World Cup 2018 - Day 1 Google Doodle

Google Doodle - Football World Cup 2018 - FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia

Today marks the official opening of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia! Over the next month, players from the men's national teams of 32 countries will compete for top rank across 12 venues in 11 cities around the country. 

While 20 of the 32 teams will be making repeat appearances at the tournament – including defending champs Germany – it's also a first for some, including Iceland and Panama. With a total of 64 matches (and plenty of GOOOALS!), the games will culminate at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15. 

This year's Doodle series will celebrate the rich cultures and talent of all 32 participating countries by featuring guest artists hailing from each nation! Tune in to catch all 32 Doodles throughout the games, each illustrating the artist's interpretation of "What ⚽ looks like in my country."

Today's Doodle collage, created by Gluekit, gives a special sneak peek at the diverse art to come by incorporating elements from the 32 unique guest-artist Doodles.

Best of luck to all the contenders & let the matches begin!

Illustrations by:

Argentina – Gaston Pacheco

Australia – Helen Li

Belgium – Sam Vanallemeersch

Brazil – Pedro Vergani

Colombia – Diego Cadena Bejarano

Costa Rica – Elizabeth Argüello

Croatia – Vedran Klemens

Denmark – Rune Fisker

Egypt – Shennawy

England – Celyn Brazier

France – Helene Leroux

Germany – Sua Balac

Iceland – Siggi Eggertsson

Iran – Rashin Kheiriyeh

Japan – Shinji Tsuchimochi

Mexico – Valeria Alvarez

Morocco – Annassi Mehdi

Nigeria – Yinfaowei Harrison and Ifesinachi Orjiekwe

Panama – Juan Tang Hon

Peru – Andrea Galecio

Poland – Świętosław "Slawek" Fedorczuk

Portugal – Tiago Galo

Russia – Arina Shabanova

Saudi Arabia – Otman Denye

Senegal – Reverse Pamplemus

Serbia – Bratislav Milenkovic

South Korea – Subin Yang

Spain – Andrés Lozano

Sweden – Linnea Sterte

Switzerland – Chragi Frei

Tunisia – Noha Habaibe

Uruguay – Macarena Campos