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World Cup 2018: What to Watch

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It was just recently announced that the U.S will host the World Cup with Mexico and Canada in 2026. Including with this one, that’s just two tournaments away! It still is a bit of a disappointment for the U.S, who could not partake in this World Cup in Russia. The team had a 93% chance of qualify but due to their loss against Trinidad and Tobago, they did not make the cut. Just because the U.S did not make it, does not mean we are not allowed to watch and enjoy one of the most beloved games in the world.

This World Cup will most likely be end an era for many soccer fans. The renowned Lionel Messi, arguably one of the best players to ever grace a soccer pitch, and Cristiano Ronaldo (a man that even the most casual American fans can identify), will be well past the age of 30 by the next World Cup. Fans should just sit back and enjoy watching the two amazing men do what they are famous for, for this will most likely be their last World Cup.

Viewers are also are turning to watch Tottenham’s striker Harry Kane captain England, a fit Neymar to play with Brazil, James Rodríguez, who was a breakout star in the 2014 World Cup, captain Colombia, and Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s and Egypt’s superstar. Salah won the golden boot (the award for most goals) in the 2017/18 Premier League with 32 goals for Liverpool and came in second place across Europe, behind Messi.

With Salah leading the small country of Egypt to the world’s biggest soccer stage in Russia, Aron Gunnarsson will be leading Iceland. Iceland made a huge impression in the soccer world during the 2016 Euros in France and many fans of soccer are excited to the team playing at a higher level. France is another team that is held with high expectations. The team includes highly valued players like Paul Pogba, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe.

Let us not forget to mention the last World Cup winners, Germany.

The team is putting their faith in their number one goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. In 2014, Neuer not only won the World Cup and the golden glove (the award for the best goalkeeper), but he also was nominated to win the Fifa Player of the Year award. Sadly this past season, Neuer missed more than half of the season with Bayern Munich and fans are skeptical about his returning to Germany’s national team as their number one choice for their goalkeeper, however, head coach, Joachim Löw, said he has absolutely certain that Neuer is still their best choice (let’s be honest, even Germany’s second and third string players are still exceptional). Even with doubts, Germany is favorites to win, again, and will be a force to be reckoned with.

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