The Final Draw for the FIFA World Cup 2018
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Thereís nothing bigger in the world of football than the World Cup. 2018 will see the 21st World Cup tournament, which is taking place in Russia. Interestingly, only 8 different nations have ever won the championship so far. Brazil has won a record of 5 times, with Germany and Italy following close behind with 4 titles each. The current champion is Germany, and it will be exciting to see if they manage to defend it.
How the World Cup Is Set Up
The World Cup qualification process has already been completed. Before each world cup, FIFA hosts a series of tournaments to decide which teams get to participate. There is a total of 32 teams, with talks of expanding that number to 48 in the future. The host qualifies automatically; the other teams must compete for the remaining 31 spots. Interestingly, the winner of the previous World Cup does not automatically qualify, but in this case, Germany is part of the roster for the original 32 nations.
At this point, the 32 competing teams are already in place. Now, itís time to decide which teams will compete against each other first. For the first round, the 32 teams are divided into 8 groups of 4. Within these groups, every nation must play 3 games and meet up with every other team once. These games donít have to be decisive, which means there could be a draw.
Depending on the outcome of the game, the teams are awarded points. There are 2 points for winning, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for losing. The two teams with the highest points move on to the next step of the World Cup. The World Cup will take place from June 14th through July 15th with a total of 64 matches in 11 different host cities in Russia.
Itís Time for the Final Draw
The outcome of the final draw has a lot to do with which team advances after that first round. To make it fair, the teams are sorted by their ranking according to FIFA. As the host, Russia will occupy the top position in Group A. The other 3 teams in Group A were added through the final draw. The other groups labeled B through H also had the first team in place while the other 3 teams were drawn. Here are the results from the drawing on December 1st:
Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, Korea Republic
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan
There were several top teams that didnít make it to the World Cup this time, including the United States, which hadnít missed a game since 1986. Chile, Cameroon, Netherlands, and Italy also failed to qualify. Cameroon only won one of their five qualifying games, although they have previously attended 7 of the last 9 World Cups. Both Italy and Holland had been relying on older players, some of who are now retiringófor example, Arjen Robben from Holland. This opens up the possibility for finding new teammates, who may turn things around for these teams.
Who Will Win?
This is where it gets exciting, because nobody knows ahead of time who will emerge victorious. There are always favorites, and there are many games with evenly matched teams. Finally, there are various options for betting on these matches, in addition to betting on the winner. For example, you can bet on which team scores the first goal, which team is ahead by half time, and which player scores. If youíre not familiar with the ins and outs of sports betting, you can use this detailed online guide to football bets to get started.
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