Where to watch the matches
If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Russia for the tournament, there are 12 stadiums in 11 cities where you can watch the 64 games. We’ve taken a look at each venue where you can grab a slice of the action.
Luzhniki Stadium – This 80,000-capacity stadium in Moscow will host seven games, including the opening match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia and the final.
Saint Petersburg Stadium – Russia’s second-largest city will also serve as the venue for seven matches, where a capacity crowd of 67,000 will get to see Brazil vs Costa Rica on 22 June as well as one of the semi-finals.
Fisht Stadium – Sochi’s Fisht Stadium opened in 2013 and has 48,000 seats. Six matches will take place here, including Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal vs 2010 FIFA World Cup™ winners Spain on 15 June, arguably the standout tie of the group stage.
Ekaterinburg Arena – Four group-stage matches will be played at the 45,000-seater Ekaterinburg Arena, including the Group C clash between France and Peru on 21 June.
Kazan Arena – The Kazan Arena has a capacity of 45,000 and hosts six 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ matches, including Group F’s South Korea vs Germany on 27 June.
Rostov Arena – The 45,000-capacity Rostov Arena is another new stadium, and its design is inspired by the ancient mounts of earth, Kurgans, that can be found in the region. Of its five tournament matches, the Group E game between five-time champions Brazil and Switzerland is the standout.
Samara Arena – The Samara Arena opened on 28 April 2018 and was built for the World Cup. Home to 45,000 spectators, it features a 65.5-metres high dome roof. Six matches will be played here, including Group A’s match between Uruguay and Russia on 25 June.
Mordovia Arena – Saransk’s Mordovia Arena hosts four group-stage matches at the tournament, in front of 45,000 fans. Group H’s Colombia vs Japan on 19 June promises to be an exciting match.
Volgograd Stadium – Located on the banks of the Volga river, the Volgograd Arena also plays to crowds of 45,000, and will be the venue for four group matches.
Spartak Stadium – Moscow’s Spartak Stadium has 42,000 seats and opened in 2014. Lionel Messi’s Argentina take on Iceland there on 16 June, one of five matches at the venue.
Kaliningrad Stadium – The 32,212-capacity Kaliningrad Stadium opened this year, and will witness four 2018 FIFA World Cup™ matches, including England’s crunch Group G fixture against Belgium on 28 June.
Music to get you in the mood
From national anthems to official tournament songs, music is an essential part of every FIFA World Cup™. This year’s official anthem is ‘Live It Up’ by Nicky Jam, featuring Will Smith and Era Istrefi and produced by Diplo.
The multi-platinum US band has recorded a version of Bob Marley & The Wailers’ iconic feel-good anthem ‘Three Little Birds’ for a new television advertising campaign that highlights Hyundai’s smart technology.
Created by Grammy award-winning director Joseph Kahn, the video features Hyundai’s new fuel cell electric NEXO model and was shot against a football stadium backdrop. It features smart technology such as Forward Collision Avoidance Assist and Safe Exist Assist.
FIFA World Cup™ Match Predictor
Predict the scores for all 64 matches using the FIFA World Cup™ Match Predictor, presented by Hyundai. Players can build up their points, challenge their friends and climb the leaderboard to win prizes.
The grand prize is a brand new 12-inch Apple MacBook, awarded to the player with the highest score on the global contest leaderboard at the end of the FIFA World Cup™ Match Predictor contest. Meanwhile, the player that finishes in second place overall will receive a brand new 10.5-inch iPad Pro.
The Hyundai Go! Special Edition range
Hyundai Motor recently announced the Go! Special Edition range to support its sponsorship of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™.
The Go! Special Edition models are available in a number of colours, including an all new colour, Champion Blue (metallic).