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2018 World Cup: Score the scoop here

Matthew Girard, Staff Writer

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Think back to the excitement after the Cavs’ NBA Championship win. Or when the Indians played in the World Series. Imagine that same fan hysteria occurring simultaneously in every country in the world.

This summer, the World Cup returns after four years as over 3 billion TV viewers watch with anticipation. The tournament will feature 32 teams from around the globe.

The United States failed to qualify, which has caused a great upset for many American soccer fans. According to Time.com, a series of events led to this unfortunate situation and among them was a 2-1 loss against Trinidad and Tobago. The U.S. failure to compete this year does not mean that fans won’t be watching from sea to shining sea.

Although Russia was selected to host the 2018 World Cup, this is not sitting well with many countries. Since Russia has been accused of tampering with elections in several countries and with a brutal poison attack in Great Britain, some countries might boycott participating in the World Cup if it is still going to be held in Russia.

Forbes.com reports, “England, Australia, Poland, and Japan are reported to be among the countries that could be in on a boycott as part of ‘co-ordinated retaliation’ if it is proven that Russian operators were behind the poisoning in the UK.”

Unlike previous years, no clear-cut favorite stands out, although some teams to keep an eye on include Brazil, Germany, Spain, and France. The odds of each team winning can be found at Espn.com.

The opening game will take place on June 14, and the tournament will be concluded with the final game on July 15. The complete schedule of games can be found on the  Fédération Internationale de Football Association’s (FIFA) official website. Tune in this summer to be a part of history and witness the most watched sports event on the planet.

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