Why attend the 2018 World Cup?
The World Cup is a rarity when it comes to sports. The event only takes place every four years, and when it does, it brings together the best football players in the world. A knockout competition to see just which country is the best, the World Cup is a time for nations to be proud of their past, present and future. Only 20 World Cup tournaments have taken place with just eight different countries being crowned champions. History will be made this year in Russia, and football fans can experience the game like never before when attending the tournament. Thirty-two teams from all over the globe will come together to play the month-long competition. Regardless if your nation's team is in Russia, the entire tournament will be a can't miss event this summer.
WORLD CUP STADIUMS
The 2018 World Cup will be played across 12 Russian cities. The amount of gorgeous destinations allows fans to not only see great football, but it also enables them to visit beautiful Russian cities. Moscow is the site of two World Cup stadiums. The Luzhniki Stadium and the Otkrytiye Arena will play host to teams in the Russian capital. The 81,000-seat Luzhniki will be the site of the World Cup Final thanks to it being the largest of the venues. St. Petersburg's Krestovsky Stadium will also host key matches. The home of Zenit St. Petersburg holds more than 64,000 football fans. Opened in 2017, the stadium took 10 years to build. It is a modern cathedral to the beautiful game, and a venue fans will love.
Games will also take place in the Russian cities of Kaliningrad, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Volgograd, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Sochi and Ekaterinburg. It is the stadium in Ekaterinburg that has received the most attention ahead of the competition. The Ekaterinburg Arena needed its capacity to be raised to 45,000 from its original 27,000. Design experts found a solution by building stands outside of the arena. The stadium's original end was removed and a new set of stands were built allowing the stadium to meet football governing body regulations. By attending a game in Ekaterinburg, you can be one of the few to say you witnessed a match at the amazing stadium.
WORLD CUP KEY MATCHES
Thirty-two teams will kick-off the World Cup group stages and only one team will be left standing on July 15. The group stages have already offered several attractive matches. Only two teams from each group can advance to the knockout round, and some of the world's biggest teams will be flying home after just three games in Russia. Group F could be considered a challenging 'Group of Death' at this year's event. Featuring Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea, Group F is a difficult set of matches to predict. Group E may be almost as challenging as Brazil will battle Costa Rica, Switzerland and Serbia. Of course, no match at the World Cup is ever easy, and good teams could find themselves packing their bags after a poor run of form.
WORLD CUP HISTORY
The first World Cup took place in 1930, and it saw Uruguay win the first of its two Jules Rimet Trophies. Uruguay will attempt to win its third World Cup in Russia, and the country could accomplish the feat behind the goal scoring ability of Luis Suarez.
Uruguay's great rival, Brazil, has won the most World Cup tournaments. The Brazilians have won the tournament five times, most recently winning it at South Korea-Japan 2002.
Four-time champions Germany come into the 2018 World Cup holding the Jules Rimet Trophy. The Germans defeated Lionel Messi's Argentina in the 2014 final. Germany is currently considered one of the best teams in the world, but the team will be tested from the start in Russia.
Only eight teams have ever won the World Cup. Brazil, Germany, Uruguay, Argentina, Italy, Spain, England and France are the only nations to ever lift the most prestigious trophy in world football. The 2018 tournament could see a new nation etch its name in history. The likes of Portugal, Colombia, Demark and Belgium are all teams that could rise to the occasion. However, the past winners have the experience, knowledge and skill to finish the 2018 World Cup on the winners' podium.
From Moscow to Kazan, St. Petersburg to Ekaterinburg, the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be like no other previous tournament. The excitement is building as the event only comes around every four years. Football fans shouldn't miss a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience it.
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