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World Cup 2018 Warm-Up Fixtures: Warm-Up Matches Schedule For FIFA World Cup 2018

World Cup 2018 Warm-Up Fixtures

FIFA World Cup gets underway on 14th June 2018 but all qualified teams will be played several Warm-up matches before the big event gets underway. Below is the full schedule of Warm up games scheduled before the world cup. Majority of the teams are playing as many as 3 warm up games starting from 28th May.

Many of the 23-man squads for the tournament will be confirmed in the coming weeks and the friendlies are an opportunity for managers to play around with squad selection, though some will be eager to preserve the fitness of their star players to avoid last-minute injury nightmares on the eve of the competition.

Fifa World Cup 2018 will be held this year in Russia. You can find the official match schedule for 2018 world cup matches from group matches to final announced. Some teams will seen in action before the world cup journey began. Warm-up schedules announced almost all of the team expect (Iran, South Korea and Colombia). All teams will play their warm-up matches during 27th May till 12th June. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Morocco will play their all matches in European countries. If there are any changes in the dates or any new warm-up matches schedule announced for the teams you will get full details here.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Warm Up Matches Full Schedule

5th June Russia vs Turkey 17:00 CET Moscow, Russia
28 May Saudi Arabia vs Italy 15:00 CET Switzerland
8 June Germany vs Saudi Arabia Leverkusen, Germany
26 May Egypt vs Kuwait Kuwait City, Kuwait
1st June Belgium vs Kuwait Milan, Italy
6 June Colombia vs Kuwait  Mordovia Arena, Saransk
7 June Uruguay vs Uzbekistan  Montevideo, Uruguay
28 May Portugal vs Tunisia  Braga, Portugal
2 June Belgium vs Portugal  Brussels, Belgium
7 June Portugal vs Algeria Portugal
3 June Spain vs Switzerland Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal
9 June Spain vs Tunisia Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar
4 June Morocco vs Slovakia Sion, Switzerland
9 June Estonia vs Morocco Tallinn, Estonia
28 May France vs Rep of Ireland Saint-Denis, France
1 June France vs Italy Nice, France
9 June France vs USA Décines-Charpieu, France
1 June Australia vs Czech Republic Sankt Pölten, Austria
9 June Hungary vs Australia  Budapest, Hungary
29 May Peru vs Scotland  Lima, Peru
3 June Saudi Arabia vs Peru Altach, Austria
9 June Sweden vs Peru  Gothenburg, Sweden
2 June Sweden vs Denmark  Stockholm, Sweden
9 June Denmark vs Mexico Denmark
4 June Argentina vs Ukraine Buenos Aires, Argentina
9 June Israel vs Argentina  Israel
2 June Iceland vs Norway  Reykjavík, Iceland
7 June Iceland vs Ghana Reykjavík, Iceland
3 June Croatia vs Brazil Liverpool, England
8 June Croatia vs Senegal  Osijek, Croatia
25 May Nigeria vs DR Congo  Abuja, Nigeria
2 June England vs Nigeria London, England
6 June Czech Republic vs Nigeria Austria
3 June Croatia vs Brazil  Liverpool, England
10 June Austria vs Brazil  Vienna, Austria
3 June Spain vs Switzerland  Estadio de la Cerámica, Villarreal
8 June Switzerland vs Japan  Cornaredo Stadium, Lugano
3 June Costa Rica vs Northern Ireland San José, Costa Rica
7 June England vs Costa Rica Leeds, England
11 June Belgium vs Costa Rica  Brussels, Belgium
2 June Austria vs Germany  Klagenfurt, Austria
28 May Mexico vs Wales Pasadena, United States
2 June Mexico vs Scotland Mexico City
9 June Denmark vs Mexico Denmark
2 June Sweden vs Denmark  Solna, Sweden
29 May Panama vs Northern Ireland  Panama City, Panama
6 June Norway vs Panama  Oslo, Norway
1 June Tunisia vs Turkey Sion, Switzerland
 8 June Poland vs Lithuania  Poznań, Poland
12 June Poland vs Chile Warsaw, Poland
31 May Luxembourg vs Senegal  Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
12 June Japan vs Paraguay Lausanne, Switzerland

England’s Warm-Up Friendlies

Date Fixture Time (BST) Venue
June 2 England vs Nigeria 5:15pm Wembley Stadium, London
June 7 England vs Costa Rica 8pm Wembley Stadium, London

With news of the 23-man England squad recently announced, manager Gareth Southgate will be able to prepare for his Group G opening fixtures by facing off against both Nigeria and Costa Rica at Wembley Stadium. Twelve days after facing Italy, Southgate’s side begin their World Cup campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd before facing Panama on June 24, with their final group stage game against Belgium on June 28 at Kaliningrad.

