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Although there are some prestigious soccer countries who won't be participating in next summer's FIFA World Cup — namely Italy, Netherlands and the United States — that doesn't mean that the biggest soccer tournament on the planet will be lacking star power. To put it bluntly, the 2018 FIFA World Cup will still be the biggest spectacle on the sports planet next year. Yes, that even includes th upcoming Winter Olympics.
Hosted by Russia, the 2018 FIFA World Cup draw took place this morning and, wow, there are some seriously juicy matchups that should have soccer fans excited. Here's a look at how the groups stack up, per ESPN.
- Saudi Arabia
- Costa Rica
- South Korea
So, what are some of the top matchups following the 2018 World Cup draw that should have fans salivating? How about a group stage showdown between Crisitano Ronaldo, arguably the world's most popular player, versus perennial powerhouse Spain? Or, anyone interested in Germany and Mexico facing off in the group stage?
So, when does the 2018 FIFA World Cup start? Glad you asked, guys, 'cause the tournament kicks off on June 14 and runs through July 15, meaning that today's FIFA World Cup draw is just the first step towards doing nothing but watching how it all unfolds during the summer. Ah, we can't wait!
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