World Cup Betting
The FIFA World Cup is one of the most watched sporting events in the world. While not in as much demand in the United States, in some countries the World Cup is life or death. The World Cup is an international soccer competition between men's national teams. In most countries, apart from US, soccer is known as "football". The World Cup is played every four years, and has been awarding a winner since 1930. The only time there was no World Cup was in 1942 and 1946 due to World War 2. This year, the World Cup begins on June 11th and concludes July 11th. The Jules Rimet Trophy is awarded to the winner, named after former FIFA president Jules Rimet. The first televised World Cup was in 1954, and then in 2006 it was estimated that over 26 billion people watched the World Cup. 715 million were estimated to have watched the finals between Italy and France.
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Bet on the 2014 World Cup
World Cup qualifying has been underway all over the world for quite some time now as teams battle it out to earn a berth at the 2014 tournament in Brazil. The World Cup is generally regarded as the most popular sporting event on the planet, even surpassing the Olympics. There will be a type of dress rehearsal this summer as well when the 2013 Confederations Cup will also take place in Brazil from June 15 to June 30. This will feature some of the world's top teams such as the host nation, Spain, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Uruguay, Tahiti, and Nigeria. The eight-team tournament will take place in six different host cities.
Even though there have been some anxious moments in Brail regarding the World Cup, you can bet that it'll go on as scheduled. There have been some delays in the building and refurbishing of stadiums due to workers' strikes and bad weather, but when Thursday June 12, 2014 rolls around everything will be in place for the opening kickoff. The World Cup tournament will be held in 12 different cities and will feature the 32 nations that have earned a spot in the event through the qualifying process. This will be the second time the World Cup has been hosted in South America's biggest country. The 1950 event was also held in Brazil with Uruguay upsetting the host nation 2-1 in the final match in front of 200,000 fans. Four other nations have also hosted two World Cups, these are Germany, France, Italy, and Mexico.
This will be FIFA's 20th World Cup in and the first one in South America it was held in Argentina back in 1978. There will be 64 matches in the 2014 tournament starting with the group stage which will feature eight different groups of four teams each. There will then be a round of 16 knockout phase followed by the quarter-finals, semi-finals, third place match, and final. Brazil has won the World Cup a record five times, these victories came in 2002, 1994, 1970, 1968, and 1958. Being the host nation, they are automatically entered into the 2014 event while the other 31 teams must earn their spot, even reigning champions Spain…
We found a good review of all World Cup 2014 groups and teams at wcbetting.com.
Spain Champions in 2010:
The host cities are Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, Sao Paulo, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte, Porto Alegre, Salvador, Cuiabá, Curitiba, Natal, Manaus, and Recife. Some of the stadiums will be brand new and others will be rebuilt for the World Cup. The Final will take place Sunday July 13 at the famous Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
The 2014 World Cup will be the first one in history to use goal line technology to make sure the ball has crossed a goal line. There have been several controversial calls in the past where good goals weren't allowed and this has played havoc with bettors. The technology will also be tried out at this year's Confederations Cup.
There will be heavy security at the World Cup, making it a safe place for fans of all nations. This includes sophisticated facial recognition cameras that will can store millions of faces in a central computer. This system will be used to identify any troublemakers. It's expected that 45,000 security people will be employed during the football tournament to guarantee everything runs as smoothly as possible.
As for who will be joining Brazil in the World Cup we need to look at the current state of the qualifying groups. A total of 43 teams attempted to qualify from AFC (ASIA), 52 from CAF (Africa) 35 from CONCACAF (North and Central America), 10 from CONMEBOL (South America), 53 from UEFA (Europe), and 11 from OCEANIA (Australia and the Pacific). That's' a total of 203 teams. Many teams have already been eliminated, but nobody has clinched qualification by April 1.
Looking at the qualifying groups, there are several countries that are close to earning a berth at the World Cup, including Japan, Uzbekistan, South Korea, Ethiopia, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Congo, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, New Zealand, Italy, Germany, Holland. However, there are still several qualifying games to be played as well as playoff rounds and we could still see the likes of England, France, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Russia, Belgium, Switzerland, Croatia, and Nigeria make it.
Don't forget, you can also wager on all of the qualifying matches and groups. You can bet on individual matches, group standings and on which teams you think will qualify etc.
How To Bet On World Cup
Of course, you don't have to wait to see who actually qualifies for the World Cup in 2014 to lay down a bet. These are the current odds according to William Hill as of April 1, 2013 for the outright World Cup winner. You will also be able to wager on group winners and top goal scorers once the 32 entrants have been confirmed. And when the games themselves kickoff there will be many aspects of them to wager on such as full-time and half-time results, margin of victory, penalty kicks, red and yellow cards, time of goals, goal scorers, throw-ins, and corner kicks etc.
80/1 Ivory Coast
250/1 Czech Republic
250/1 New Zealand
250/1 South Korea
500/1 Republic of Ireland
500/1 South Africa
2000/1 Northern Ireland