This will be the first World Cup ever to be held in Eastern Europe and the eleventh time that it has been held in Europe. All of the 12 stadium venues are located in 11 cities in the European Russia, in order to keep travel time manageable.
A total of 64 matches will be played in this tournament involving 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team. Of these teams, 20 already participated in the last tournament in 2014, while Iceland and Panama will both be making their first appearances at a FIFA World Cup. The final match will take place on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
Can Germany become the first team to defend their FIFA World Cup crown since Brazil’s back-to-back triumphs in 1958 and 1962 and earn the right to stitch a fifth star on their shirts? No other team has reached the semi-finals as often as them but, whenever you reach the last four, there are many factors that you can’t account for, particularly when you go toe-to-toe with other top sides. Despite Germany’s impressive record, France, Brazil and Spain are also clear favorites; as well as Argentina, which is considered the dark horses of the tournament.
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