Google is celebrating the “official opening” of the FIFA World Cup 2018 with a doodle. The day marks the first day of the World Cup that is being held in Russia this year. The World Cup will take place over the next month where “men’s national teams” from 32 countries across the globe will compete against the other for the top spot. FIFA World Cup 2018 will be held at 12 venues in 11 cities in Russia.
According to a page detailing the significance of the doodle, 20 of the 32 competing teams will mark a repeat appearance while countries such as Iceland, and Panama will be competing for the first time in a World Cup. The World Cup will have 64 matches in total with the final set to take place at the Luzhniki Stadium in the Russian capital of Moscow on July 15, 2018. Talking about the doodle itself, Google pointed out that will be a series of doodles that will celebrate “the rich cultures and talent” of the 32 participating countries.
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The search giant will invite and feature guest artists from each of the 32 nations where each illustration by the artist is his/her “interpretation” of the question, “What football looks like in my country.” Moving back to the Google doodle posted today, it is a collage showing the diversity in the art styles of the 32 artists that will be making the doodles in coming days.
This doodle was made by Gluekit, and it shows a diversified crowd that is centered around a football goal post. One of the characters in the doodle is readying himself to take a penalty kick in his attempt to score a goal. It is likely that this entire scene is showcasing an informal street football scene as there are two goalkeepers trying near the goal post trying to stop the ball.