Perhaps unsurprisingly, simulations indicate no country has higher odds of winning the tournament than current champions Germany, leading the table with a likelihood of 24 percent. Qualified nations: Russia (hosts), Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Uruguay.
France's goalkeeper won the inaugural Yashin Award, letting in only two goals, and eight French players scored in the tournament. 1982 - SPAIN - 24 TEAMS - 52 MATCHES: The first major increase of participants delivered another change to the schedule. In the final, Hungary stormed out to a 2-0 lead, Germany answered to tie it up and then scored the match winner in the 84th minute.
In the 20 World Cups played from 1930 - 2014 the host nation has won six times, most recently France (1998). This puts Vladimir Petkovic's side in ninth position when it comes to winning the FIFA World Cup 2018external link , which kicks off in Moscow on Thursday.
Having gone a goal down to Mexico, Tunisia rallied in the second half to win 3-1 in Argentina. Indeed the winning goal was a penalty, scored by Andres Brehme in the 85th minute. Star man: Sardar Azmoun - The 23-year-old plays his club football at Rubin Kazan, and is scoring at a fantastic rate for Iran - 22 goals in 30 games as of March 2018.
Another World Cup, another appearance in the third-place game for Brazil. Uruguay looks to be an intriguing betting option as they are still hovering around the same price as when odds to win the World Cup hit the board some time ago. The host nation's team, Russia in 2018, is automatically qualified to compete.
These include the Golden Ball for the tournament's best player; the Golden Boot for the top World Cup goal-scorer; and the Golden Glove Award for the best goalkeeper of the World Cup tournament. A skilful and attack-minded team they performed with great credit in last year's Confederations Cup in Brazil, showing they can cope with the conditions, and are likely to cause problems for all of their group opponents.
Winning the 2018 final, against a strong England Team, meant that we had put together a consecutive run over two years of 11 matches in this tournament undefeated, I would think a unique record for a Scottish Squad at any level. The Indomitable Lions have won just one game at the World Cup finals since their memorable run to the quarters in 1990 and face a tough battle for second place behind Brazil.
With six matches taking place in every group, there will be lots of opportunities for World Cup betting and bwin will have every match covered. Some surprising, some funny, some record-smashing — here's a list of fun facts about the impending FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia that you should definitely know about.
In some parts of the world, Juju witchdoctors have been known to try and influence football matches with a bocio - a type of blocked-up Lathe whistle that is designed to make refereeing decisions go their team's way. Here's a look at how much prize money each participating team stands to win at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Head coach José Pékerman has World Cup history as he helped steer Argentina to the quarterfinals of the 2006 World Cup so the leadership and experience is certainly there to guide this team to another deep run. How they qualified: Group E winners in African qualifying with a game to spare.
Best World Cup moment: Saudi Arabia may have lost 2-1 to the Netherlands in the 1994 group stages, but Fuad Anwar handed them a shock lead after 18 minutes in their first ever World Cup game - second-half goals from Wim Jonk and Gaston Taument turned the game on its head.