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World Cup 2018

World Cup Trophy

The FIFA World Cup 2018 takes place for the first time ever in Russia. Russia have never won the FIFA World Cup with their best performance was in the 1966 World Cup in England, reaching the semi-finals. Although Russia is technically Europe - they played at Euro 2016 after all, it is a huge continent covering several time zones and many different nationalities, ethnicities, languages and more.

Here at Destination Soccer, we will be exploring the FIFA World Cup 2018 from many different angles. Including the actual football itself. Will Germany retain their 2014 trophy? Or will Argentina reach yet another Final but this time win? What about the 2010 winners Spain? Are they has-beens? And can the Euro 2016 winners Portugal and the Copa America 2016 winners Chile finally claim their first World Cup? And will Brazil have shaken off the nightmares of their 7-1 semi-final defeat at their own World Cup? And are France finally ready to go one step further than their Euro 2016 Final appearance?

And who will dominate on the field? Lionel Messi surprisingly won the Golden Ball - the Player of the tournament in 2014, despite many people believing it should have gone to James Rodriguez of Colombia. Who will win this in 2018? Will Messi even play at the tournament. Or is it time for Cristiano Ronaldo to put his disastrous World Cup 2014 tournament behind him and life theĀ  famous World Cup trophy in July 2018?

And the smaller teams? Belgium are rated no.2 in the world at the moment and were no. 1 for a lot of 2015. Could they finally live up to their billing and their incredible talent to win? And what about the 2006 World Champions Italy. They had a good Euro 2016. Is it time for them to finally reclaim their trophy and win it for the fifth time to equal Brazil's record?

Or could this finally be the time an Asian team or even an African team finally lifts soccer's greatest prize? The USA surprised the world by reaching the semi-final of the Copa America Centenario in 2016. Could they go one further in Russia?

FIFA World Cup 2018

Who Will Win World Cup 2018?

The Main Teams

The Other Teams

The Host Nation – Russia

Russian Map

Host Cities

The Tournament

Best Player – Golden Ball

Top Scorer – Golden Shoe

World Cup 2018 People

Young Players


Cristiano Ronaldo Ballon d'Or

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Key Players

FIFA World Cup 2018 Links

Official FIFA World Cup Page

FIFA World Cup 2018 Wikipedia Page

FIFA World Cup 2018 Tourist Portal

The Guardian Newspaper World Cup 2018 Coverage

The Latest Destination Soccer World Cup 2018 Articles:

Will an African team win the FIFA World Cup 2018?

Background The great Pele predicted that an African team would win the World Cup by the year 2000. We are coming to the 2018 World Cup and not only has no African team come near to winning the World Cup but no African team has looked even capable of winning the biggest prize in football. […]

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FIFA World Cup Host City – Samara

Background We have been investigating the 11 Russian Host Cities which will be bringing you the FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia‘a games. We have already looked at St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan and the capital city of the Republic of Mordovia – Saransk. Samara – an important Russian City Today we will be visiting the most […]

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FIFA World Cup 2018 Host City – Saransk

Background Here at Destination Soccer, we are getting you ready for the FIFA World Cup 2018. We already know some of the regional champions. We have Cristiano Ronaldo‘s Portugal triumphing at Euro 2016 and Chile for the second time in two years beating Lionel Messi’s Argentina for the Copa America. But where will these teams […]

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Can Portugal repeat their Euro 2016 heroics at 2018 World Cup?

An Unexpected Victory Portugal shocked Europe and the rest of the world with their Euro 2016 victory. Not many people expected this, not even your trusty Destination Soccer team. (We had expected Spain to retain against Germany or France in the Final!) But triumph Portugal did. Iceland played a big role in their success. First […]

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FIFA World Cup 2018 Host City – Kazan

Background We have been investigating the FIFA World Cup 2018 Host Cities, having already looked at St. Petersburg and Ekaterinburg. There are 11 host cities in total and let’s investigate another city in Russia – Kazan. The History Kazan is one of the oldest cities in Russia. In fact, in 2005, it celebrated its 1,000th […]

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