Every football fan is eagerly waiting for June 14, 2018. The opening clash would see Russia and Saudi Arabia in action. Undoubtedly, the Luzhniki stadium would be packed with fans of both the sides cheering up for the respective squads throughout the 90-minute play. Everyone is enthusiastic to watch the match immediately after the opening celebrations of the World Cup 2018.
Of course, both the teams will field the best performers who toil in bringing the laurels to the team and the country. The star players from Saudi Arabia include Osama Hawsawi and Nawaf Al Abed as a Defender. Though both the teams are placed at the same level, there is no doubt neither of them would equal the titans of the football game. However, this would not dampen the spirit and enthusiasm of the players, an audience of the stadium and those watching remotely on TV and other devices.
The experienced and popular players will make up the final team. The goalkeepers who are likely to be included would be among Waleed Abdullah, Mohammed Al Owais, Yasser Al-Mosalilem and Fawaz Al-Qami.
Some of the Defenders you will find on the field would be among Mansour Al-Harbi, Saeed Al-Mowalad, Yaser-Al-Shahrani, Osama Hawsawi, Motaz Hawsawi, besides Omar Hawsawi, Mohammed Jahfali and Hassan Muath Fallatah.
The final squad for the clash would be selected from Taiseer Al Jassam, Abdullah Al Khaibari, Salem Al-Dosari, Ahmed Al-Figi. The names also include Abdulmalik Al-Khaibri, Salman Al-Mogahwi, Yahya Al-Shehri, Abdufattah Asiri, Ibrahim Ghaleb, Mohammed Kanno and even Abdullah Otaif.
The Forward players could be shortlisted among Mohammed Al Kuwaykibi, Mohammed Al Sahlawi and Mohamad Aseri.
The fans of Saudi Arabia team also admit that there are some loose ends in their team. They need to tighten these deficiencies to take head on the rivals in the debut match of the season. The very experienced captain Igor Akirnfeev and other players have a morale boost since the team is playing on the home ground. This is a positive sign for the Russian team though the result might be at variance depending on the performance of a team.
The inability of Saudi Arabia team to qualify for 2010 and 2014 world cups kept the football fans in suspense, whether the Saudi Arabian team would reach 32-member qualifying teams. Though their entry into qualifying level was tricky and unexpected, we will have to wait and watch that the contribution by Juan Antonio Pizzi would make any dent in the Russian team.