With the 2018 World Cup fast approaching, we have countless hours of cheering, nail biting, and exhilaration to look forward to as the world’s best players compete for the biggest trophy in the footballing world!

To let you in on the excitement, we have compiled a list for football fans and newbies alike, detailing fun facts about host country Russia, the most thrilling matches, and players to look out for at the Singapore broadcast of this year’s World Cup.

The road to Russia.

Dollars and sense: the perks of playing host
In 2009, Russia announced intentions to host the 2018 World Cup, with preparations to spend $10 billion on stadiums and infrastructure capable of supporting the global competition. Russia subsequently beat out competitors Spain-Portugal, Belgium-Netherlands and England in its bid to host this year’s World Cup. With the economic boost and visibility on the world stage that come with playing host, recent estimates suggest that Russia will get a $30.8 billion boost from the 2018 World Cup!


Centre of the action
The Cup will be held in 12 stadiums across Russia, with most of the key action slated to take place in the largest two. The Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will be the site of the competition’s biggest matches, including it’s grand finals on 15 July 2018. Upgraded for the 2018 World Cup, it is the largest stadium of its kind in Russia and boasts a seating capacity of 81,000. The Saint Petersburg Stadium in Saint Petersburg, with a capacity of 68,000, is second largest and will also host key matches such as a semi final.

Matches you cannot miss.

The eager beavers: Russia vs. Saudi Arabia (June 14, 11pm)
With Russia being the host nation for the 2018 World Cup and Saudi Arabia not having seen much World Cup success in the past, both sides will be eager to prove themselves. This opening match to the 2018 World Cup is sure to be energetic and passion-filled; a great way to introduce yourself to the Russian atmosphere, fans and culture that will be the backdrop for 2018’s World Cup.

 

David and Goliath: Argentina vs. Iceland (June 16, 9pm)
Group D’s opening match is nothing less than a David versus Goliath showdown. Iceland, with a humble population of just over 350,000 and qualifying for the World Cup for the first time ever in 2018, will face 17-time World Cup veteran and 2-time champion, Argentina. Given Iceland’s impressive run in the 2016 UEFA European Championship, this match seems primed for the underdogs to deliver a surprising result!

 

Clash of the titans: England vs. Belgium (29 June, 2am)
England versus Belgium will be a face off between colossus competitors! Both squads have been formidable thus far, with an abundance of talent on either team. Adding to the tension is the likelihood that several premier league club teammates will find themselves on opposing sides for this match.

After winning the Premier League title together in 2018, English players including Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and John Stones will seek to replicate their success not just without, but playing against their Manchester City Captain, Vincent Kompany, and key playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, both Belgian nationals.

In addition, England striker and 2-time golden boot winner Harry Kane might find it tough to score against a Belgian defence helmed by his Tottenham Hotspur teammates Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, who won’t be caught off guard by his usual bag of tricks.

Legends, rising stars and dark horses - players to watch.

Some of the world’s most recognisable names in football will be in action at the 2018 World Cup. In particular, this year’s competition may be the World Cup swan song for legends such as Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentina’s Lionel Messi, both in their 30s.

The World Cup 2018 will also feature plenty of new faces, dark horses and unlikely heroes. Here are 3 promising up-and-comers to keep your eye on during the competition:


Timo Werner (Germany)
At only 22 years young, this energetic striker could be defending champion Germany’s key to retaining their title at the 2018 World Cup. Werner is quite the prodigy, holding the record for youngest players to make 150 appearances in the German league. He has already scored 3 goals in the qualifying rounds of the World Cup and has his sights set on far more.


Son Heung-Min (South Korea)
Arguably the most recognisable Asian player in world football today, Son is a 2-time winner of Asian International Player of the Year. This multi-lingual South Korean has thrived as a deadly attacker in both the German and English leagues. Son is a formidable player with blistering pace and the ability to shoot with either foot, and will certainly play a large role in how far South Korea advances in the Cup..


Aleksandr Golovin (Russia)
Much like Team Russia’s football aspirations on the world stage, this young midfielder isn’t very established but shows flashes of brilliance. Golovin is currently 21 and only has a handful of international matches for Russia under his belt. The 2018 World Cup will be his major debut on the world stage and a huge test of skill for this aspiring superstar.

Catch the World Cup 2018 Singapore broadcast live!

Catch all 64 matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM live on StarHub TV and StarHub Go with the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM Pack.

 

For StarHub TV customers:
Subscribe to the Pack on StarHub TV by tuning in to Ch 222 and pressing the BLUE button on your remote to buy instantly, or by logging in here. To also get LIVE coverage streamed on your devices, add-on the StarHub TV Go Value-Added Service* and then log in to starhubgo.com or the StarHub Go app.


If you don’t have StarHub TV:
Buy the Pack instantly on StarHub Go, no prior StarHub subscription required. Then simply login to starhubgo.com or the StarHub Go app to stream LIVE coverage. Plus, enjoy data-free streaming on StarHub Mobile^!

NOTE:

  • *For StarHub TV subscribers, simply add-on the StarHub TV Go Value-Added Service at $2/month and you'll be able to access LIVE coverage of the tournament via starhubgo.com or the StarHub Go app. 
  • ^Data-free streaming is applicable to StarHub Mobile postpaid customers streaming on the StarHub Go App. Customers are required to set their mobile data access point (APN) to ‘shwap’ in order to enjoy streaming with no data charges

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