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All you need to know about FIFA World Cup 2018

The world’s most-watched sports event will kick off on June 14, and fans across the country can celebrate each match as the Oman World Cup Festival takes over the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre from June 14-July 15. Read on as the Y team brings you the score!



 As football fans worldwide get ready for the ultimate celebration of the beautiful game, Oman is set to follow suit on a grand scale as the Oman World Cup Festival 2018 lands at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (OCEC) from June 14-July 15!

Presented by Ooredoo, this SABCO Media Event will see the OCEC transformed into a massive football pitch where friends, families, and fans can watch the matches on seven of the largest screens in the country, explore the fan zones, vendor villages, gaming areas, on-site souq and meet-and-greets with Oman National Team players.

 Season passes and individual daily match tickets go on-sale Friday, June 8 online at virginmegastore.me, or on-site at the OCEC and SABCO Commercial Centre.

Now, to get you pumped, we’ve rounded up a collection of fun facts and sneak peeks about the upcoming Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup!

Mascot

 

The charming Siberian wolf Zabivaka™ will be the official mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

The tradition of World Cup mascots dates back to the proud lion cub Willie who made his début at the 1966 competition in England. At every tournament since, the role of the mascot has steadily become more important, and they’re now an essential part of the spectacle, delighting fans young and old alike.

Fantasy football? Here are our top suggestions for your defending line:

 

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris [France]

He isn’t the best goalie taking part in the tournament, but we think he might enjoy more clean sheets than any other goalkeeper thanks to his defensive duet with Samuel Umtiti and Raphaël Varane.

 

Left Back: Jordi Alba (Expect assists and clean sheets) [Spain]

The 29-year-old left back assisted Barca strikers eight times in the Spanish La Liga and is expected to do the same in the World Cup 2018 – especially given that David De Gea will ensure a rock-built goal-post.

 

Centre Back: Diego Godin (Expect clean sheets) [Uruguay]

We believe Atlético Madrid’s captain and defender has what it takes to keep attackers away from Uruguay’s goalkeeper.

 

Centre Back: Thiago Silva (Expect goals and clean sheets) [Brazil]

An expert defender with great physical attributes, it’s time for Silva to get over the 7-1 defeat to Germany in 2014 and push Brazil to reach the World Cup final again.

 

Right Back: Joshua Kimmich (Expect goals and assists) (Germany]

At only 23, the young German created 13 goals this season for Bayern Munich. His strengths? Kimmich can switch positions and can even play as a center mid-fielder.

 

Fashion

 Iconic French fashion label Louis Vuitton has announced three unique projects to celebrate the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The fashion house was commissioned once again to make a special case that will hold the official FIFA World Cup Trophy. They’ve been making sure the trophy travels safe and in style since 2010.

 

Flagship stadium

Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium has swelled its capacity to 80,000 after a four-year period and will host seven World Cup matches including the opening match and the final.

It’s located in one of the most picturesque areas of the Russian capital as part of a wider Olympic complex bearing the same name that spreads over 180 hectares. The Moskva River flows right alongside the stadium which fans and athletes can cross using a cable-car!

Important news

Egypt star Mohamed Salah drops exciting Twitter update

Football’s most popular current start Tweeted this positive pic on June 3, hinting that he’s on the road to recovery after suffering a shoulder injury at the hands of Spain’s Sergio Ramos in the Champions League final. Drafted to the Egyptian national team for the World Cup, Salah is showing no signs of backing down!

Official song

‘Live It Up’ by Nicky Jam, featuring Will Smith and Era Istrefi is blowing up the global airwaves, and will fill the stadiums around Russia with a lively atmosphere to bring fans together.

Fans at the final on July 15 can also look forward to being treated to a live rendition of the song with a star-studded performance at the closing ceremony.

Predict scores

Through FIFA’s official website, bracketchallenge.fifa.com, you can take a stab at predicting the group stage results and knockout matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. And the best part? Compete with friends to earn points and win prizes!

Jersey style

Who said athletes can’t be stylish in action? Nike and Puma have come up with some amazing kit for the World Cup 2018 teams, but we think German brand Adidas has outsmarted them both with their classically-designed jerseys. Here are our top four:

Colombia (Away)

Inspired by their orange kits of the ’70s and ’80s, Colombia will sport a different contrast of colours that will definitely stand out on the pitch.

Japan (Away)

Simple, sharp, and fancy. Adidas made it up to the Japanese national team with their away jerseys, after screwing up their home kit design.

Argentina (Home)

Pale in colour, with the Adidas stripes back on the shoulders, it looks ancient –reminding us of the team’s good old days. Is it too daring? Too much of a throwback? You can either love it or hate it.

Germany (Away)

The FIFA champions want to make sure they’ll lift the trophy again in style. Their eye-catching green away kit has awed fans around the world – enough that we think Germany deserves a Fashion World Cup this year!

Keep it locked on Y each week as we bring you the best highlights, hits, and recaps of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup so you don’t miss a single goal!