The FIFA World Cup is known as the most prestigious football (soccer) competition and it is been held on every 4 years. First ever tournament was hosted by Uruguay in 1930 and it has been followed by 19 more editions, with twelve years pause during World War II. Find the latest World Cup 2018 football predictions, match previews, betting tips, odds and bonuses
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FIFA World Cup through the years - History and Facts
The FIFA World Cup develops in the years and has initially started with 13 football national teams. In following years tournament made massive expansion and it has been hosted by various nations, on different continents, becoming the most popular and reputable football event worldwide.
Nowadays the FIFA World Cup format involves thirty-two (32) teams competing for the famous World Cup Trophy over a period of around one month. All teams
are spread among eight groups
, with four nations in each group, promoting best two of any group to the knockout stage, where teams play each other in one-off games. This means that winner qualifies to the next round and it can be decided after extra-time or even after penalty shootouts if necessary.
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World Cup 2018 Predictions, Previews, Betting Odds and Tips
We had some really exciting and spectacular World Cup back in the years but we must look forward to the upcoming 21st tournament in summer of 2018, when Russia will host the biggest ever football event for the very first time. Twelve different stadiums in 11 cities will welcome top 32 football nations in the world, including host nation Russia, 13 teams from UEFA (Europe), 5 teams from the CAF (Africa), 4 or 5 teams from CONMEBOL (South America), 4 or 5 teams from the AFC (Asia), 3 or 4 teams from CONCACAF (North, Central America and Caribbean) and 0 or 1 team from the OFC (Oceania).
Besides hosts Russia, all other 31 teams must deserve their position at the finals through different qualifiers. This makes the tournament even more wide, covering huge period of time and that's why we offer our very own section dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup and its different qualification zones.
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2018 World Cup Overview
Everything hints we will have another hot summer even in Russia where the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from 14 June, when "Luzhniki Stadium" in Moscow will stage the opening ceremony and match between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia later on, until 15 July, when the same venue will host the 2018 FIFA World Cup Final. The world's largest country was given the right to host the 21st FIFA World Cup after a final voting on 2nd December 2010 in Zurich. A majority of the twenty-two-member FIFA Executive Committee voted for Russia instead of Portugal/Spain and Belgium/Netherlands joint bids, which were second and third, respectively. The 2018 competition will be the first World Cup held in Europe since the one in Germany back in 2006.
All but one of the host cities are in European Russia, west of the Ural Mountains to keep travel time manageable. Russian capital Moscow is the only city that offers two stadiums, including the fully renovated "Luzhniki" that will host not only the opening fixture
but the 2018 FIFA World Cup final as well. The Luzhniki Stadium was chosen by UEFA to host the 2008 UEFA Champions League Final and was a lucky venue for English football. Most of you probably remember the dramatic penalty shootouts under the Moscow rain when Manchester United defeated Chelsea in the first all-English Champions League Final.
Host Cities and Stadiums (Stadium, city, capacity)
- Luzhniki Stadium - Moscow - 81,000
- Otkrytiye Arena - Moscow - 45,360
- Krestovsky Stadium - Saint Petersburg - 68,134
- Fisht Olympic Stadium - Sochi - 47,659
- Volgograd Arena - Volgograd - 45,568
- Kazan Arena - Kazan - 45,379
- Rostov Arena - Rostov-on-Don - 45,000
- Cosmos Arena - Samara - 44,918
- Nizhny Novgorod Stadium - Nizhny Novgorod - 44,899
- Mordovia Arena - Saransk - 44,442
- Central Stadium - Yekaterinburg - 35,696
- Kaliningrad Stadium - Kaliningrad - 35,212
32 Teams will take part in the 2018 World Cup but winner can be only one!
The final tournament involves 32 national teams, which consists of 31 nations determined through continental qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host nation Russia. Of the 32 teams, 20 will be making back-to-back appearances following the last tournament in 2014, including reigning champions Germany, while Panama and Iceland will both make their FIFA World Cup debut. A total of 64 matches will be played in 11 different cities. In addition to the glory and financial benefits, the 2018 FIFA World Cup winners will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup, if there will be such an event.
Fixtures and Schedule
The full schedule was published by FIFA on 24 July 2015 (without kick-off times, which were approved later). On 1 December 2017, following the final draw hosted by the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, six kick-off times were adjusted by FIFA.
Russia was placed in position A1 (Group A, position 1) in the group stage and will play in the opening match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 14 June against Saudi Arabia. That fixture meets the two lowest ranked teams of the tournament at the time of the final draw.
The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg will host the first semi-final on 10 July and the third place decider four days later - on 14 July. The Luzhniki Stadium will stage the second semi-final on 11 July and the 2018 World Cup final on 15 July.