Welcome to our very first World Cup together! We have some unique and exciting plans lined up for this summers tournament, including some new World Cup stats, player profiles and much more. You'll be able to check out the full World Cup schedule, groups, performance stats as well as the H2H pages that you're used to seeing here on FootyStats.
Russia is the host for the 21st World Cup, with the first game kicking off on Thursday 4th June when the hosts entertain Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Russian football has seen better days, with the side going into the tournament as the 63rd best team, according to the Fifa World Rankings. Their opening opponents are 69th, an improvement for the country in the Middle East. You can view the full World Cup groups on this page, as well as the full World Cup schedule. Check back closer to the tournament to see the form of teams going into the World Cup.
The bookmakers are making Germany and Spain the early favourites for this World Cup and you can see why. Both sides are so comfortable with the way they play, they could easily play two or three sides and each player would slot into the system with no issues. There's a collection of sides, England, Belgium, Argentina to name a few who are in the middle of a transitional period or will be going into this competition with a new manager. Then there's Brazil, what can we expect from them?
Fans from Brazil will tell you that their hopes are pinned on the fitness of Neymar, who's currently nursing a fractured foot. However, we don't think that's the case. They _could_ have enough going forward should Willian, Gabriel Jesus, Roberto Firmino and Coutinho bring their A game to Russia.
It's a warm welcome to the World Cup to Iceland and Panama, who qualified for the first time in their history! Can Iceland create even more memories after their amazing run at Euro 2016? Panama go into this as 53rd in the world on the Fifa World Rankings and have been pitted against England, Belgium and Tunisia. Buena suerte!
Let's hope for a better tournament than Euro 2016, where there was a distinct lack of goals and attacking football, mainly thanks to the new group stage system. Thankfully, this time we have just two teams going through to the knock-out stages. Portugal, who were crowned Champions in France two years ago, progressed to the semi-finals without winning a single game. Can they employ the same rigid tactic again or will they be found out? Does Cristiano Ronaldo have another big tournament in him?
Stay tuned to FootyStats, where we'll be bringing you all the latest news, views, odds and stats for the World Cup. What's your World Cup prediction? We can't wait!