WHO WILL BE THE WINNER? CAN YOU GUESS.......
Who will win the 2018 FIFA world cup it is not a new question. You must have heard this question every four years when FIFA announce the schedules of Soccer World Cup. If he or she is a Football fan or not, as this is not a new question. Experts have proved to be wrong as who will be the winner, as every year dark horse team arrives and it proves the prediction wrong. For Example in 1998 Senegal qualified for the first time in football world cup history and in league rounds play offs Senegal defeated France 1-0 as France was considered as the front runner for the 1998 world cup. The whole world was shocked and Senegal was considered to be the dark horse of 1998 world cup. But even after being defeated from Senegal France managed to win the world cup beating Brazil the former champion of 1994 world cup in the finals. France defeated Brazil 3-0 and lifted their first world cup ever. No one predicted France to be the winner. Brazil, Germany and Italy were considered as the front runner and predictions proven to be wrong.
Preparation in Russia
Now that 2018 football world cup is starting on 14th of June with the opening ceremony and the first match will be played between hosts Russia V/S Saudi Arabia on 15 June, expectations are high as earlier as who will win the world cup. Matches will be played in all over Russia over 12 different locations. Total 32 teams will be playing 64 matches and the final will be held on 15th July in Moscow. Russia won the bid to host the 2018 world cup in 2009 and from 2009 Russia was working hard to make the tournament successful. Russia is best known to organize such big tournaments and they successfully managed to arrange all preparations. FIFA committee was also satisfied with the preparation. 2018 world cup tickets are only available on FIFA website www.fifa.com to avoid black market selling and any third party individual. Recently FIFA announced that 1,25,000 tickets were sold at the first opening day. Once the ticket purchased the owner of the ticket is allowed to sale the ticket on FIFA website if the individual is not visiting the match venue. This conditions are well under FIFA management committee and a team of FIFA members is keeping an eye on the black market and every football country playing nation to avoid any further circumstances. The demand of France team jersey is in full shore and the shop keepers are in more demand before the start of the world cup. This means France is considered as the front runner for the word cup.
Zabivaka the Mascot
Who is the Front Runner for 2018 world cup
The former winner Germany can they manage to keep the title in 2018, this question will be answered on 15 July when the finals will be played. Total 32 teams are divided in 8 groups playing against each other and the top two teams from every group will qualify for the Round of 16. The round of 16 will be starting from 30th June and as the round progresses the tournament will be more interesting as from here the picture will be clear for the predictions. Round of 16 is also called as Knockout Stage. The mascot for the 2018 FIFA was selected as a WOLF dressed in Russian flag named as “Zabivaka” which means “to strike” in Russian language. Top teams, top players will have to showcase their skills to keep their winning performance. Top players like Lionel Messi from Argentina, Cristiano Ronaldo from Portugal, Neymar from Brazil, Luis Suarez from Uruguay will be competing each other and try to show case their skills as the whole world will be watching them on Television Sets. As these players are team members in English Premier League(EPL). These players are also familiar with weak and strong points of their opponents as EPL is played the year around and these players are considered to be good friends and not competitors, but when it comes to playing for their national team the all is set aside and individual tries to give 100% for their national team. As every player thinks of lifting the world cup before their retirement, as these memories are with them for their whole life. Football is also considered as one of the most viewed sports on Television sets. Countries like Germany, Italy, England where football is watched by 80% of their respective population.
Breakdown of Schedule
* Saudi Arabia
* Costa Rica
* South Korea
Stadiums and Venues
* Samara Arena – Seating Capacity – 45,000
* Nizhny Novgorod Stadium – Seating Capacity – 45,000
* Volgograd Arena – Seating Capacity – 45,000
* Ekaterinburg Arena – Seating Capacity – 50,000
* Saransk, Mordovia Arena – Seating Capacity – 44,000
* Rostov-on-Don, Rostov Arena – Seating Capacity – 45,000
* Kaliningrad Stadium – Seating Capacity – 35,000
* Kazan Arena – Seating Capacitgy – 45,000
* Moscow, Spartak Stadium – Seating Capacity – 45,000
* Sochi, Fisht Stadium – Seating Capacity – 45,000
* Saint Petersburg Stadium – Seating Capacity – 67,000
Please note: All numbers of seating capacity are included only for the world cup preparations, and not year round matches. Year round matches may differ with the world cup seating capacity.
* Luzhniki Stadium is the largest in Russia and can host around more than 80,000 crowd at a match.