Updated: May 2018
The 21st FIFA World Cup is almost upon us, a quadrennial international football tournament where the men's national teams making up the member associations of FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) battle it out for glory, and the ultimate prize - the World Cup Trophy.
On 2nd December 2010, Russia scored the rights to host this momentous sporting event for 2018 which will take place from 14 June to 15 July 2018. It's the first World Cup to be held in Europe since 2006, where it was held in Germany. It's also the first ever tournament to be held in Eastern Europe. Travel time will be kept at manageable levels as all stadium venues are in European Russia.
During the final tournament phase, 32 national teams will test their mettle against each other through qualifying matches. There will be 20 teams making back to back appearances, which includes the reigning champion, Germany, as well as the Panama and Iceland teams finally joining the fray for the first time.
A total of 64 grueling contests will be held over 12 venues in 11 different cities, with the final decider World Cup match being held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Russia, positioned in the A1 group stage, will kick things off at the opening match, also held at Luzhniki Stadium, and will face off against Saudi Arabia. During the final draw, these two teams were the lowest ranked.
On the 11th of July, Luzhniki Stadium will also play host to the second semi-final, and the third-place playoff on 14th of July. The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg will be where fans can witness the first semi-final of the tournament on 10th July, and the third-place playoff on 14th of July, with the top two teams advancing to round 16 in a round-robin system.
Word Cup 2018 Official TV Broadcasters
With the help of several companies, FIFA has managed to trade broadcasting rights to several broadcasters around the globe. Fox FS1 is one successful bidder with the others being:
* Argentinian based DirecTV
* SporTV in Brazil, Globo
* France's beIN Sports
* Germany's ARD
* United Kingdom's BBC
* United State's FOX
* Sony Pictures Network in India
The cities hosting this year's World Cup tournament include:
* Saint Petersburg
* Nizhny Novgorod
We are now just a little less than one month away from the start of 2018's World Cup FIFA event, which is being hosted by Russia this year. It's not far away, and excitement is starting to build. With all the chatter going on it's time to start laying down your bets for who you think has what it takes to make it to the final round and go home with the trophy.
With that said let's have a look at who has been creating the most movement with the best odds to win in the World Cup Markets over the last month.
Germany is remaining true to their previous form with a perfect 10-0-0 record for the qualifying matches and outscoring their opponents by an astonishing 43-4. Germany will be going to Russia with a good chance at being the first team to win back-to-back World Cup tournaments in the last 50 years.
The defending champions are busting through the charts at the Sportsbooks which are monitored by OddsShark.com, with a +450 on the odds for a 2018 World Cup win.
They scored a favorable draw in Group F, which includes Sweden sitting at +550, Mexico at +450 to win the group, South Korea on +1200, and Germany at -335 as the favorite to win in its group, move on to the final contest, and come away with the prize.
It's been a few years since we witnessed a country winning back-to-back tournaments, with Brazil claiming that accolade way back in 1958 and 1962. The story has been a little different for Brazil since those glory days. From 1994 to 2002 they managed to make it into three final tournaments, but in the last three, they have failed to appear in the top two. Will this year prove to be the end of Brazil's losing streak? Brazil is currently sitting at +500.
Argentina (currently +800 for the win) has had even less success than Brazil, with their last World Cup win taking place in 1986. The runners-up for 2014 should be making their presence felt again this year, but the teams making up Group D should present some fierce competition.
Argentina, at -200 for a win, are favorites to triumph over teams with solid past performances such as Croatia (=+200), Iceland (+1000), and Nigeria (+900). Nigeria managed to trump Argentina 4-2 in November's friendly match last year.
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