As 32 nations head to Russia to compete for the biggest prize in international football, the world waits to watch the show unfold.
Business Insider Sub-Saharan Africa looked back to five of Africa's greatest moments in the tournament history:
Rashidi Yekini's goal was one of the most enduring goal celebrations ever seen at the World Cup.
The goal was Nigeria’s first ever goal at the World Cup finals against Bulgaria in 1994.
His phenomenal scoring record earned him the title of African Footballer of the Year in 1993, the first ever by a Nigerian.
Tshabalala's unforgettable opening goal at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The World Cup burst into life with a terrific goal for the home side and that most welcome of things, a memorable opening game.
Business Insider Sub-Saharan Africa remembers Cameroon’s Roger Milla, who scored four goals for Cameroon at the 1990 World Cup at the age of 38. Cameroon became the first African nation to qualify for a World Cup quarter-final.
After scoring the historic goal, Milla ran to the corner flag in celebration and summed up the continent's emotions by breaking into a dance. The Roger Milla dance was the talk of the century and his trademark.
Albert Roger Mooh Miller clocked 66 last month.
Oliseh's sizzling 25-yarder goal that killed the morale of Spain in 1998 is another exciting moment in Africa football.
Super Eagles great Sunday Oliseh recently described the goal against Spain at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France as one of the best moments in his life.
Oliseh scored Nigeria’s winner in a 3-2 against Spain in a group game of the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France.
Senegal opened the World Cup with an upset on the reigning champions, France.
Papa Bouba Diop scored, while on the ground, for a 1-0 Senegal win. France exited winless and goalless while Senegal reached the quarter-finals, losing to Turkey.