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India's football captain Sunil Chhetri will be part of both the English and Hindi panels and he would be joined by former captain Bhaichung Bhutia.

The 21st edition of the FIFA World Cup will see 32 nations go head to head across 11 cities in Russian Federation.

SPNI president sports and distribution business Rajesh Kaul said, "The telecast of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia will be done in six languages".

The football glory that all players will be hoping to achieve on Russian soil will be represented by Brazil's two-time FIFA World Cup champion Ronaldo. One of the major reasons for selection of India was that all their opponents during qualifying stage withdrew from the tournament. "The live studio show Football Extraaa and the breakfast show Kick-Off will enrich the die-hard football enthusiast's viewing experience of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia". India was placed in the pool III with Sweden, Italy and Paraguay.

"The world is seeing that Saudi Arabia's identity is slowly evolving and the World Cup only adds to all the efforts that the world is seeing from Saudi Arabia".

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A south American team has never won the World Cup in Europe, while Germany are aiming to be the first team since Brazil in 1962 to retain the trophy.

Where is it taking place, how many teams are playing and how does the tournament work? Sometimes it's Brazil and sometimes it's Argentina but I am biggest fan of India.

"We are drawn to machine learning models because they can sift through a large number of possible explanatory variables to produce more accurate forecasts than conventional alternatives", a group of strategists from Goldman's worldwide research team wrote in a client note. India's participation remained in confused state till the start of the tournament.

Friday's clash between the two Iberian nations in Sochi should be one of the highlight clashes of the group stage and is likely to determine who finishes top of Group B.

There is no clear reason as to why India did not participate in the 1950 World Cup. Still, the quest for qualifying for World Cup is on and India is eagerly waiting for their debut performance in the World Cup.