The favourites to win each group have been known from the very moment of the group stage draw’s completion. Yet, as the old adage goes, the beautiful game is played on grass, not paper. Though it is early days yet, there are still several potential shocks that could come to fruition. Egypt – wins by […]
Category: FIFA World Cup
The FIFA World Cup, often simply called the World Cup, is an international association football competition contested by the senior men’s national teams of the members of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is Germany, which won its fourth title at the 2014 tournament in Brazil.[caption id="attachment_3205" align="aligncenter" width="1600"] FIFA World Cup[/caption]
The current format of the competition involves a qualification phase, which currently takes place over the preceding three years, to determine which teams qualify for the tournament phase, which is often called the World Cup Finals. 32 teams, including the automatically qualifying host nation(s), compete in the tournament phase for the title at venues within the host nation(s) over a period of about a month.
The 20 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different national teams. Brazil have won five times, and they are the only team to have played in every tournament. The other World Cup winners are Germany and Italy, with four titles each; Argentina and inaugural winner Uruguay, with two titles each; and England, France and Spain, with one title each.
The World Cup is the most prestigious association football tournament in the world as well as the most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games; the cumulative audience of all matches of the 2006 FIFA World Cup was estimated to be 26.29 billion with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the final match, a ninth of the entire population of the planet.
The 2018 World Cup in Russia is around the corner, with national team coaches having released their 23-man squads for the tournament. Some managers had a provisional list of names that featured back-up players who would go on to be cut when the squad was trimmed to 23. There have been some high-profile omissions this […]
We’re now less than a month away from the finals of the world’s biggest football competition, which means squad announcements are coming thick and fast as managers decide on the final 23 players who make the cut. We’re also at the point where bookmakers are pricing up the favourites for the World Cup, so here […]
Joe Hart might be surplus to requirements at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola, but he is still a wanted man, with The Times reporting that Southampton and Wolverhampton Wanderers are both keen on the 31-year-old. It’s been a bad season for Hart, with the experienced goalkeeper left out of Gareth Southgate‘s England squad for the […]
There’s very little doubt in sports fans minds that the 2018 World Cup is shaping up to be one of the biggest events in football history, with Russia, the world’s biggest nation hosting it for the first time in the events 88 year history after being awarded the rights to host in 2010, automatically qualifying […]
England manager Gareth Southgate believes there are double standards at play with the media compounding fears over racism in Russia ahead of this summer’s World Cup. Racism is a major concern in Russia, something the media have spoken about at length to supporters travelling to the World Cup, but Southgate believes England still has a […]
Germany welcome Spain to the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf for Friday night’s international friendly. Joachim Low’s side are widely fancied to defend their crown at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, and their upcoming game against La Roja should give a fair reflection of their capabilities. Spain weren’t as impressive in the 2014 World Cup […]
England manager Gareth Southgate handed an international recall to Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere earlier today, while Burnley duo Nick Pope and James Tarkowski earned called up for the first time for friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy later this month. Swansea’s Alfie Mawson also earns a place in Southgate’s squad for the first time in his […]
Northern Ireland’s crucial double header with Switzerland may be the closest match to call in the World Cup play-offs. Michael O’Neill’s men have the fortress of Windsor Park and the Green and White Army on their side but this is a Swiss team which won nine of their ten qualification matches, losing out to Portugal […]