Russia ready to welcome the world, says FIFA chief Infantino

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Turkey, which did not qualify for the World Cup Finals, almost won it in the 79th minute when Malli's shot floated just over the crossbar.

However, while the listings can be viewed and the prices are given in sterling, UK-based fans appear to be now unable to buy World Cup tickets via the website.

The June 14-July 15 competition is spread across 11 cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi, and Infantino, the head of the world governing body for the sport, believes that supporters are in for a real treat.

On June 22, 2014, Team USA played Portugal in a group stage match and 24.7 million people watched it - making it the most watched soccer match in US history.

It is unclear when the team was informed of Nike's decision.

The eventual winners will pocket $38 million, an increase of $3 million in comparison to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Telstar18, the official match ball for 2018 Football World Cup, is making rounds on the internet ahead of the big game in Russian Federation.

Uruguay held the first games and won the title.

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Mourinho also tipped Nigeria to surprise at the World Cup and finish ahead of Croatia and Iceland to snatch second place in Group D with Argentina to finish on top.

"The World Cup is a place for nations to come together", Mahdavikia said in a tweet that criticized Nike's decision as "illogical".

Germany stayed at the top of the rankings, despite being winless in five games and having lost their past two matches in a row.

England doesn't play for another few days after the tournament starts but there are plenty of games to get stuck into after the World Cup starts.

Chile, at No. 9, are ranked highest of teams not at the World Cup.

Russian Federation will go into its home World Cup without a win in seven games after drawing 1-1 with an under-strength Turkey team on Tuesday.

Germany, ranked number one as they seek to become the first back-to-back champions in 56 years, face opponents ranked 15th, 24th and 57th for a group average of 24.25, third-easiest on paper.

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