Posted on May 10th, 2018
As the biggest sporting event of the year draws ever closer, 32 nations across the world are gearing up to watch their teams compete on the most impressive stage in the world, the World Cup. In 2010, Russia was announced as the host, with the official logo for the tournament unveiled in 2014, by cosmonauts at the International Space Station. It was then projected onto Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre live on television, to much fanfare from the nation’s fans.
The event makes history this year, as two competing nations are making their debut. Iceland and Panama step foot on the grandest stage of all for the first time ever, and after Iceland’s surprise performance in the 2016 UEFA Euro, who knows if this may be their year? After shocking the world and making it all the way to the knockout stages in the Euro 2016, they defeated England in the Round of 16, advancing to the quarter-finals, where they sadly lost to host nation France 5–2. However, despite their loss it clearly showed the nation they were meant for bigger things as they made it to the World Cup this year to show the world perhaps their success in the Euro wasn’t just a fluke.
England, one of the world’s oldest national football teams made it to the finals for their 16th consecutive World Cup, despite never winning since their infamous 1966 victory when they also acted as hosts for the tournament. Since then, the nation has only made it beyond the quarter finals once, when in 1990 they came fourth in the competition losing 2-1 to hosts Italy. However, they did earn a consolation prize in the form of the Fair Play award, having received no red cards throughout the tournament, and the lowest number of yellow cards per match on average.
To see if you’re truly a passionate sports fan, or simply just in it for the glory, we’ve teamed up with Betfair World Cup odds to find out how many of you really love the sport. Are you taking time off to watch the events? Perhaps you’re spending your hard earned cash on the latest team jersey? Maybe you’re even making the long trip to Russia to catch one of the 64 games available. Be sure to share it with your pals, and let us know what score you got! Best of luck readers!