Five facts about the World Cup 2019 title Five things you need to know about the 2019 World Cup – BBC Sport

From November 18, the 2018 FIFA World Cup will kick off in Brazil and finish on February 13.

The World Cup kicks off with a Group D match against Turkey at the Maracana Stadium.

This is the first time a group stage game between two top teams in the same country has been played since 2010. 

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The group stage will be played out in six groups, with the top two progressing to the World Championship.

The final group game will be the final group stage of the tournament. 

Who will play? 

Brazil and Turkey are the two best sides in the tournament and both are expected to finish with top four finishes.

Brazil will play Mexico in the first group game on Friday. 

Turkey’s success at the 2018 World Cup has been a credit to their players, but there are questions over their squad.

There are questions surrounding the squad and the results they achieved at the World Championships, with former captain Neymar’s future in doubt. 

What will happen to the group stage? 

The six groups will be seeded 1-3, with Russia and Croatia in Group A and France and Germany in Group B. In Group A, Turkey will face the Republic of Ireland in a Group C game on Thursday. 

Germany and France will meet in Group D, while the Netherlands and Italy will take part in Group E. On the other side of the table, England will face Portugal in Group F. England will face Belgium in Group G, while Portugal and Turkey will meet at the group-stage finish of Group H. Can I watch the World Cups? 

Yes, the World Football League will televise all of the Group A games. 

Is there a TV deal? 

There is a TV rights deal with the World football league. 

Are there any other World Cup competitions? 

It’s not certain whether the 2018 tournament will be in South Africa, Russia, or Argentina, but it’s possible that the 2018 Africa Cup of Nations will take place in South African capital Cape Town. 

Will there be a World Cup for the third time? 


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