Lotteries.com previews the Biggest Football Tournament in the World
After another four year wait, excitement is building around the globe as we get closer and closer to the start of the world’s biggest football tournament. The action begins on June 14.
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The Opening Ceremony
The party starts on June 14, two hours before the kickoff game between the host country Russia and Saudi Arabia, Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium be the site of around 500 dancers, gymnasts, and trampolinists performing in an extravaganza that will pay homage to all things Russian.
Already we know that opera singer Placido Domingo will perform and be joined by Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez. Robbie Williams will be featured too!
As is tradition, the home country will play in the opening match. Saudi Arabia will be Russia’s opponent.
This won’t be the first time that Luzhniki Stadium has found itself on the world stage. With a capacity of 81,000 it is the largest stadium in Russia. It was the main stadium for the 1980 Olympic Games and hosted the opening and closing ceremonies.
As far as football goes, Luzhniki has previously hosted the UEFA Cup Final in 1999 and UEFA Champions League Final in 2008.
During this year’s football tournament, there will be seven games in total played at Luzhniki. In addition to the opening match, there will be 3 other Group Stage games played at the venue.
On July 1, the Group B winner will play the Group A runner up during the round of 16. On July 11, one of the two semi-final games will be contested at Luzhniki.
And in the most anticipated game of the tournament, the Final match will take place on July 15 to determine the world champion.
So who will win it all?
Before the first ball is kicked, there is always optimism and hope for every team in the tournament. If the predictions by the “experts” always came true, there would be no reason to play the games.
Part of what makes watching these big events fun is seeing the upsets and surprise results.
With that being said, there are some countries with extremely high hopes to perform well all the way to the end. Here is a look at a few of the betting favourites.
Brazil – No team has won this tournament more than Brazil. And the expectation is that Brazil will again be named champion in Russia. Time will tell.
Germany – The defending champions are expected to make another deep run in 2018. In European qualifying, they won all 10 of their games scoring 43 goals along the way.
Spain – After a disappointing result in 2014, the 2010 tournament champions are looking to bounce back and it looks like they have the squad to do it. Don’t be surprised to see this team go far.
It’s fun to speculate, but it will be much more fun to watch it all play out.
Let the games begin!
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