All our coverage for the June 14-July 15 tournament in one place
World Cup 2018: Blogs, guides, predictions, podcasts, galleries and where to watch in UAE
The 2018 World Cup has begun. The world's best players are on display in Russia from June 14-July 15 for the global showpiece finals.
You can follow all the developing action in Russia with The National, with our daily live updates blog. There will also be expert analysis and features throughout proceedings from our team of writers.
There is analysis on each of the 32 sides competing in the group guides, and our staff have all put their respective credibility as sports pundits on the line with their predictions for what is going to happen. Come back throughout the tournament to find out how right, or wrong, they have proved to be.
There is a also a full listing below on where to watch the games in the UAE.
Look below to find everything you could possibly want to know about the 2018 World Cup.
THE ACTION AS IT HAPPENS
There will be a daily blog on every day of live action at the World Cup, keeping you informed on team news, results, goals and reports from news conferences.
You can follow a record of how World Cup 2018 unfolds here.
Here's your chance to keep on top of the tournament in Russia, from the group stages all the way through to the final with our World Cup wallchart.
Richard Jolly: Elder statesman Essam El-Hadary 'a true leader' for Egypt
Ahead of kick off on Thursday, when hosts Russia take on Saudi Arabia in the opening match in Moscow, The National's Extra Time podcast staged a special World Cup quiz episode.
Two teams battled it out in the ultimate test of World Cup trivia - John McAuley and Jon Turner took on Adam Workman and Steve Luckings with a trophy - Leo the Lion Messi - on offer for the winners and a trip to Emirates Park Zoo planned for the losing team.
Join host and quizmaster Mustafa Alrawi to find out who emerged victorious and who are on their way to feed baby goats at the zoo!
Also listen to:
Extra Time podcast: John McAuley's Road to Russia
(All Ian Hawkey)
(All Richard Jolly)
Ian Hawkey, Richard Jolly, Andy Mitten, our World Cup reporter John McAuley and the rest of The National's sports desk give their predictions of who will win, who will flop and who you should keep an eye out for.
World Cup 2018: Winners, losers, top-scorers and players to watch
WORLD CUP MEMORIES
The National staff recollect their favourite memories from previous World Cup tournaments.
Part 1: Gazza's tears at Italia 90
Part 2: The Ronaldo mystery at France 98
Part 3: Roberto Baggio's magic at USA 94
Part 10: Remembering UAE at Italia 90
Maradona, Parreira, Cannavaro - the World Cup winners with UAE connections
Quaresma, Berg, Tite, Cuper - players and managers with UAE links at World Cup 2018
In pictures: World Cup 2018 home kits ranked
In pictures: The World Cup 2018 stadiums as seen from space
In pictures: All 12 Russia 2018 World Cup stadiums
WATCHING THE WORLD CUP IN THE UAE
The hotels, hot spots and TV packages to watch all the games:
Where to watch: Abu Dhabi
Where to watch: Dubai