Another four years has passed and it’s time for the football World Cup once again! Last time it was, surprise surprise, the Germans celebrating and many anticipate the same old story this summer as well. But the other 31 national sides might disagree and it will not be a walk in the park even for the Germans. The biggest favorites include Brazil, France, Argentina and Spain, in addition to Germany of course. As a matter of fact, Brazil is currently favored with odds of around 4/1 | 5.0 | 20%. The Germans follow with just a tad greater odds, with Spain now the third most likely team to win it according to odds market. Before getting all worked up and predicting the winner of the football World Cup 2018, let’s have a look at the groups and Accuscore ’s simulations. Group A: Surprisingly one of the suddenly more interesting groups of the tournament include Uruguay, Russia, Egypt and Saudi-Arabia. The odd man out is obviously the latter, but otherwise it’s a … [Read more...] about World Cup insight – Accuscore’s tournament predictions
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1. This will be the 21st World Cup. 2. The first qualifier was played on March 12, 2015 between Timor-Leste (the national team of East Timor) and Mongolia. Timor-Leste won 5-1 on aggregate but the games were later awarded to Mongolia after it was revealed that Timor-Leste had fielded ineligible players. However, the decision took so long that Timor-Leste had already progressed, so Mongolia were not reinstated. Perhaps it was an omen… 3. This will be the penultimate World Cup with 32 nations. From 2026 onwards there will be 48 teams. 4. Iceland and Panama have qualified for their first ever World Cup. 5. One hit wonders. The list of teams to play one World Cup makes for great reading. It's a long one, but here are some of the nations not often heard of in world sport, let alone on its biggest stage: Wales, Jamaica, Cuba, Kuwait, Iraq, Indonesia, Haiti and Canada. 6. The distance between the easternmost (Kaliningrad) and westernmost (Ekaterinburg) host … [Read more...] about 100 things to know ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia
“I have a question!” exclaimed Edward Brown last week. “With Norwich needing a mighty 17-goal swing to avoid relegation in their final game (and results to go their way, of course), what has been the greatest escape by a club on the last day of the season thanks to a reverse of their goal difference? Surely no team has overcome anything more than a five-goal deficit on the final day to send another team down?” Norwich, you may have noticed, did not manage a 17-goal swing or, indeed, even a victory on the final day, so the Canaries will be playing Championship football next season. When it comes to the greatest deficits overturned, however, there are several notable instances and a few astonishing non-relegation-related final day turnarounds. First though to a final-day Houdini act from the Bundesliga in 1998-99. Here’s Rob Smyth in his Joy of Six: great escapes to explain: With four games to go, a deficit of four points seemingly made Frankfurt, er, dead … [Read more...] about The greatest final-day football turnarounds
“German football magazine 11Freunde asked for ‘two further football players beside the ever-present George Best’ to find on the cover of Oasis’s Definitely Maybe. I’m only able to spot Rodney Marsh – is there another?” asks Ulrich Stolze. This is the problem with MP3s: you can’t consult them when you need to answer obscure questions for weekly internet-based football columns. We did find the front cover, but despite studying it so hard that our visual acuity went down by 22.24%, we could only find the aforementioned Best and Marsh. Thankfully, Graham Randall prefers the tangible to the digital. “On the inside cover of the vinyl version, Liam is reading a newspaper,” says Graham. “On the back page is Leicester’s Steve Walsh celebrating his winner in the 1994 play-off final against Derby.” Walsh completes an unlikely trinity. There is a photograph of Best on the windowsill and another of Marsh by the … [Read more...] about Which football players appear on the cover of Definitely Maybe?
"Neither Spurs nor Fulham seem that excited about the prospect of Europa League football next season," writes Julius Scott. "If they qualify, do they have to play in it?" Short answer: No, with an if. Long answer: Yes, with a but. It's all a matter of the Uefa licence. In early spring clubs are invited by the FA to apply for a Uefa licence – essentially a piece of paper that confirms that a club's stadium is up to the job, that their finances are in order, that their vol-au-vents in the directors' box meet Uefa-approved standards, that sort of thing. In order to play in the Champions League or the Europa League clubs have to have a Uefa licence and the list of those who have applied and meet the criteria is sent off to Uefa in June. A club not wanting to participate in Europe the following season, for whatever reason, therefore has a very simple get-out – just don't apply for a licence. In that case, should a club without a licence qualify in the Champions League or Europa … [Read more...] about Do Tottenham and Fulham have to play in the Europa League?