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Over the next five weeks, the greatest show on earth will again show it has the power to enthrall, kicking aside Fifa’s tarnished reputation and the murkiness of Vladimir Putin’s regime. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is just hours away as millions of fans around the world eagerly await for football’s greatest event to get underway. Russia are hosting the quadrennial event for the first time in history with matches to be held in 12 stadiums across 11 host cities.

Spain feature several Champions League winners from Real Madrid in their squad as they look to recapture the magic that saw them crowned world champions eight years ago and European champions in 2008 and 2012.

Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo will be hoping for a first World Cup winners’ medal after helping Portugal win Euro 2016, while Lionel Messi is hoping to win a first major trophy with Argentina.

France boast a young, exciting squad which includes 19-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe as well as a number of familiar Premier League names including Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud.

World Cup holders Germany, five-time winners Brazil, Euro 2016 winners Portugal, 2014 runners-up Argentina, Belgium, Poland and 1998 winners France are among the eight seeded teams. Hosts Russia are also seeded, even though they are the tournament’s lowest-placed team – 70th – in Fifa’s world rankings. England, who have won only one of their past eight World Cup matches, are unseeded, as are 2010 champions Spain.

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