In just a couple of days time the wait will be over and football's most prestigious football tournament the World Cup will kick off in Russian Federation.
Their hopes of hosting the 2026 edition were dashed last Wednesday, when Federation Internationale de Football Association members voted in favour of a joint bid by United States, Canada and Mexico at the 68th Federation Internationale de Football Association Congress in Moscow.
Only occurring every four years, the World Cup attracts an unmatched global viewership with over 3.2 billion tuning into the 2014 tournament-a number it is likely to eclipse this year. "The Mexicans come up against Brazil or Germany ... and 'boom, ' they're out".
Fox Sports has the exclusive broadcasting rights to this year's World Cup, meaning you can catch the matches on Fox, Fox Sports 1, FoxSports.com and via the Fox Sports GO app. Those numbers, if reached, will surpass previous World Cup records.
According to more than a million simulations of the tournament, the five-time winners are the favourites to lift the coveted trophy on July 15th.
Four years later, Pope Francis's native Argentina, led by Lionel Messi - who may be making his final appearance in a World Cup - are again one of the front-runners. The Germans are +475 to become the first repeat World Cup winners since Brazil in 1958 and 1962. However, due to the competition met in the early stages, Germany was seen to face strong opposition in the 16-team knockout phase and this is why Germany's chances to reach the quarter-finals are at 58 percent. Not to forget, the introduction of Goal-line technology in the World Cup was put to good use too.
All 32 teams are separated into eight groups. However, the French legend was also voted the best player at the tournament, scoring three goals in six games, including one in the final.
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