Going to the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia
Some costs, dates, and updates on the FIFA World Cup 2018 that you need to know.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 groups were just announced the other day. It was a much anticipated, yet bittersweet, moment. Highly anticipated by those who want to see how easy/tough their group is going to be (to get out of), and bittersweet if you are a huge fan of Italy, the Netherlands, the USA, Cameroon, or any other team that didn’t qualify for Russia. So, are you still watching?
The Netherlands are going to miss their second big consecutive tournament. They failed to qualify for EURO 2016 as well. Of course the Dutch team lost to Spain in 2010, but are always a tough team that usually have a chance of winning the World Cup. (They finished 3rd in 2014.)
The last time the USA men’s team missed the World Cup was in 1986.
Cameroon was another cause for sadness after 7 world cup appearances and the most successful team from Africa. Of course, only five group winners in the final round get through.
The host country, Russia, didn’t have to qualify and that is good for them as they may be one of the weaker teams in 2018.
Even so, this is a much anticipated World Cup (see qualifiers here: http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/world-cup-2018-qualifiers-qualified-teams-russia/1usqtikmujnfl1tnyihqyvvwlv) with Brazil and Germany being big favorites. While Germany is the defending champion, no team has repeated as world champion since Brazil, in 1958 and 1962.
Learn a bit more about the various teams here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2017/12/01/world-cup-2018-groups-guide-teams/.
Portugal, like the Italian team and the Netherlands, are getting older, but they still show they can win as the 2016 European Champions. They are also difficult to score against. Portugal is coming off their win at Euro 2016 and is currently ranked No. 3 in FIFA rankings while Spain (whom they face the second day of the World Cup in Sochi) is No. 6.
France, despite Les Bleus losing the 2006 World Cup final (to Italy in a penalty shootout), and losing to Germany in the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup, are also very strong and very hopeful this year. As is Spain.
So is there a “Group of Death” in 2018? Or will groups based on FIFA rankings going to balance things out? Is it Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria (Group D)? Iceland had a magical run at Euro 2016 and Croatia was on pace to win the whole thing before fizzling out. Nigeria also beat Argentina in a friendly. But Argentina will be up for the challenge. Is it Group B since Portugal must face Spain? France may have the best group in C. Am I overlooking England? Belgium? There is a lot of star power in Group G with both Belgium and England. They will face each other on June 28 in Kaliningrad.
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IF YOU GO
What you need to know:
FIFA World Cup 2018
Ticket sales resume December 5th, 2017 (tomorrow) – January 31st.
The second stage of phase two ticket sales is open from March 13 and ends on April 3, with tickets, once again, being allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. (See ticket prices in roubles, dollars and pounds here: http://www.goal.com/en-us/news/world-cup-tickets-prices-dates-sales-russia-2018/5q0orz2jcsar11hjo324qgk7a) Ticket prices apply to both adults and children, regardless of the age of a child.
June 14-July 15, 2018
Cities hosting games:
• Saint Petersburg
• Nizhny Novgorod
Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow will be used for the opening match, a semi-final and the final.
Some idea of costs in Moscow:
|Number||Current Cost per|
|World Cup tickets||3||$435.00|
|Breakfast in Moscow||2||$14.54|
|Lunch in Moscow||2||$14.54|
|Dinner in Moscow||2||$68.32|
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So when I mentioned favorite teams to win the World Cup, I left out BRAZIL! What?! They are equally favored along with Germany, but I was just not thinking too clearly after seeing the groups released for the first time! That’s what happens when you don’t have a script and just speak off the top of your head! Apologies to our Brazilian fans!