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Russia annihilate Saudi Arabia to start their World Cup in style

Russia have wasted no time in making a statement at the 2018 FIFA World Cup, putting five goals past a scoreless Saudi Arabia in the opening match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

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How to watch the FIFA World Cup on TV or online: Russia vs Saudi Arabia live stream

The 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks off tonight, with host nation Russia tackling Saudi Arabia. This is The Roar’s guide to live streaming the World Cup opener or watching it on TV.

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World Cup expert tips and predictions: Day 1

Let the games begin. As part of its detailed coverage of the 2018 World Cup Finals, The Roar has assembled a panel of experts to offer their thoughts and tips on each night of action.

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The 50 best players at the 2018 World Cup: 10-1

It all comes down to this. The top ten players in world football – or at least the World Cup – as voted by The Roar’s panel of football experts. And as you’d expect, it’s a pretty formidable list.

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Now to turn a ‘fling with football’ into a steady relationship

As competitive, global and beautiful as the World Cup may turn out to be, the reality is that there is a mighty lot of cashing in going on as we speak.

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2018 FIFA World Cup SBS streaming schedule

The 2018 FIFA World Cup will kick-off on Friday, June 15, with 64 games in the space of a month set to crown the world champions. SBS are the free-to-air broadcaster in Australia and this is The Roar‘s guide to live streaming their games and other analysis of the tournament online.

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Saudis strike blow for Asia at World Cup

Saudi Arabia will become the first Asian nation to play in a World Cup opening match on Thursday (Friday AEST), but expectations for the continent are decidedly low in Russia.

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BREAKING: Spain just made the completely normal decision to sack their manager a day before the World Cup

The Spanish FA have made the bizarre decision to sack coach Julen Lopetegui with barely 30 hours to go before the World Cup starts.

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Ecstasy, agony, heartbreak and hope: Whatever happens at the World Cup, Australian fans have been there before

You can get to Kazan Arena by following Prospekt Khusaina Yamasheva until it curves to the right past Continent Park and the stadium rises dramatically out of the earth like a flying saucer.

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The 50 best players at the 2018 World Cup: 20-11

The fourth instalment of our top 50 players at the 2018 World Cup looks at the individuals ranked 20 to 11 by The Roar’s football writers.

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Do the Socceroos’ best players fit Bert’s system?

The midfield zone was the area of greatest strength during the Ange Postecoglou era, but also the most problematic.

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Which games are SBS showing at the 2018 FIFA World Cup? SBS World Cup TV guide, broadcast schedule

The FIFA World Cup is here, and with it comes 64 games of football over the course of a month in the biggest sporting event on the planet. But which games can you watch on free-to-air TV in Australia?

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2018 FIFA World Cup Optus streaming schedule

Optus will be the only way to watch every match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Australia. Here you can find details about how to live stream their coverage of the tournament, which will be hosted in Russia.

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The 50 best players at the 2018 World Cup: 30-21

The Roar is counting down the top 50 players at the World Cup, and here we reach the middle stages of the list with some star names and surprise inclusions.

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What does the footballing world see when they look at the Socceroos?

This is about the time our nation gets a little obsessed with the Socceroos heading into a World Cup.

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Socceroos settle into Russian Cup base

The Socceroos are relishing the close confines of their World Cup base, settling into their Kazan training facility.

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Tom Rogic

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Brazil star Neymar against Croatia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup (Wiki Commons)

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Daniel Arzani

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Mezut Ozil Germany

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Brazil's Neymar celebrates after scoring

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Mile Jedinak

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Bert van Marwijk

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Japan football friendly.

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Bert van Marwijk

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The World Cup is a chance to reflect on toxic masculinity

Like most Australian sports fans, I am nervously awaiting Saturday night when our national team goes up against the might of the French, hoping for a draw yet dreaming of a win.

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15 lesser-known gems to look out for in this World Cup

By Nachiket Shirolkar, 15 Jun 2018
15 lesser-known gems to look out for in this World Cup

FIFA World Cup is set to be kicked off tomorrow. The tournament will feature 736 players aiming to showcase their talent. While 23 among them will get their hands on the Jules Rinet trophy on 15th July, players will want to live every moment of this tournament.

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World Cup as good as a holiday for Australian football

Football’s showpiece in Russia looms as the perfect escape for a country still reeling from the shock loss of its one-time local messiah and a bloody administrative civil war.

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FIFA World Cup power rankings: Matchday 1

By Scott Pryde, 14 Jun 2018
FIFA World Cup power rankings: Matchday 1

The FIFA World Cup is finally here! After every matchday of the tournament, The Roar will be bringing you an updated power rankings, telling you who is in form, who is out of form and who is ready to win the greatest sporting event on Earth.

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The ‘other’ fans guide to the World Cup

For those of you only tangentially bitten by World Cup fever, the next four weeks should be renamed ‘be kind to your workmate’ month.

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Russian around: Why the World Cup isn’t to be missed

I can’t believe it’s been 44 years since I started watching World cups. In 1974 we watched on a black on white TV that had one button, a knob to change channels and a little dial for the volume. How technology has changed.

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The social importance of the World Cup

By Sebastian, 13 Jun 2018
The social importance of the World Cup

The eyes of the world will be focused on Russia this week as the football World Cup once again takes centre stage.

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Predicting the World Cup group stage

By Ben Talintyre, 13 Jun 2018
Predicting the World Cup group stage

All the action is only days away, with the opening match of the 2018 World Cup kicking off at 1am AEST Friday morning. This is the time where every ‘casual’ and ‘expert’ football critic believes they can break down the football World Cup and provide their predictions.

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Alternative ways to find a World Cup winner

By The Gurgler, 12 Jun 2018
Alternative ways to find a World Cup winner

If the 2010 World Cup taught us anything, it’s that you don’t necessarily have to be armed with an overload of facts to make bold, correct World Cup predictions. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut.

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Belgium vs Costa Rica: Pre-World Cup Friendly live scores, result

Match result Belgium have sent an ominous warning to the rest of the footballing world ahead of Russia 2018, demolishing Costa Rica 4-1.

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Can the Socceroos win the Unofficial Football World Championships?

Australia are as much as two games away from contesting the Unofficial Football World Championships.

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The great FIFA World Cup 0-0 tipping challenge

Everyone loves the Football World Cup, especially TV retailers, websites, and the die-hard football fans all around the world who have been waiting four years.

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What the Socceroos should look like against the French

Australia’s match against France is just a few days away. With the French among the favourites for the tournament, what can we expect from the Aussie side – and how will they line up?

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Does an unbeaten run suggest the Danes are the real deal?

While France are overrated ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, what about Australia’s other group rivals, Denmark?

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Austria vs Brazil: Pre-World Cup Friendly live scores, blog, highlights

Match result: Brazil have defeated Austria at the Ernst Happel Stadium 3-0 on Monday morning.

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France vs USA: Pre-World Cup Friendly live scores, blog

Match result: France have finished their world cup preparations with a somewhat underwhelming 1-all draw with an inspired and youthful team USA.

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Simon Kjaer

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France Euro 2016 Football

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Poland's Robert Lewandowski runs with the ball.

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FIFA World Cup Trophy

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Romelu Lukaku Football Belgium Euro 2016

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Aaron Mooy celebrates for the Socceroos

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Senegal's Sadio Mane looks on.

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IOC head Thomas Bach (left) meets with Russian president Vladimir Putin. (Image:

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