Whether you call it soccer, football, or fútbol, fans around the world can now celebrate, because it’s finally time for the 2018 FIFA World CupTM!

Everyone loves to cheer for their home country, but all eyes are on the 3 best players on the planet: Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior. Now entering the last stages of their careers, this is likely to be the last FIFA World CupTM for Messi and Ronaldo. Though they have faced each other a total of 35 times during club play, they’ve never played against one another in a World Cup final. Fans everywhere hope that this is the year the two living legends finally go head-to-head.

After suffering a foot injury in February, Neymar hasn’t played, and there were even early concerns that he may not make it to the World CupTM. But luckily for Brazilians everywhere, there is still a chance to avenge their 2014 home field defeat. Neymar appears to have made a full recovery, and is expected to come in well-rested and ready to play.

Fans are also focused on the host country Russia. This is the fourth official FIFA World CupTM for Russia, although they’ve been playing in the tournament since 1946, when players competed as members of the Soviet Union. The original Soviet team had their best performance in 1966, achieving a 4th place ranking. Since then, Russian national teams have been trying to achieve even greater success.

The outcomes are yet to be determined, but what we do know is that players on every team are ready to give it their all for pride and country. Fans around the globe are eager to cheer their teams to victory, and the absolute best of this beautiful game will be on display.

Check out the video below, and make sure to watch the 2018 FIFA World CupTM. Watch matches live or On Demand on FOX and FS1 (Ch. 219), starting Thursday, June 14th. Looking to take in all the action in 4K? The 2018 FIFA World CupTM is also available in stunning 4K HDR!

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1. Download it for free at: directv.com/download or search DIRECTV in your app store
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