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The 2018 World Cup is here and runs until the final on July 15. Check back here daily for results, news coverage and stories on the biggest names in Russia. 

2018 World Cup content and fixtures

Fixtures: Daily match schedule
Scores: Follow every match
Tables: All the group standings
Bracket: The knockout stages
FiveThirtyEight’s SPI: Who are the favourites?
FIFA World Rankings: Germany No. 1

News and features: ESPN’s home for everything World Cup
Betting guide: How to bet the World Cup
Para la cobertura de los Copa Mundial en español, visite ESPN Deportes
Para a cobertura dos Copa do Mundo em Português, por favor visite ESPN Brasil.

How to watch the World Cup (check local listings)

United States: Fox Sports, Telemundo Deportes
Africa: Kwesé TV (Free-to-air)
Australia: SBS, Optus Sport
Brazil: Globo, SporTV, Fox Sports
United Kingdom: BBC, ITV

What to read and watch: Reaction

June 17: 

Sam Borden: Does Manuel Neuer deserve to be Germany No.1? 

Project Russia: Mexico take over the World Cup

Raphael Honigstein: Germany must rebuild after loss

Nick Miller: Swiss had Brazil a reality check

Matchday recap: Favourites humbled

World Cup daily: Germany woe

June 16:

Jeff Carlisle: Lionel Messi must pick himself up, ignore Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons

Dale Johnson: How VAR made World Cup history in France vs. Australia

Matchday recap: Misery for Messi, while Pogba saves France

ESPN FC TV: How Messi and Ronaldo differ with their national teams

June 15:

Gab Marcotti: Cristiano Ronaldo laid claim to GOAT status and made Spain pay

Nick Ames: Egypt will rue the decision to bench Mohamed Salah vs. Uruguay

ESPN FC TV: Seb Salazar and Herc Gomez take a riverboat cruise in Moscow

June 14:

Sam Borden: Russia’s big win defines surreal start to the World Cup

Mark Ogden: Rampant Russia start with unexpected style

Project Russia: Coutinho Egged, North America’s 2026 World Cup joy

What to read and watch: Preview content

PLAY: ESPN FC’s Match Predictor game, and get some tips here

Predictions: See what the ESPN pundits are saying

Sam Borden: Will the World Cup in Russia be overshadowed by racism, hooligans and politics? Read

World Cup Rank: The top 50 players competing at Russia 2018. Read

The results are in! See the final World Cup Ultimate XI. Read

Alternative 2018 World Cup Fans’ Guide: Forget tactics, here’s what you really need to know! Read

World Cup team posters: Check out our specially commissioned graphics

World Cup 2018 team previews: What you need to know about all 32 teams. Read

Marvel’s Amazing World Cup Spoilers: Marvel brings you the epic stories, big heroes and mega-villains in Russia this summer. Read

Special report: Inside Russia’s new-school hooligan culture. Read

World Cup Top Tenners: We take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from tournaments gone by.  Read

World Cup final 23-man squads: Who will be on the plane to Russia? Read

Best represented clubs: Which clubs are sending the most men to the biggest show on Earth? Read

Power Rankings: The Top 10 teams, as voted for by editors around the world. Read

World Cup rivalries: Beckham vs. Simeone, Zidane vs. Materazzi and Pele vs. Moore are among the best we have seen. Read

VAR: What it means for the World Cup finals. Read

Iceland: Remember the darlings of Euro 2016? They want to shock the world. And there’s more to them than that thunderclap. Read

Best World Cup mascots: From cuddly to surreal to conceptual art projects, mascots down the years have been a mixed bunch. Read

Photo Gallery: Introducing the next generation of World Cup stars. Read

How the World Cup affects MLS: With MLS taking a short break during the World Cup, we look at the teams hardest hit. Read

World Cup Boot-Spotter’s Guide: Who is wearing what on their feet? Read

Letters From Russia

Eliot Rothwell visits the hosts cities for an inside look at Russia.

Moscow: The Russian capital feels like a new city as foreign fans arrive awash with excitement for the start of the tournament. Read

Kazan: Shared by ethnic Tatars and ethnic Russians, by Islam and Orthodoxy, everything coexists in a modern, globalized city. Read

Sochi: It was developed as a place for Russia’s regular folk to get a beach holiday, but is becoming another playground for the elite. Read

Nizhny Novgorod: It was “closed” to foreigners for much of its existence but, since the Soviet Union fell, it has warmed to outside culture. Read

Exploding Heads group previews

Group A: Intimidating crests & Salah’s meteoric rise
Group B: Ronaldo quiz & Carlos Queiroz ‘exclusive’
Group C: French Mourinho & undercover research
Group D: The World Cup’s nice group
Group E: Be very afraid of Brazil’s squad
Group F: The best team with the worst nickname
Group G: Can we just talk about England?
Group H: Poland’s crest, Senegal’s nickname & conundrums

Last Train to Russia

Martin Ainstein visits each host city to see what competing nations can expect. 

The best of Last Train to Russia
Last Train to Russia debuts
Ekaterinburg
Kaliningrad
Kazan
Moscow
Nizhny Novgorod
Rostov-on-Don
St Petersburg
Samara
Saransk
Sochi
Volgograd

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