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2018 FIFA World Cup

The football World Cup tournament, held by FIFA, is the world's most widely viewed sporting event and takes place every four years to determine the world champion. Over the course of a month, 32 national teams compete in 64 matches to win the claim of the best soccer team in the world.

As the World Cup 2018 is closer to us day by day, euphoria grows slowly. This is the first championship of the World to be played in Europe after 2006 and the World Cup in Germany. After the victory of Peru in the second game against New Zealand (2: 0), it was also the last and the 32nd participant of the upcoming World Championship in 2018 in Russia.

The 21st World Football Championship will be held in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018. The 2018 World Cup in Russia will have a total of 13 sites, 16 stadiums, of which thirteen will be brand new and other three which will be completely rebuilded.

The state of Russia invests more than $ 16.5 billion on this occasion for financing major infrastructure projects in the cities that will host these events: Kaliningrad, Moscow, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov on Don, Krasnodar, Yaroslavl Samara, St.Petersburg, Volgograd, Saransk, Sochi and Ekaterinburg. The final will be played in Moscow, at the "Luzhniki" stadium, and this is the list of stadiums where the games will be played:

Luzhniki Stadium – Moscow, Otkrytie Arena- Moscow, Zenit Arena - Sankt Peterburg, Kazan Arena – Kazanj, Cosmos Arena – Samara, Yubileyniy Stadium – Saransk, Levberdon Arena – Rostov, Fisht Olympic Stadium – Sochi ,Central Stadium – Yekaterinburg, Central Stadium – Volgograd, Strelka Stadium - Nizhniy Novgorod and Kaliningrad Stadium – Kaliningrad.

All 32 selections are arranged in four "hats", and a draw where we will find out all the groups will be held on December 1st. The teams are drawn into eight groups of four teams each at the beginning of the tournament. The top two teams in each group will advance to the second round group of 16 teams, which play in successive rounds to reach the finals.

Nevertheless, the world's largest bookmakers have "kicked out" the odds for each national team to win the title of the world champions. The main favorites are certainly Germany and Brazil, while in the "top five" there are France, Spain and Argentina. The smallest chance are given to the teams of Panama and Saudi Arabia with odds of 751.

The last World Cup in 2014 was the 20th World football championship held in Brazil. The title of the World champion was won for the fourth time by the national team of Germany, having won the Argentine national team. The third place was won by the Netherlands, which won the third place in the match against the host Brazil. The average attendance per game at the 2014 World Cup was over 53,000 fans! An astounding 3.2 billion people (almost half of the world’s population) tuned in to watch the 2014 World Cup. certainly these are very impressive figures, but they are rightfully expected to be overcome in Russia 2018.

Most titles so far have won Brazil-5,  Germany and Italy have 4 titles each but Italy didn’t qualify for World cup which is big suprise, Argentina and Uruguay have 2 titles each, and France, Spain and England have 1 title each.

It is difficult to distinguish one favorite in such a competition. In this World Cup, besides the favorites and the most powerful teams we have many small participating countries as well as the debutants. It’s set to be another fascinating and amazing tournament and there is always the possibility of history being re-written once again.

The odds on 2018 FIFA World Cup is in the menu to the left.