Build-up to the opening ceremony and the match | The Daily Star
06:43 PM, June 14, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 08:32 PM, June 14, 2018

Build-up to the opening ceremony and the match

No host nation has ever lost in their opening game of a World Cup tournament (W15 D6, including both Japan and Korea debuts in 2002). 


German team won the World Cup last term while residing in tiny, picturesque island off the Brazilian mainland and a spectacular view of lush jungle and sea inspiring them to the World Cup title.

Their tropical paradise has this time been replaced with a red-brick hotel block in the village of Vatutinki.

Reuters quoted Germany midfielder Tony Kroos as saying: “I think it’s OK. We can spend our time here with two, three activities that we can do. It is absolutely OK and the desire for vacation afterwards becomes even stronger.”


The football World Cup is a global event and it can be felt through images such as the one above where the priest is peforming a fire ritual to bring luck to Neymar and Brazil.

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