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What to expect from the 2018 World Cup

What to expect from the 2018 World Cup

Playing in their fifth finals and ranked 36 by FIFA, Iran begin their campaign against Group B rivals Morocco on June 15 in Nizhny Novgorod.

Federation Internationale de Football Association added that anyone who holds a ticket that can be traced to an unauthorized resale site may be refused entry to World Cup matches.

Iran will be in Group B alongside former World Cup victor Spain and reigning European champions Portugal and Morocco.

Brazil's Electricity Sector Monitoring Committee (CMSE) announced special operational measures to ensure that the country will not have problems with its energy supply during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, which begins on June 14, official sources said.

"Today, there are no threats we have detected against the participants and visitors to the World Cup", Lavrishchev told a news conference.

Ominously for Japan, Gracenote singled out the team's Group H opponents Colombia as a team that could shock.

Most recently, the black players in the French squad were racially abused during the friendly game between Russian Federation and France in St Petersburg, one of the host cities for the tournament.

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The referees will have the authority to first stop the game and request a public announcement asking for the discriminatory behaviour to cease.

Swiss FIFA President Gianni Infantino, in an interview with the website FIFA.com today, expressed his great optimism and enthusiasm about the closeness of the Russia-2018 World Cup.

Federation Internationale de Football Association fined Russia 30,000 Swiss francs ($30,422) last month for discriminatory chants by fans after racist abuse was directed at French players during a friendly in St Petersburg in March.

Germany, the current reigning champions will be hoping to retain their trophy for a second time, taking a strong line-up including Premier League star Mesut Ozil and Bundesliga stalwarts Manuel Neuer and Matts Hummels.

Germany stayed at the top of the rankings, despite being winless in five games and having lost their past two matches in a row.

Japan will not fare well in Group H, they say.

England football team has a relatively easy group stage for the World Cup 2018 and England's first game will be against Tunisia on Monday, June 18 at 7pm.


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