THE A-Z OF THE 2018 WORLD CUP!

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A is for ALLEZ LES BLEUS

With Pogba, Griezmann and Mbappe ready to step up, the French are going to do incredible things in Russia!

B is for BOOT, GOLDEN

This summer promises to be a shootout between the planet’s elite strikers. Gotta love goals!

C is for CHRISTIAN RONALDO

He’s fired Portugal to Euro 2016 glory – could this be the year he writes his name into World Cup history?

D is for DENTIST

Heimir Hallgrímsson, manager of Iceland, is also a qualified dentist! Open wide!

E is for ESSAM EL-HADARY

The Egypt keeper is 45 YEARS OLD and if he plays in Russia he’ll become the oldest player ever to play at a World Cup!

F is for FISHT OLYMPIC STADIUM

All eyes will be on this 41,000-capacity stadium on 15 June as it hosts Spain and Portugal in what promises to be a classic!

G is for GOTZE

He scored the winner in the final four years ago but Mario Gotze, the Borussia Dortmund man, hasn’t made the Germany squad!

H is for HARRY KANE

Not since Gary Lineker in 1986 has an Englishman been top scorer at a World Cup. Can Harold Edward Kane become a World Cup legend?

I is for ITALY

World Cup legends Italy will NOT be in Russia – and neither will be Holland, USA or Alexis Sanchez’s Chile!

J is for JORGE SAMPAOLI

He’s got to figure out how he’s going to get Sergio Aguero, Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Lionel Messi into his starting line-up!

K is for KALINIGRAD

This is where the mouth-watering clash between England and Belgium will take place!

L is for LUZHNIKI STADIUM

Moscow’s 81,000-capacity stadium, the biggest in Russia, will host the big one itself, the World Cup Final on 15 July!

M is for MATRYOSHKA DOLL

Also, know as Russian Dolls. Whatever you call them, you can expect to see A LOT of these little things over the next month or so!

N is for NEYMAR

The Brazilian superstar is in a race against time to make the tournament after missing the last two months of the season with an injury!

O is for OLE FOOTBALL

Amazing in 2010 but a shambles in 2014, the Spanish, under head coach Julen Lopetegui, look back to their best!

P is for PANAMA

The Central Americans have qualified for their first ever World Cup and they’re in England’s group. Can they spring a surprise?

Q is for QUEIROZ, CARLOS

Can Man. United’s old assistant manager mastermind shocks against Spain and Portugal to secure Iran a surprise qualification from Group B?

R is for RED SQUARE

Expect video montages, studio backdrops and lots of viewings of this iconic Moscow landmark over the summer!

S is for STANISLAV CHERCHESOV

Cherchesov is the boss of the Russian national team and has the dreams of the home nation on his shoulders. Talk about pressure!

T is for TESTER 18

Everyone loves an official World Cup football – and this year’s one is a beauty!

U is for USHANKA

They’re aren’t many things more Russian than these cosy hats. Fans getting into the World Cup spirit will be dancing around in these next month!

V is for VOLGOGRAD

At 7pm, on Monday 18 June, the Three Lions kick off their World Cup with a clash against Tunisia in the 45,000-seater Volgograd Arena! We. Can’t. Wait!

W is for WHAT A GOAL

Whether their volleys, screamers, headers, chips, free-kicks… you’ve got to love a wondergoal!

X is for XBOX

Expect the England lads to be bringing along their Xboxes and PlayStations for some fiery bedroom FIFA tournaments!

Y is for YEKATERINBURG

Two Liverpool legends – Luis Suarez and Mo Salah – will be hoping to face off here when Uruguay and Egypt do battle in Group A!

Z is for ZABIVAKA

He’s the official World Cup mascot. He’s a wolf who loves footy – and probably howling and scaring sheep!

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