World Cup 2018 Interesting Facts
The World Cup 2018 gets underway on June 14 in Moscow and here at BettingTop10, we cannot wait for kick-off. It’s set to be a jam-packed schedule, featuring some of the best teams and players in the world. The first tournament featured just 13 teams in 1930, with every single match played in the capital Montevideo, however, the World Cup 2018 will be played across 11 different cities, potentially causing a busy schedule, complete with large commutes between venues for travelling soccer fans.
Many Australian bookmakers and online betting companies have already priced up the outright betting odds for the tournament with more markets likely to follow. Early betting tips and predictions suggest the favourites in the market will be hard to stop, with Germany and Brazil fancied to battle it out in the final on July 15 in Moscow. The World Cup 2018 is just the second tournament to feature goal-line technology after the initiative made its debut in Brazil during the 2014 tournament.
Interesting Facts about the World Cup
Teams from just two continents have been victorious at the tournament, with sides from both Europe and South America sharing out the success. All but two of the finals have featured at least one European team. Brazil have won the event five times and are the only ever-present in the tournament. The side who sit top of the FIFA rankings have already secured their qualification for World Cup 2018.
Almost half of the world’s population tuned in to watch the World Cup in 2014, with 3.2 billion people taking time out of their busy schedule to follow all of the action from Brazil. That’s around 46% of the population. The World Cup 2014 was also the most expensive tournament to date, costing around $14.5 billion USD ($18.31 billion AUD) to stage. The tournament in Russia is likely to cost similar.
In 1986, FIFA prohibited shirt swapping following the games as they didn’t want bare chests on show. This ban was lifted following the tournament.
The Jules Rimet Trophy will be on offer to the winner of the World Cup 2018 once again but prior to England’s 1966 success, it went missing! Thieves managed to pinch the prestigious item and it appeared mysteriously in a bush having been found by a dog called Pickles. The mystery still remains largely unexplained.
Australia have come through the qualifiers four times and victories in their final two games (at the end of August/start of September 2017) will see them compete in their fifth tournament. They are currently 45th in the latest rankings. In their first appearance in 1974, they were a team entirely made up of amateur players but they still managed a 0-0 with Chile. They’ve reached the round of 16 once, that was back in 2006.
Interesting Facts about Players at the Tournament
With such a hectic schedule over the course of four weeks, it can be tough for the players to find form, especially off the back a tough European season. This was never a problem for the tournament’s top goalscorer Miroslav Klose, who broke the all-time scoring record during the 2014 World Cup shortly before announcing his retirement. Klose notched 16 times during his many games at the tournament, breaking Ronaldo’s record in the process. He scored five times at both the 2002 and 2006 tournaments.
He didn’t come close to beating Just Fontaine’s record of 13 goals in a single tournament. France didn’t make it to the final of the 1958 tournament but Fontaine still managed to shine throughout the 1958 event. It’s unlikely that any players at the World Cup 2018 will break this record.
Tim Cahill is the highest scoring Australian player at the tournament with five goals in total, including two strikes at the 2006 and 2014 tournaments.
Roger Milla remains the oldest player ever to score at the World Cup finals having found the net at the tender age of 42. Milla wasn’t originally scheduled to feature in the tournament as he has retired from football but the president of Cameroon insisted and he came off the bench to secure his side a precious goal. He also remains Cameroon’s highest ever goalscorer at the tournament with five goals in total.
We cannot wait for the World Cup 2018 to get underway and we’ll bring you all the latest news and betting odds, offers and tips in the build-up to the event.