SOCCER WORLD CUP ARTICLES

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  • BookMaker.eu The best national team in the world a decade ago was Spain. La Roja ran roughshod over international opponents for five years, claiming the 2008 Euros, the 2010 World Cup, and the 2012 Euros in one of the most impressive runs we have ever seen in international competition. Spain’s Golden Generation lived up to the billing, and now they have reloaded after winning just two matches in their last two trips to the

  • BookMaker.eu The defending World Cup champions have the second-lowest odds to win the 2022 World Cup. France is the second favorite to win in Qatar behind Brazil, as Les Bleus have jumped England over the last few months. The French should have little trouble getting out of their group, and they figure to have a favorable matchup in the Round of 16. However, the last two times the French played in the World Cup Finals, they crashed out in the Group Stage at the following

    BookMaker.eu Now that the Lionesses have brought it home, it’s time for the Three Lions to do the same thing. That’s the sentiment many English football fans feel after England’s women’s national team won the European Championships for the first time this summer. The Lionesses bested Germany in the final at Wembley to send the home crowd of over 87,000 fans into cheers, becoming the first English senior team to win a major championship since the Three Lions won the 1966 World Cup at home. Now, Gareth Southga... 

  • BookMaker.eu To no one’s surprise, Brazil is the team to beat at the 2022 World Cup. Although Brazil has not won the World Cup since 2002, there is no country with more overall talent than the five-time champions. If Brazil was able to field a ‘B Team’ of the best players that didn’t make the 26-man roster in Qatar, that second squad would still be seen as one of the seven or eight best teams at this competition. Brazil has made it out of the Group Stage of every World Cup since 1966, and the Brazilians are expected to cruise to a Round of 16 berth in a group that includes Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon. We saw Brazil top a group that included Serbia, Switzerland, and Costa Rica at the 2018 World Cup, so there is a good amount of familiarity between these countries. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Group H is expected to be one of the easiest groups at the 2022 World Cup. Portugal was the lowest-ranked Pot 1 team other than hosts Qatar, and Ghana ended up being the lowest-ranked team to make this competition. South Korea was the second-lowest... 

  • BookMaker.eu The overall favorites to win the 2022 World Cup are five-time champions Brazil. The No. 1 ranked team by FIFA is usually the favorite in any international competition as the soccer-mad country of 200-million people has the most talent in the world. Brazil has made it out of the Group Stage of the World Cup in every tournament since 1966, but the Canarinho have not won th... 

  • BookMaker.eu Two of the three best teams from the 2018 World Cup in Russia have been placed in Group F. Both Belgium and Croatia were unable to knock off France in order to claim their first World Cup, and while they each still harbor World Cup aspirations, Bel... 

  • BookMaker.eu There’s no doubt that Group E is the Group of Death in the 2022 World Cup. Two of the last three World Cup champions are the favorites in this group by the soccer betting odds, and both Spain and Germany are among the short list of favorites in Qatar this year. It will be very difficult for either Japan or Costa Rica to make it to the knockout rounds, but Japan has made it to the... 

  • BookMaker.eu The defending World Cup champions are one of the favorites at the 2022 World Cup. France was dominant on its way to winning the World Cup in Russia, as Kylian Mbappe exploded on the scene. Les Bleus won every game during the knockout rounds in regulation, and they are hoping to repeat that run. However, they were stunned at the 2020 Euros, losing to Switzerland in penalt... 

  • BookMaker.eu Lionel Messi will have one more opportunity to win a World Cup for Argentina this fall. Messi is one of the greatest players in the history of soccer, winning a record seven Ballon d’Or awards as the best player in the world. However, he has been unable to lead his home country to a World Cup, as the best that Argentina has done with Messi is a runner-up finish at the 2014 World ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Will this be the year that England wipes away decades of failure on the international stage? Gareth Southgate has led the Three Lions to their most success in over five decades. England made it to the semifinals of the 2018 World Cup and the finals of the 2020 European Championships, so the country is extremely optimistic heading into this year’s World Cup in Qatar. The Three Lio... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Netherlands won the lottery by being placed into Group A. As a Pot 2 team, the Dutch could have been placed with another global juggernaut, but instead they were placed into the same group as hosts Qatar. That has led to The Flying Dutchmen being one of the biggest favorites by the soccer betting odds to win its group this fall, and there has been a lot of act... 

