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World Cup Open Thread: Russia v. Saudi Arabia

The 2018 World Cup begins today!

Previews - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images

For some reason, despite the fact that Italy did not qualify, FIFA still elected to hold the World Cup. I know, it doesn’t make much sense, right? But they already printed all the decorative napkins and key chains, so I suppose they had no choice but to hold the damn thing.

So, as much as we may hate it, the footballing world must marshall on without the Azzurri. bringing us to today’s action: the opening match in what was probably an illegitimately awarded World Cup— the first of two in a row! — Russia vs. Saudi Arabia.

We’ll be sure to pepper in the usual does of transfer rumors throughout the days and evenings of the World Cup, but for now feel free to discuss the match as you see fit.