The Top Soccer Tournament in the World
The 2018 FIFA World Cup is an event like no other on the planet. It is an event which matters so much, to so many people and provides team and fans with the opportunity to come together and celebrate the beautiful game for just one month every four years.
Attending the World Cup
To attend a World Cup is something special, a moment in life which will never be forgotten. Perhaps even more so than ever before in 2018. The tournament will be played across the vast country of Russia, providing visiting fans with an eclectic mix of cities, cultures and people throughout the tournament.
Even people who have less interest in football are swept away by World Cup fever. They support their nation and cheer on their new-found heroes.
With a World Cup also comes the opportunity to visit places never dreamed of before and to meet like minded people under the umbrella of one great sporting event. Fans from Russia, Iceland, Panama, Japan and Senegal to name but a few will be at the tournament. Where else can you meet so many people from different countries, in one place?
The World Cup Teams
All the big names will be there too, including defending champions Germany, South American favourites Brazil and Argentina. Also the European powerhouses France and Spain are massive contenders. Add the likes of an exciting Senegal team from Africa and confident Japanese outfit from Asia and we have the makings of a tremendous tournament.
The World Cup produces more dramatic and memorable incidents than any other football competition. Whether it be a last-minute winner, a nerve racking penalty shoot-out or a pure moment of individual brilliance from a world class player, the World Cup is full of enduring moments.
Which team will lift the trophy?
Germany will be aiming to win their fifth World Cup in Russia. This would move them level with Brazil in the all-time rankings. The Brazilians themselves looked very impressive in qualifying, topping the notoriously difficult South American group with ease. Argentina led by Barcelona’s Lionel Messi will also be hoping to have a say in things.
Iceland and Panama will be making their first appearance at a World Cup. The former will set the record for being the smallest country in terms of population to play in the finals. Will they cause an upset and go deep in the tournament or will the favourites come to the fore?
The 2018 World Cup is going to be a truly epic sporting event and the trip of a lifetime for fans.
Fan ID Requiered
Every fan who is attending the 2018 World Cup in Russia will need to hold a Fan ID card in addition to a match ticket. It is the only way fans will be allowed to enter stadiums during the tournament.
Fan ID Benefits
Fans must apply for the Fan ID card after obtaining a ticket or receiving a ticket confirmation. The great thing about the Fan ID card is it allows all foreign supporters to enter Russia for the World Cup without the need to obtain a Visa. You can stay 10 days before the first match you are attending and 10 days after the last game.
Inter-city trains and public transport in the host cities is free on presentation of the Fan ID card and an official match ticket. So, while the Fan ID is compulsory, it does have some significant benefits to fans during the 2018 World Cup.
Will European Dominance Continue?
Only one nation outside the European federation has competed in the last three World Cup final matches. That country was Argentina in the 2014 World Cup, but they could not end the dominance enjoyed by Europe as Germany defeated them with a late goal.
Germany’s recent success
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Germany’s success followed World Cup wins for Spain in 2010 and Italy in 2006, meaning you must go back to the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea to find the last time a non-European country won the tournament.
The honour that year was Brazil’s, who were led to the trophy by the phenomenal performances of Ronaldo. The striker netted a phenomenal 8 times to land the Golden Boot award.
However, Germany have enjoyed a successful period in the lead up to the 2018 World Cup. They have qualified from their group with a 100% record and winning the Confederations Cup with what was essentially a reserve team.
France and Spain
The European challenge looks even stronger when you look at a French squad packed with superstars including; Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Hugo Lloris. Spain also has a powerful team including; Sergio Ramos, David De Gea, Andres Iniesta and David Silva. Both teams are more than capable of lifting the trophy in Russia.
The European challenge is going to be big again this year.
Brazil and Argentina
Outside of Europe, Brazil can call upon Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar in addition to Gabriel Jesus and Philippe Coutinho. Argentina can boast the huge talent of Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala.
Belguim the outside contenders
However, if you are looking for a potential outsider to back in the 2018 World Cup, then it’s back to Europe and a Belgian team including Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and Dries Mertens looks superb.
Belgium are not ranked alongside the other top nations mentioned above but if Roberto Martinez can gel the talent at his disposal into a well-oiled machine, expect to see the Belgian’s go deep in the tournament.
So why World Cup 2018?
The 2018 World Cup in Russia is sure to produce its own special memories for everyone involved. From the team which lifts the trophy, to the team which performs above expectation and those who are just happy to be there, it’s going to be a momentous occasion.
However, without the fans the World Cup would be nothing and thousands of supporters are set to invade Russia for a month between 14th June and 15th July for the time of their lives. Will you be there?