Saudi Arabia touch down in Russian Federation ahead of World Cup


The biggest footballing spectacle, FIFA World Cup, is about to get underway in less than a week's time and fans from all around the world are thronging various venues across Russian Federation, the host nation for FIFA World Cup 2018.

Losses during the knock-out round of final competitions will not be included in the calculations and matches played with higher ranked teams will carry more points.

In a procedural step, the FIFA Council in its meeting held on Sunday, June 10, ratified the Moroccan bid and United bid to be put forward to be voted for on 13 June. "The live studio show Football Extraaa and the breakfast show Kick-Off will enrich the die-hard football enthusiast's viewing experience of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia", Rajesh Kaul, President, Sports and Distribution Business, Sony Pictures Networks India said.

The World Cup will be increased from 32 to 48 teams from 2026 but the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) proposed in April that the change be introduced in 2022. He was sorely missed in 2014 and is most likely to make up for his nation at the expense of one of the top teams in the competition.

The Saudi team, led by Argentinian coach Solary, succeeded in crossing the first round in World Cup in USA after topping its group scoring six points from two wins over Morocco 2-1 and Belgium 1-0. Asked which team he will support as a fan in the FIFA World Cup, Rathore said, "I see with what commitment and passion the players play".

All it takes is for one of the favourites to have a subpar performance against Uruguay and they can easily turn the tide to their favour and go as far as their talents are willing to send them.

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Saudi Arabia have kept only one clean sheet in their 13 games at the World Cup in their 1-0 win against Belgium in June 1994.

These two have so much experience playing in the top teams in Europe that those should come in handy when Croatia are up against powerful teams in Russian Federation.

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A big question mark hangs over the participation of Egypt and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, who is still receiving treatment for the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final.

There is always a sense of excitement when Brazil arrive at an global tournament and in Neymar the team undoubtedly possess one of the best players in the world.

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