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Live Coverage: World Cup 2018 buildup

Live Coverage: World Cup 2018 buildup

Sports Mole brings you live updates of the buildup to the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

By Daniel Lewis, Football League Correspondent
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Last Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2018 at 12:26 UK

All eyes will be on Russia this afternoon as the 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup – and the first to be held in Europe since 2006 – gets underway in the Soviet state.

Some 210 nations contested 872 qualifying matches to make it this far, leaving us with 32 teams battling it out for the biggest prize of them all.

Over the next four weeks or so we can expect excitement, controversy and plenty of drama to keep us gripped – this really is the greatest show on earth of them all.

It all gets up and running at 4pm with hosts Russia taking on Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium, but before then be sure to stick with Sports Mole for all the latest from each camp.

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12.00pmAnyone else feel like a kid on Christmas morning? Following years of preparations, and no less than £8bn spent on renovations, Russia is ready to host the greatest show on earth. Sports Mole will be with you throughout the day, bringing you all the latest from each camp and updates from the opening match a little later as Russia take on Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium.

Russia's immortal president Vladimir Putin pictured alongside the World Cup on June 13, 2018

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