FIFA World Cup Runners

From his lofty vantage point as expert pundit for Russia Today, Jose Mourinho has bestowed unto the world his predictions for the group stages of the upcoming World Cup. Despite, the large number of countries to participate, only eight of them have enjoyed the glory of actually winning it. Brazil are on the top with five (don't mention this to Brazilians right now, though), and Germany are next on the list with four, their most recent having been secured against Argentina on Sunday.

West Germany would again reach the final in 1986, and would this time they would lose to Diego Maradona and Argentina Of course, Maradona had already caused controversy due to the Hand of God goal, and had shown his genius with the second goal against England.

How they qualified: Group C winners in European qualifying, winning all 10 games and scoring 43 goals to boot. A Harry Kane hat-trick , along with a double from John Stones and wonder-strike courtesy of Jesse Lingard's right boot, handed England their biggest ever World Cup win, with the game ending 6-1.

It works pretty much like the NCAA tournament — 16 teams get cut down to 8, then 4, then 2 teams as each round progresses. The Hungarians, who played professional football, had beaten the Germans, who were all amateurs, 8-3 in the group stage, and finished the tournament with a plus 17 goal differential.

For that reason it would also make sense to include Messi's team-mate Gonzalo Higuain in your portfolio - he scored nine goals in qualifying yet is available at more than double Messi's odds to win the Golden Boot. Best World Cup moment: Ahn Jung-hwan's golden-goal winner against giants Italy in the last 16 in 2002.

They did find their scoring boots in qualifying and also in hobby recent friendlies so hopefully this time there'll at least be a goal for their fans to celebrate. Although the way things turned out, the final group game of the tournament acted as a final of sorts.

So while the $348 million share may seem like a ridiculous amount, that number is likely to grow ahead of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup finals are taking place over 64 matches, in 16 venues, across 13 cities - from Kaliningrad to Yekaterinburg.

Four years later, Uruguay declined to participate after many European teams declined to travel to Uruguay for the 1930 World Cup. 2018 World Cup is the first in history to witness matches in two different continents — Europe and Asia. Pre-war, Scotland hadn't played many matches against continental teams, but the record stood at two defeats in 15 games.

This is how predictions to win the World Cup 2018 have come about. Mario Gotze would score the winner with a brilliantly taken goal to give Germany a 1-0 victory and their fourth World Cup victory. Step up Tim Cahill, who netted twice in five minutes before an injury-time John Aloisi goal sealed a famous 3-1 win, in what was their first ever victory at the finals.

The 1950 World Cup featured the only time the tournament was decided by group play and points. There will be 13 European sides joining hosts Russia in next year's finals from nine qualifying groups. The two teams had met in 20 previous matches, with nine wins for Argentina, six wins for Germany and five draws.

The ‘Premier League derby', filled with the PL's finest players, could either be a dead rubber, or a grand final, as the third game in Group G with Panama and Tunisia, but whatever happens, Gareth Southgate and Roberto Martinez have to take the good with that bad.

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