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The World Cup is Back

Aadi Lal, Sports Editor

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In June the most enjoyed sport in the world is returning to its biggest stage! The World Cup is back.  This is the most watched sporting event in the world as soccer is a worldwide sport and is enjoyed by people everywhere. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is set to commence on June 14, 2018 and after a thrilling round of qualification, the field is set.The 32-team international tournament will last 32 days, running until July 15.  64 matches will be played to find a champion.The World Cup will be taking place in Russia this year. Though there are some familiar faces that will not be competing in this year’s tournament.  Italy has failed to qualify for the world cup for the first time in 60 years.  Additionally, the U.S for the first time in 32 years will not be participating in the World Cup.

The favorite to win the World Cup is Germany with 9-2 odds to win and Brazil is right behind them with 5-1 odds to win. Now to look into the future as multiple headlines have developed. First FIFA has agreed to expand the World Cup to 48 teams instead of 32 this will take place after the 2018 World Cup. The U.S. has applied to host the 2026 World Cup and are the favorites to win the bid but President Trump’s travel ban may hinder the bid   

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