World Cup 2018 Preview

A boy covered in a Russian flag watches the opening match of the 2018 soccer World Cup, between Russia and Saudi Arabia, in the fan zone in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018.
A boy covered in a Russian flag watches the opening match of the 2018 soccer World Cup, between Russia and Saudi Arabia, in the fan zone in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Vadim Ghirda / AP Photo
A boy covered in a Russian flag watches the opening match of the 2018 soccer World Cup, between Russia and Saudi Arabia, in the fan zone in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018.
A boy covered in a Russian flag watches the opening match of the 2018 soccer World Cup, between Russia and Saudi Arabia, in the fan zone in Yekaterinburg, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Vadim Ghirda / AP Photo

World Cup 2018 Preview

FIFA World Cup 2018 kicked off today in Russia with a match between the host team and Saudi Arabia. The USA National team failed to make the cut, but yesterday’s big news was the U.S., Canada and Mexico winning the bid to host the 2026 tournament. Worldview’s fútbol experts, Euan Hague, chair of DePaul’s Geography Department, freelance sports writer Dan Shalin, software engineer Pavel Yusmin, and Northwestern student Shaleila Louis, join us to discuss. They to set the scene, give predictions, and discuss the geopolitics and scandals surrounding the world’s largest sporting event, like the Russian government arresting protesting students and factory workers.