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Google doodles to celebrate FIFA World Cup 2018

The 21st World Cup will witness 32 teams fighting out for the coveted trophy.

Football fans are in for a feast for the next one month with the FIFA World Cup 2018 beginning today. And what better way for Google to celebrate it than with doodles on the home page.

Google has decided to run a series based on the cultures of the 32 participating countries, featuring guest artists hailing from each nation.

“Today's Doodle collage, created by Gluekit, gives a special sneak peek at the diverse art to come by incorporating elements from the 32 unique guest-artist Doodles,” Google said in a blogpost.

The 21st World Cup will witness 32 teams fighting out for the coveted trophy.

Russia will be hosting the FIFA World Cup in Kaliningrad, Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg, Samara, Saransk, Sochi, Volgograd, Yaroslavl and Yekaterinburg. The matches will be held in 16 stadiums.

There will be eight groups, in which the top two teams will be qualified for the knock-out stages. The reigning champion, Germany, is in Group F along with Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.

The official mascot for the FIFA World Cup is Zabivaka — an anthropomorphic wolf dressed in the colours of Russian national team. The official match ball will be Telstar 18.

This year's World Cup is expected to be more colourful and noisy with the invasion of Iceland's Viking thunderclaps, which first made its appearance during Euro 2016. The debutants – Iceland and Panama – perhaps can weave a fairytale. Or the likes of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Mohamad Salah, who is expected to miss Egypt's first game against Uruguay, and Frenchman Antoine Griezmann – through sheer individual brilliance – can draw the neutrals to their side. (Read more)

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