England 'thugs' stopped from going to Russian Federation

FIFA announcement today of the winning bid for the 2026 games

However, the FIFA World Cup is always full of surprises and we could well see a surprise name make a deep run into the tournament.

This is Morocco's fifth time trying to get this golden chance, for the hosting rights to the football World Cup, calling it "the dream of a nation".

The former striker lead Brazil to achieve its last World Cup title in 2002 after defeating Germany 2-0 in the final game, with Ronaldo scoring both goals. Those numbers, if reached, will surpass previous World Cup records.

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) said this year's opening ceremony will have a "slightly different format", focusing on "musical acts and will take place much closer to kick-off".

Anyone who's watched the World Cup in the past though knows that anything can happen and no team is safe.

"I don't like it", Maradona, 57, said.

Spain (+600), which shockingly fired its manager on Tuesday, France (+650) and Argentina (+950) round out the favorites.

The Goldman Sachs AI forecast that France, Portugal, Germany and Brazil will reach the semi-finals of the tournament, which kicks off in Russian Federation on Thursday.

The first goalkeeper to win the Golden Ball, the 33-year-old played a huge role in ensuring Germany made the final in Yokohama.

Maradona, often considered one of the greatest football players in history, won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986 when the tournament was in Mexico.

All 32 teams are separated into eight groups. They have 23 potential stadiums that can swerve as venues, 17 of which are ready for the event while six will require renovations, which will be finished well before the tournament.

For more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top World Cup betting news check out the OddsShark FC podcast with Andrew Avery, Rob Trites, and Craig Cormier.

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