2018 World Cup - Get Ready for The Biggest Football Tournament

Every 4 years, football fans focus their attention on the biggest and best of the international championships that see teams from across the globe compete for a coveted trophy. The 2018 World Cup will kick off on the 14th of June, and run until the 15th of July. Matches will be played in 12 venues, across 11 different cities in Russia, and the final will play out at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.

The Origins

The 2018 World Cup is considered to be the largest and most competitive sporting tournament in the world, and is an international competition between member teams of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association. Its origins date back to the late 1800’s, when the first international football tournament was held between Scotland and England. By 1908, it had become an official sport at the Olympics, and a fully independent tournament was being developed.

The first official World Cup took place in 1930, with Uruguay playing the role of the host country. A total of 13 teams participated, playing a total of 18 matches at 3 major venues. The finals saw Argentina take on the hosts, but it was Uruguay who triumphed, winning by 4 goals to 1.

4 years later in 1934, the second official edition was held in Italy. This time there were 16 teams that entered and a total of 17 matches played. The trend of the host nation winning was upheld yet again, when Italy defeated Czechoslovakia in the finals. Italy went on to win the next edition in 1938, becoming the first to hold multiple titles.

Most Successful Teams

During the years of the Second World War, the tournament was cancelled, and it only resumed again in 1950. Brazil played host in 1950, but failed to win, as Uruguay captured their second title. From 1950 onward, it has been held every 4 years without fail. The most recent edition was held in Brazil in 2014, where Germany netted their fourth title.

The most successful team in history is Brazil, with 5 titles to their name. Germany and Italy both have 4 trophies each, while Argentina and Uruguay have 2. England, France and Spain have 1 trophy apiece, while all the other teams have yet to win a Championship and are hoping that the 2018 World Cup might be their opportunity to do so.

The Tournament Structure

The build-up for the 2018 World Cup and every other edition begins 3 years in advance, when teams play a qualification phase determining which nations will be part of the 32 teams that will be compete in the tournament. The 32 teams are split into 8 randomly chosen groups of 4 teams each. During the group stage, they each play each other once, and the top-2 teams progress to the round of 16, the quarterfinals, the semi-finals and the finals.

What to Expect in 2018

There’s guaranteed to be plenty of action on the field this year. After losing out to Germany in the finals in 2014, Argentina will be back in action and looking to avenge loss. Despite placing fourth last time round, Brazil are the favourites, while Germany, Uruguay and Italy all have the potential to snatch the title.

Russia are the real underdogs in the tournament. If it weren’t for them hosting the event, they would not have qualified. Iceland makes their first appearance ever, and are also firmly in the underdog category. They lack the experience of many of the other teams but have plenty of talent in their side. Colombia is another team that could upset many of the topsides, and this is their second successive appearance after placing fifth in Brazil.

If you love football you’re in for a treat as there are 64 matches in the 2018 World Cup - that’s plenty to watch, and even more to enjoy your football betting!