It seems like it was yesterday when Mario Götze scored the 1-0 for Germany against Argentina in the extra time of the final at the Maracana, but it has just been more than three years and another World Cup is about to be held. The bets made during the World Cups have been an important market, and with the constant increase of both television and other digital media audiences (tablets, smartphones), it is hoped that the upcoming World Cup will not be an exception. The official watch of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow already marks less than 30 days for June 14, the day when the ball will begin to roll and will not stop until July 15, when the new World Champion will be crowned. If you do not want to stay behind and bet on Russia 2018, you still have time to open a betting account via broker with the best Asian odds.
While Russia finishes the details of the organization and gives the final touch to the 12 stadiums that will host the event, FIFA puts all its chips into the VAR and the selections begin to close the roster of football players that will take to the different bunkers to give them free rein for the biggest dream that exists in football: to be the World Champion. Here, everything you need to know about the World Cup.
SETTING The event will be distributed to 12 stadiums in 11 cities: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Sochi, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad, Volgograd and Saransk. The security of these venues is top priority. This will be the first major sporting event during Vladimir Putin’s governing after the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, and they do not want to discard the opportunity to clean up the country’s sporting image. After the incidents that took place between fans of Spartak Moscow and Athletic Bilbao, alarms were raised about the dangerousness of the Russian ultras, but FIFA announced that they “fully trust” the Russian forces, and they also implemented the special identification mechanism (Fan ID) to end hooliganism.
SCHEDULE The opening match, where Russia will face Saudi Arabia at the Luzhnikí Stadium, will be played on June 14 at 18:00 in the local time of Moscow. The earliest matches will begin at 13:00 in local time, and the latest matches will be at 21:00 in local time. Keep in mind the time difference while placing your bets, and if you need help with predictions you can check all the trusted tipsters that we have available, so you do not miss any details.
MASCOT AND MATCH BALL The most distinctive emblems of the World Cup are usually two: The mascot and the ball. The mascot will be Zabivaka, whose name means “the one who scores”, and was chosen after an Internet vote in which more than 1,000,000 Russians participated, beating a tiger dressed in a space suit, a phoenix, a Siberian tiger, a bear and some more extravagant, like an extraterrestrial, among others.
As for the ball, it will be the Adidas Telstar 18, a ball that bears the same name with a few of its predecessors. The Telstar was used in the World Cup events of 1970 in Mexico and 1974 in Germany, although it will return with a much more modern design.
LIST OF PLAYERS May 14 was the deadline to submit a preliminary list of 35 players (in previous editions, it was 30 players) and then, the final roster of 23 summoned to represent each team in the World Cup will be released. That definitive list must be submitted before June 4. Changes due to injury can only be made up to 24 hours before the tournament starts, but providing a presentation of a medical report to FIFA.
It will be mandatory for teams to arrive in Russia at least five days before their first match, and they will only be able to use the hotels and designated training camps. The only exception will be the field surveys and the practices in the stadiums which are authorized and previously scheduled by the organization.
NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND NEW RULES One of the most significant announcements of the FIFA was the incorporation of video assistant referees (VAR) to the World Cup. The system, which has been tested in almost 1,000 professional soccer games in the last two years, will be used in four cases: to validate or invalidate a goal, to attribute a red card or not a, to grant a penalty or not, and to correct an error of identification of a sanctioned player. The use of the VAR seeks to reduce the error of the judges, and will make the games “more fair”. If you are one of those who enjoy betting live you will surely appreciate this new tool.
The other innovation is the use of an additional substitution in case of extension. That is, once the three substitutions are made, a quarter can be made in case the match goes overtime. This will only apply to round of 16 onwards, since the tied matches end in the reglamentary time in the group stage.
The technology of video arbitration will be added to the goal-line technology (GLT), the system that alerts the referee through a clock when the ball crosses the line, which has already made its successful debut at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
TOP TEAMS Germany, the current champion, is the top favorite with a fantastic generational turnover with players like Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich and Timo Werner, among others.
The injury of Neymar, who underwent surgery for a fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his right foot and also had to heal from an ankle injury, was one of the worst news for Brazil, the other top contender for the title. But now, the famous player is more than ready for the Wold Cup and also Brazil.
A step below appears the renewed Spain, currently under the command of Julen Lopetegui, and the Argentina of Sampaoli, plagued by doubts in the formation of the team but with Lionel Messi in one of his best time.
There are also young talents from France, England and Belgium, which are respectively Kylian Mbappé, Harry Kane and Eden Hazard. Three teams with brilliant players but not with the necessary maturity to hang the poster of the biggest aspirants to win the most prestigious trophy of all. If you want to bet on one of these teams, or all of them, you only need to contact a trusted agent, where you can select the best asian bookies, benefit from predictions from trustworthy tipsters and 24/7 support.