The World Cup
By János Szabó
World Cup is a football competition, in which national teams contest as members of the sport’s global governing body. The championship has been organized every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930. This year, it is going to be held in Russia in 11 cities.
Is it worth watching?
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament. This is the most important event in football. After the tournament, discussions last for several months. So if you want to be up to date, skipping this event would be a huge mistake.
When and where it is going to be held?
Russia will play in the opening match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on 14 June against Saudi Arabia. The Luzhniki Stadium will also host the second semi-final on 11 July and the final on 15 July. The Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg will host the first semi-final on 10 July and the third place play-off on 14 July.
Who are the favorites?
Favorites of this World Cup – Germans, French, Brazilians and, to a lesser extent, Spaniards, Argentines and Belgians. One of the common participants of the World Cup, Italy, couldn’t pass the qualifying tournament, so instead of squadra azzurra we are going to observe the Swedish national team. Last year, Sweden lost one of its best players, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who retired from the national team. Nevertheless, they still managed to qualify for the World Cup and have a lot of young and unknown players.