World Cup 2018 | 12 weeks to go - Reuters News Agency

World Cup 2018 | 12 weeks to go

Explore Reuters coverage and key stories for this year’s tournament through the lens of the number 12.

Mar 22, 2018

With just twelve weeks to go, the excitement and anticipation for the World Cup in Russia is heating up.

On the pitch, Brazil – the only team to win the World Cup five times – will be seeking redemption after their 7-1 home defeat by Germany in the quarter-finals four years ago. Both teams will again start among the favorites, while Lionel Messi, in his last finals appearance, will be desperate to cap his stellar career by pushing Argentina to go one step further after they lost to Germany in the 2014 final.

Off the pitch, the tournament will take place against a backdrop of international political tension.

From soccer and stadiums to celebrities and climate, Reuters on-the-ground teams of award-winning journalists, photographers and video crews will capture pivotal moments from every aspect of the games.

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In just 12 weeks, the first match between host Russia and Saudi Arabia will kick-off. To start the countdown we take a look at key stories and our coverage for this year’s tournament through the lens of the number 12.

Leading up to the World Cup

Denmark sits 12th in FIFA’s World Rankings at the time of writing. Today, Denmark face Panama in one of their international friendlies in preparation for the finals, meanwhile The Panamanians are gearing up for their first ever World Cup.

In the weeks leading up to the tournament, previews and reactions of selected friendlies involving the top World Cup teams in late May and early June will be made available to subscribers of our two-month World Cup package.

Customers will also have access to team profiles, including spot news on injuries, daily news conferences, and player interviews.

Real-time coverage from all venues

12 venues will host World Cup matches this summer from which we’ll have live coverage, including match previews, recaps, photos, and fan reaction video, from the opening match to the final.

Pictures and videos of pre-match training sessions, player and manager press conferences, and exclusive on-site interviews will be available to keep your audiences up to speed with tournament developments as they unfold.

Interactive and still graphics featuring tournament results, daily schedules, and venue maps will be available to enrich your coverage.

Our journalists will also be searching for compelling storylines throughout the tournament.  We will have multiple stories everyday as teams battle through the knockout stage to the finals, while capturing the magic of the cup both on and off the field.

An in-depth multimedia package from every aspect of the game will be delivered in a series of ready-to-publish articles, video packages, striking pictures and stat boxes. Putting your audience right at the heart of the action.

A treasure chest of archival content

12 years ago, Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup. Italy defeated France in the final match to claim their fourth title.  France’s Zinedine Zidane won the Golden Ball despite finishing as the runner-up. Italy will miss this year’s World Cup, but our archive of content which dates back to the first World Cup in Uruguay in 1930 also includes a certain headbutt from 2006’s Golden Ball winner.

We’ve designed a special two-month World Cup package exclusively for news outlets with a digital, multi-platform audience.

Power your World Cup content with articles, video packages and pictures that are ready-to-publish direct to your website and social media channels.