  • BookMaker.eu If you’re missing the World Cup right now, you aren’t alone. Millions of soccer fans are frustrated that the premier international event in sports has been pushed back to November because of the heat in Qatar. There won’t be any action until late in the fall, and the World Cup will have to contend with football, basketball, and hockey in the United States. That has some fans contemplating futures bets to get ahead of the game, and there is some value with the current soccer betting odds. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu One of the most exciting ways to bet on the World Cup Final is through prop bets. With prop bets, there is a mini game going on inside the context of the actual game, and that can liven up the action and keep you invested no matter what is happening. Croatia and France have both played very tactically for long stretches of matches, and that could lead to a bit of monotony and perhaps boredom for casual fans. Let’s take a look at some prop bets that will keep you involved in the action no matter what is going on. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Croatia has already made history, and now it is looking to turn the football world on its head. The Croatians have been the story of this World Cup, somehow eclipsing their incredible run back in 1998, with their first-ever appearance at the finals. To claim their place in immortality, they will have to knock off the toughest foe they have faced to this point though. France has looked very sharp as well throughout the World Cup, and it’s not a fluke that Les Bleus have reached this point. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu It’s safe to say that both Belgium and England were hoping to be playing a day later. However, neither country can be upset about making it to this point considering their lack of deep World Cup runs in recent history. A third-place finish would be the best result ever for Belgium, and it would be the second-best finish for England. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu England is looking to get to its second World Cup Final, and potentially claim its second victory, against Croatia on Wednesday. The Three Lions boast the player that is the favorite to win the Golden Boot in Harry Kane, and they have a bevy of other talented players that have made their mark in Russia. However, Croatia will be no pushover. The Croatians were a sneaky pick to win it all before the start of the tournament, and they are a side with nothing to lose at this point. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Belgium is looking to make it to the World Cup Final for the first time ever. The Red Devils were seen as one of the most talented teams in the world heading into this year’s World Cup, but the question was whether or not they could put it all together. They have certainly looked the part to this point, and now the small country believes that anything is possible after upsetting Brazil in the Quarterfinals to make it to just their second World Cup Semifinal ever. The only thing left between the Belgians and the World Cup Final now is France. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Croatia is looking to recreate its magical run at the 1998 World Cup. That team is still heralded as national heroes in Croatia, and this version is trying to follow in their footsteps. With this draw, they even have a decent chance of getting to the World Cup Final, which would send the country into euphoria. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu England is beginning to feel like this might be their World Cup. It had been 12 years since England last won a game in the knockout rounds, and emotions are high after the Three Lions knocked off Colombia. The English have been handed a dream draw and our favored to win their side of the bracket in order to make it to the final game. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu It’s easy to wonder whether or not Belgium is second-guessing itself right now. Coming into their final match of the Group Stage with England, the two countries were tied and both were incentivized to lose. Each nation had already qualified for the knockout rounds, and the loser would likely get a much easier bracket to the World Cup Final. Belgium ended up getting the win, but if they had lost they would have been favored to make it out of that side of the bracket following Spain’s stunning loss to Russia. Instead, they must face Brazil in the Quarterfinals and likely France in the Semifinals (if they make it past Brazil) in order to get there. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu For a country of just 3.5 million people, Uruguay has had some outsized success at the World Cup. Uruguay won the first World Cup back in 1930 and became the first country to win two World Cups with its second title in 1950. They have continued to impress over the years, grabbing fourth place in 2010, and are looking to make their sixth trip to the semifinals this year. However, France is standing in their way. Les Bleus are considered one of the favorites to win it all after an impressive win over Argentina and are odds-on favorites ahead of this match. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The last match of the Round of 16 has the potential to provide the spiciest drama. Colombia and England have some of the most passionate fans at the World Cup and both teams have their sights set on the Semifinals given their draw. Whichever team advances between these two will be a heavy favorite when they take on the winner of Sweden and Switzerland in the Quarterfinals. Each side has their sights set on a deep run and national glory, but only one can emerge out of this tilt. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Sweden is on cloud nine heading into their Round of 16 match-up with Switzerland. The Swedes have continued to upset the apple cart, with their performance leading to both the Netherlands and Italy missing out on the World Cup, and their win over Mexico knocking defending champions Germany out in the Group Stage. Now, the Swiss are looking to slay the giant killers and grab a spot in the World Cup Quarterfinals. This match has the lowest total of any of the Round of 16 games. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu If you only followed the pattern, you would have known that Japan was going to find a way to sneak into the knockout rounds. Japan has made it to each of the last six World Cups, and they have alternated Group Stage crash-outs without a win to their credit with appearances in the Round of 16. They had the longest odds in Group H, but they were able to make it out and now they are Asia’s only representative in the elimination rounds. If the pattern holds true to form, they will get ousted by Belgium in this match, but Japan will aim to change that little bit of history. ... 

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