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How to bet on the World Cup

When the World Cup starts, the world stops. Soccer fans in every corner of the globe simply adore the passion and excitement generated by the biggest tournament on the planet. As a result, World Cup betting is also serious business, with billions of dollars, pounds, euros and more wagered on the event.

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The fact that the tournament is being held in the warm climate of Qatar increases the chances of Brazil adding a sixth World Cup to their glittering collection. The World Cup football betting indicates there will be a host of powerful challengers to the South Americans’ squad, which blends experience and youthful promise.

Most of the main contenders are from Europe, with World Cup betting sites indicating that France, led by coach Didier Deschamps will put up a strong bid to retain the crown they took in Russia.

Spain, England and Belgium also have realistic ambitions of finishing on top of the world. Germany’s extraordinary ability to find their best form in tournaments suggests their World Cup odds are worth studying too.

Lionel Messi will hope to have one final crack at winning the World Cup in his career with Argentina – and having beaten Brazil in the Copa América final in 2021, they could well be contenders.

Remarkably, Euro 2020 champions Italy and Euro 2016 winners Portugal have been drawn into the same playoff path and in March 2022 at least one of them will be eliminated before the tournament even begins. With Cristiano Ronaldo turning 37 in 2022, he will be desperate for a final chance to conquer the world with his nation – but Roberto Mancini’s men will take some beating.

Where will the 2022 World Cup be held?

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11/21/2022 - 12/18/2022

For the first time, the World Cup will be staged in the Middle East. Due to the intense heat of summer in the Gulf the tournament has been shifted to later in the year.

Qatar has constructed a string of state-of-the-art stadiums to host the matches. Their construction has even incorporated cooling technology that can reduce temperatures within stadiums significantly.

Fans around the world will tune in to watch the action in a new host venue. Many millions will enjoy online World Cup betting as a way of feeling even more involved in the exciting matches taking place in Qatar.

2022 World Cup stadiums

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Lusail Stadium

Doha, Qatar

The Lusail Iconic Stadium, on the coast to the north of Doha, is a cutting-edge venue that can seat 80,000 spectators. The new ground is part of the development of the city of Lusail and it will have the honor of staging the World Cup final on December 18, 2022.

World Cup: Previous winners

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2018 World Cup winners


France won the World Cup in 2018 for the second time in their history, beating first-time finalists Croatia 4-2 in an exciting Moscow finale to a thrilling tournament. Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann, who had excelled throughout the earlier rounds, were both on target in the highest-scoring final for 52 years.

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2018 Golden Boot winner

Harry Kane

England captain Harry Kane led his side by superb example as his six goals made him the tournament’s leading scorer. Kane’s goals were key to England’s unexpected run to the semifinals and made him the first Englishman to win the Golden Boot since Gary Lineker in 1986.

Previous Winner Soccer Player Of The Year

2018 Golden Ball winner

Luka Modrić

Croatia weren’t among the World Cup favorites at the start of the tournament, but they made it all the way to the final. One of the main reasons was Luka Modrić, who delivered a series of wonderful performances in the Croatian midfield that displayed speed of thought and perceptive passing.

Previous Winner Soccer Player Of The Year

2018 Young Player Award

Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé erupted on to the global stage with a string of eye-catching performances. The French striker demonstrated his sensational pace, strength and eye for goal as he found the net four times, including once in the final, as his nation clinched a second World Cup triumph.

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