It’s World Cup week. Finally. The planet’s greatest sporting event, and a given quadrennium’s greatest month, kicks off on Thursday. And for that month, soccer will more or less have the sports world all to itself. Nations will shut down for days at a time. Public squares will fill. Wakeup and bed times will be adjusted.
And you, whether a casual sports fan or a diehard, will need to know when to call in sick to work; when to urge your favorite bar to open early; when to schedule family outings; when to run errands.
Yahoo Sports’ 2018 World Cup preview hub]
Very few people will watch every single game of a World Cup. There are 64 of them, after all. So we’ve put together a handy guide to the 2018 World Cup group stage. The following 1-48 ranking of the group games by watchability will help you decide which to mark on your calendar and which to skip.
Tier 1: Must-watch
Tier 2: If at all possible …
Group D preview]
Tier 3: Intrigue and first looks
Group F preview]
Group C preview]
Tier 4: Watch for one team, not the other
Group B preview]
Tier 5: If you’re not busy …
you should watch every Mexico game.
Tier 7: Nap time
2018 World Cup preview hub
• Ranking the top 100 players at the World Cup
• FC Yahoo Mixer: The Ronaldo vs. Messi debate
• A tactical guide to the 2018 World Cup
• All 32 team previews and 8 group previews