France’s warm-up friendlies

Date Fixture Time (BST) Venue
May 28 Republic of Ireland vs France 8pm Stade de France, Paris
June 6 France vs Italy 8pm Allianz Riviera, Nice
June 9 France vs U.S. National Team 8pm Groupama Stadium, Lyon

France will have a busy run-in to the World Cup with three friendlies against Ireland, Italy and the USMNT. Didier Deschamps still has yet to name his World Cup squad ahead of the June 4 deadline.

Brazil’s warm-up friendlies

Date Fixture Time (BST) Venue
June 3 Brazil vs Croatia 3pm Anfield, Liverpool
June 10 Brazil vs Austria 3pm Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna

Tite’s Brazil squad – led by a fit Neymar and Gabriel Jesus – face will face Croatia and Austria over the course of the week.

Germany’s warm-up friendlies

Date Fixture Time (BST) Venue
June 2 Austria vs Germany 8pm Worthersee Stadion, Klagenfurt
June 8 Germany vs Saudi Arabia 6:30pm BayArena, Leverkusen

Defending champions Germany will be keen on making the best start possible to retain their World Cup title. First facing Austria in Klagenfurt and Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen for their warm-up fixtures, their World Cup begins on June 17 with a Group F fixture against Mexico at Luzhniki Stadium. This will be followed by ties against Sweden on June 23 at Fisht Stadium and South Korea on June 27 at Kazan Arena.

Spain’s warm-up friendlies

Date Fixture Time (BST) Venue
June 3 Spain vs Switzerland 8pm El Madrigal, Villareal
June 9 Spain vs Tunisia 8pm Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar

World Cup 2010 and back-to-back European champions in 2008 and 2012 Spain – with a new-look squad that has yet to be confirmed – will be given a chance to exact revenge on Switzerland, who they lost to in the lead-up to their victorious campaign in South Africa.

Australia’s warm-up friendlies

Date Fixture Time (BST) Venue
June 1 Czech Republic vs Australia 12pm NV Arena, Lower Austria
June 9 Hungary vs Australia 4:30pm Groupama Arena, Budapest

Australia will gear for their World Cup campaign by playing friendly fixtures in Europe, allowing them to get used to the time zone for this summer. They kick-off their preparations for Russia against the Czech Republic in Lower Austria on June 1, and will then travel to Budapest to face Hungary. Their Group C fixtures open against France on June 16 at the Kazan Arena, followed by a second group stage game against Denmark on June 21 at Samara Arena and concluding with a clash against Peru on June 26 at Fisht Stadium.

Mexico’s warm-up friendlies

Date Fixture Time (BST) Venue
May 29 Mexico vs Wales 2am Rose Bowl, California
June 3 Mexico vs Scotland 1am Azteca Stadium, Mexico City
June 9 Denmark vs Mexico 8pm Brondby Stadium, Brondby

Mexico have an intense pre-World Cup schedule as they host both Wales and Scotland in California and the Azteca Stadium, which might be too late for UK viewers to follow – they take place well past midnight  – but will be the perfect opportunity for Mexico fans to show their team support before they head to Russia.

Belgium’s warm-up friendlies

Date Fixture Time (BST) Venue
June 2 Belgium vs Portugal 7:45pm King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
June 6 Belgium vs Egypt 7:45pm King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
June 11 Belgium vs Costa Rica 7:45pm King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels

Belgium are also another team who have an intense run-in to the World Cup as they play three fixtures, with the last coming just a week before their opening Group G game against Panama on June 18.

Their final friendly takes place on June 11 against Costa Rica before they face the likes of Panama, England and Tunisia in the Group G stages of the World Cup. The World Cup will begin on June 14.

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