- The 2018 FIFA Football World Cup is scheduled to start on 14 June 2018
- Soccer fans from across the globe will tune in to watch some of the best players in the world square off against each other
- The group stages of this year’s tournament features some mouth-watering clashes
Soccer fans from across the globe are counting down the days and hours until the biggest sporting event in the world kicks off in Russia. The 2018 FIFA Football World Cup is set to start in just over a week on 14 June 2018.
Fans from competing nations will be cheering their sides on during the tournament, neutral fans (such as South Africans) will also tune in to watch some of the best footballers in the world compete for glory.
The group stages of the tournament traditionally pits strong nations teams against less strong teams, but the 2018 edition has a couple of mouth-watering clashes.
Briefly.co.za gathered that some of these include the Spain vs Portugal match and watching Luiz Suarez face Mohamed Salah when Uruguay faces Egypt.
Goal.com reports that there are at least five and possibly ten unmissable group stage matches at the 2018 tournament.
1. Egypt vs Uruguay – 15 June 2018
This match features two of Europe’s biggest names. Mohamed Salah almost singlehandedly ensured Egypt made the finals for the first time since 1990.
Salah has had a dream year in the English Premier League where he scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool. Salah will face Luiz Suarez in Egypt’s opening game, Suarez was by all accounts the Salah of his time.
2. Spain vs Portugal - 15 June 2018
Two European giants, one a past world cup winner, another with a point to prove. This match promises to be one of the best of the tournament.
Portugal will be led by Ronaldo, who will be desperate to bring glory to his national side. The Portuguese side are the current Euro champions. The Spanish side is in a rebuilding phase, but still features superstars such as Andres Iniesta, David Silva and Gerard Pique.
3. Argentina vs Iceland – 16 June 2018
Iceland will be playing in their first ever World Cup. The tiny island nation will come up against a team with a World Cup pedigree second only to Brazil.
The Argentinians will be led by Lionel Messi, experts agree that Messi might just be able to carry his national side to glory this year.
4. Germany vs Mexico – 18 June 2018
Germany will be looking to win back to back World Cup titles and as such will want a strong start to their 2018 campaign.
The German team is as strong as it was four-years ago and features a mixture of young talent and experienced veterans.
5. Brazil vs Switzerland - 18 June 2018
No World Cup would be complete without the Brazilian team. The most storied team in World Cup history will want to make up for their 7-1 defeat at the hands of Germany in their last appearance in a World Cup.
Brazil will fancy their chances now that Neymar is fit and ready, he boosts an already talented side featuring stars such as Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Willian.
Other matches to look out for:
Argentina vs Croatia
France vs Denmark
Germany vs South Korea
Senegal vs Columbia
Belgium vs England
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