Defenders: Russia - World Cup 2018 football story

Added 16 May 2018

Children's author Tom Palmer, author of popular football series including Foul Play and Football Academy, will be writing a daily story during the 2018 World Cup. The story is designed to be read aloud in the classroom or at home, and follows events on and off the pitch as they happen.

Defenders: Russia follows friends Seth and Nadiya, also known as The Defenders. Together, they solve problems. Ghostly problems. With Seth’s ability to see people from the past and Nadiya’s passion for history, they are the perfect team to take on anything. And that anything is about to kick off in Russia at the World Cup finals. 

The first chapter is available to download now,  intended for reading to children on the morning of Thursday 14 June, the day the World Cup begins. The remaining 23 chapters will be published before 7am on weekday mornings during the World Cup, beginning on 15 June .