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World Cup 2018: When it starts, how to watch and more

por Gabriele Ramaciotti (14-06-2019)


id="article-body" class="row" section="article-body"> Adidas It's the biggest tournament for the biggest sport on Earth, and it comes around only once every four years. The 2018 FIFA World Cup will feature 32 teams and 64 games across four glorious weeks of action in Russia. In the US, Fox and FS1 will broadcast games in English, and Telemundo and NBC Universo will broadcast games in Spanish. Here's what you need to know to catch all of the World Cup this summer. (Note: CNET may get a commission from subscriptions placed through services featured in this article.)


What: 2018 FIFA World Cup


When: June 14 to July 15


Where: Russia


Channels: Fox, FS1, Telemundo and NBC Universo


Live streaming: FoxSports.com, Fox Sports app, Fox Soccer Match Pass app, Fubo, TelemundoDeportes.com and Telemundo Deportes en Vivo app

Which countries are playing?
Here's the draw for the 2018 World Cup:


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: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia


Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea


Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England


Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

Enlarge Image FIFA Click here for a full schedule of games for the 2018 World Cup.

Wait, the US didn't qualify?
Nope, the US men's national team didn't make it for the first time since 1986. But don't let the absence of the USMNT ruin your summer of soccer fun. There's modern-day Viking heroes Iceland (and a number of other teams) that you can adopt for the month.

Remind me who the best soccer players are.
Sure, here's a quick primer:


Lionel Messi has done everything in his career -- short of winning a World Cup for Argentina


Cristiano Ronaldo, fresh off his fifth UEFA Champions League victory, is hoping to capture Portugal's first World Cup title


Neymar leads Brazil, which hasn't won the World Cup since 2002, and 16 years qualifies as a long World Cup drought for Camisetas De Fútbol the practitioners of The Beautiful Game

The above three players are probably the biggest names in soccer, at least to this American's untrained eye. You will likely also hear these names mentioned this summer while watching the World Cup:


Gabriel Jesus, Brazil's other star


Timo Werner, defending champ Germany's stellar young forward


Toni Kroos, Germany's do-it-all midfielder


Luis Suárez, Uruguay's all-time leading scorer and ear biter


Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez, aka Isco, Spain's insanely skilful attacking midfielder