Fans can also create an originalhighlight reelon Fox Sports website of favorite teams, fans or years.
In 1998, France both hosted and won the World Cup.
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Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0 in the opening match of the World Cup.(AP Photo/Victor Caivano)
Icelandhas captured the hearts of many soccer fans as this years Cinderella team. With about 330,000 inhabitants, the Nordic country is comfortably the smallest to ever qualify for the Cup. Two years ago, Iceland played in the European Championship for the first time and got to the quarterfinals, famously eliminating England along the way.
The U.S. team did not qualify for the World Cup. At No. 9, Chile is the highest-ranked team not playing at the World Cup. Other notable absentees are Italy and the Netherlands, traditional powerhouses who are also ranked inFIFAs top 20.
Fans react as Spains national soccer team arrives at Pashkovsky international airport in the town of Krasnodar, Russia, to compete in the World Cup.(AP Photo/Evgeny Reznik)
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From which teams have qualified for the tournament to who is favored to win, heres what you need to know about the 21st World Cup.
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Africa, the CAF organization, sends its five best teams to the World Cup, and the UEFA organization, which represents Europe, sends 13 — the highest number of the organizations. However, this year the UEFA has 14 teams qualifying for the World Cup as Russia is the host.
Winners of the inter-confederation playoff matchups are determined by an aggregate system of points scored. If a tie persists, the teams move to a penalty shootout.
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No country will supply as many coaches for the World Cup as Argentina. Five Argentine managers will be present in Russia: Jorge Sampaoli for Argentina, Jose Pekerman for Colombia, Ricardo Gareca for Peru, Hector Cuper for Egypt and Juan Antonio Pizzi for Saudi Arabia.
There was only one match on June 14, the first day of the World Cup:Russia vs. Saudi Arabia. Russia won 5-0.
There are 32 teams that qualified for the World Cup. And because Russia is hosting the tournament, its team automatically qualified, although it is the lowest-ranked participant.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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World Cup qualifications began in 2015, and by the end of 2017, teams knew whether they were heading to Russia or not.
If youre in Russia, make sure youre at the right stadium for matches you want to watch. There are12 venueshosting games.
There are 32 teams that qualified for the World Cup. And because Russia is hosting the tournament, its team automatically qualified, although it is the lowest-ranked participant.
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In all, 64 matches will be played in 11 different cities throughout Russia. This is the first time the World Cup is being held in Eastern Europe.
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Russia is the lowest-ranked team in the tournament. According to FIFAs monthly ratings, Russia dropped to No. 70, just below Saudi Arabia at 67.
The worlds biggest sports tournament will be broadcast in the U.S. on Fox Sports.
The 2018 World Cup kicks off on June 14, much to the anticipation of 32 teams,more than 700 players and a countless number of fans.
CONMEBOL, representing South America, sends its four best teams to the World Cup. The fifth-place team plays the winner of the OFC (Oceania) organizations tournament. The winner goes to the World Cup. Peru punched their ticket to Russia after defeating New Zealand.
In all, 64 matches will be played in 11 different and 12 venues throughout Russia.
The FIFA World Cup trophy is on display in Moscow.(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
The AFC organization, which includes Asia, sends its best four teams to the World Cup. The best three teams of the CONCACAF organization — which encompasses North America, Central Americaandthe Caribbean — also head to the World Cup. But the fourth-best CONCACAF team and the fifth-best AFC team play in a two-game playoff — the winner going to the World Cup. This qualification round, Australia beat Honduras in the inter-confederation playoff match.
Two years ago, Iceland played in the European Championship for the first time and got to the quarterfinals, famously eliminating England along the way.(Reuters/Hannibal Hanschke)
Germany won the last World Cup — which was hosted in Brazil — in 2014. Argentina was the runner-up. In 2010, Spain was the winner while the Netherlands came in second. The tournament was hosted in South Africa that year.
Brazil isfavored to winthe World Cup, but Germany is also a major contender.
The World Cup will be broadcast exclusively onFox Sports. Fans can watch live on FOX, FS1 and the Fox Sports app. Fox Sports website also includes a live television feature as well as highlights.