Now when the European Championship and Copa America have concluded we can start to look forward to the next major international tournament – the world cup in 2018. Portugal won the European Championship and Chile won Copa America, but neither of these teams are close to be favorites to win the upcoming world cup. Portugal, with a team who only won one game in full time, got a lot of criticism for playing very defensive and for having a boring playing style, yet efficiently enough to win the tournament.
FIFA’s decision to name Russia as the host of 2018 World Cup, and therefore automatically qualified for the tournament, surprised many, but so did the performance of the Russian team during the European Championship. There is definitely a lot to improve, both for the players on the field and for the fans inside and outside the arena.
Current world champions, Germany, are at the moment seen to be favorites followed by Spain, Argentina and Brazil. However, the Brazilian team was struggling to find their game during Copa America and Lionel Messi, by many held as the best football player in the world, has announced that he has played his last game for the national team of Argentina. Many had though that Spain would be one of the top teams during the Euro 2016 but they never really managed to pull their game together and were sent home by Italy in the 16th round.
Belgium, currently ranked as number two on FIFA’s men’s ranking, did not meet their fans expectations during the European Championship, nor did England when they sensationally lost against Iceland in what the infamous English newspapers called “one of the greatest humiliations in their history”.
Betting odds on world cup winners 2018
William Hill, one of the biggest online betting companies in the world, has seven out of ten European teams listed as top ten favorites to win the world cup in 2018:
Argentina might be the best bet here. If you are willing to wait two years for the world cup you might as well get yourself a betting bonus or a nice casino bonus and try to take home a big win. Argentina’s odds to win the world cup is lower now since Lionel Messi, Sergio Agüero, Javier Mascherano and Angel di Maria all announced their retirement from the national team. But all these players except Mascherano are fairly young and it should come to no surprise if all of them decide to return once the world cup is near. If so, the Argentinian team looks as strong as ever and it could be a good decision to place the bet before these players decide to re-join the national team.