The 2018 Fifa World Cup gets under way on Thursday when hosts Russia face Saudi Arabia following an opening ceremony at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

Football’s showpiece event features 32 teams, including holders Germany, competing in 64 games over 32 days.

The 21st edition will be played out in 12 stadiums, across 11 cities, spread over 1,800 miles.

In this tournament, there are eight groups consisting of four teams. The top two teams from each group move on to the knockout stage, which is a 16-team, single-elimination tournament to decide a winner.

There are four teams (Brazil, Spain, Germany and France) that are clearly a notch above the rest but you never know World Cup is full of surprises.

FIFA World Cup 2018 schedule

Google is ready to help you in this world cup

You can ask Google things like “Hey Google, when is Russia versus Saudi Arabia” or ” Hey Google, who won yesterday’s match” or “OK Google, who’s playing tomorrow.”

Google Assistant will also provide you with fun and quirky facts if you ask it things like “Hey Google, how many World Cups has Brazil won?”

Apart from that, Google has said that Search, News, Assistant, Trends, YouTube will all include football-related content.

The moment has finally arrived! Today the 21st edition of the world’s greatest football tournament will kick off at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium with the match between the hosts and Saudi Arabia.

Who will succeed defending champions Germany – or can Die Nationalelf claim their fifth star and become the first team to win back-to-back titles since Brazil in 1958 and 1962? All will be revealed on 15 July when the Trophy is lifted into the evening sky.