It is warm and sunny, if a little cloudy, in Moscow this morning as the hours tick down until kick-off at the Luzhniki Stadium later today.
The last few days have seen fans of all nations slowly start to gather in the area around Red Square.
The atmosphere has been friendly and noisy, if not exactly feverish, about the start of the tournament. Fans look more curious about their unfamiliar surroundings than anything else, plenty of them sporting (probably fake) fur Soviet-style hats.
The main focus here over the past few days has been the Russia Day celebrations, which culminated in a firework displays of earth-shaking ferocity last night.