group|
|10.||June 17||8:00 PM||Costa Rica vs Serbia||Cosmos Arena, Samara||Group|
|11.||June 17||11:00 PM||Germany vs Mexico||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow||Group|
|12.||June 18||8:00 PM||Sweden vs South Korea||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod||Group|
|13.||June 18||11:00 PM||Belgium vs Panama||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi||Group|
|14.||June 19||2:00 AM||Tunisia vs England||Volgograd Arena, Volgograd||Group|
|15.||June 19||11:00 PM||Poland vs Senegal||Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow||Group|
|16.||June 19||8:00 PM||Colombia vs Japan||Mordovia Arena, Saransk||Group|
|17.||June 20||2:00 AM||Russia vs Egypt||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg||Group|
|18.||June 20||11:00 PM||Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia||Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don||Group|
|19.||June 20||8:00 PM||Portugal vs Morocco||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow||Group|
|20.||June 21||2:00 AM||Iran vs Spain||Kazan Arena, Kazan||Group|
|21.||June 21, 2018||11:00 PM||France vs Peru||Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg||Group|
|22.||June 21||8:00 PM||Denmark vs Australia||Cosmos Arena, Samara||Group|
|23.||June 22||2:00 AM||Argentina vs Croatia||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod||Group|
|24.||June 22||11:00 PM||Nigeria vs Iceland||Volgograd Arena, Volgograd||Group|
|25.||June 22||8:00 PM||Brazil vs Costa Rica||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg||Group|
|26.||June 23||2:00 AM||Serbia vs Switzerland||Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad||Group|
|27.||June 24||2:00 AM||Germany vs Sweden||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi||Group|
|28.||June 23||11:00 PM||South Korea vs Mexico||Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don||Group|
|29.||June 23||8:00 PM||Belgium vs Tunisia||Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow||Group|
|30.||June 24||8:00 PM||England vs Panama||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod||Group|
|31.||June 25||2:00 AM||Poland vs Colombia||Kazan Arena, Kazan||Group|
|32.||June 24||11:00 PM||Japan vs Senegal||Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg||Group|
|33.||June 25||10:00 PM||Uruguay vs Russia||Cosmos Arena, Samara||Group|
|34.||June 25||10:00 PM||Saudi Arabia vs Egypt||Volgograd Arena, Volgograd||Group|
|35.||June 26||2:00 AM||Iran vs Portugal||Mordovia Arena, Saransk||Group|
|36.||June 26||2:00 AM||Spain vs Morocco||Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad||Group|
|37.||June 26||10:00 PM||Denmark vs France||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow||Group|
|38.||June 26||10:00 PM||Australia vs Peru||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi||Group|
|39.||June 27||2:00 AM||Nigeria vs Argentina||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg||Group|
|40.||June 27||2:00 AM||Iceland vs Croatia||Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don||Group|
|41.||June 28||2:00 AM||Serbia vs Brazil||Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow||Group|
|42.||June 28||2:00 AM||Switzerland vs Costa Rica||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod||Group|
|43.||June 27||10:00 PM||South Korea vs Germany||Kazan Arena, Kazan||Group|
|44.||June 27||10:00 PM||Mexico vs Sweden||Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg||Group|
|45.||June 29||2:00 AM||England vs Belgium||Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad||Group|
|46.||June 29||2:00 AM||Panama vs Tunisia||Mordovia Arena, Saransk||Group|
|47.||June 28||10:00 PM||Japan vs Poland||Volgograd Arena, Volgograd||Group|
|48.||June 28||10:00 PM||Senegal vs Colombia||Cosmos Arena, Samara||Group|
|49.||July 1||2:00 AM||Winner Group A vs Runner-up Group B||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi||Round of 16|
|50.||June 30||10:00 PM||Winner Group C vs Runner-up Group D||Kazan Arena, Kazan||Round of 16|
|51.||July 1||10:00 PM||Winner Group B vs Runner-up Group A||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow||Round of 16|
|52.||July 2||2:00 AM||Winner Group D vs Runner-up Group C||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod||Round of 16|
|53.||July 2, 2018||10:00 PM||Winner Group E vs Runner-up Group F||Cosmos Arena, Samara||Round of 16|
|54.||July 3||2:00 AM||Winner Group G vs Runner-up Group H||Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don||Round of 16|
|55.||July 3||10:00 PM||Winner Group F vs Runner-up Group E||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg||Round of 16|
|56.||July 4||2:00 AM||Winner Group H vs Runner-up Group G||Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow||Round of 16|
|57.||July 6||10:00 PM||Winner Match 49 vs Winner Match 50||Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod||Quarter-finals|
|58.||July 7||2:00 AM||Winner Match 53 vs Winner Match 54||Kazan Arena, Kazan||Quarter-finals|
|59.||July 8||2:00 AM||Winner Match 51 vs Winner Match 52||Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi||Quarter-finals|
|60.||July 7||10:00 PM||Winner Match 55 vs Winner Match 56||Cosmos Arena, Samara||Quarter-finals|
|61.||July 11||2:00 AM||Winner Match 57 vs Winner Match 58||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg||Semi-finals|
|62.||July 12||2:00 AM||Winner Match 59 vs Winner Match 60||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow||Semi-finals|
|63.||July 14||10:00 PM||Loser Match 61 vs Loser Match 62||Krestovsky Stadium, Saint Petersburg||Third place|
|64.||July 15||11:00 PM||Winner Match 61 vs Winner Match 62||Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow||Final|