It is that time of the year when football and soccer fans from all over the world unite to support their favorite countries and athletes. The FIFA World Cup is approaching, and it is doing so rapidly. This article is for people who know nothing about the World Cup but strive to learn more.
To start with, the competition happens once in four years, and the winners of the World Cup would be titled the world champions. Last time, the competition was held in Russia in 2018, and French players have crowned champions.
The World Cup has a tournament-based format where teams are divided into groups. These groups are decided by a random draw which also depends on the World Cup qualifiers. The country hosting the competition would always get a free spot. This year, Saudi Arabia qualifies automatically.
There are eight groups in total, and each group comprises four teams. Teams play one match against each other, and the top two teams from each group qualify for the next round - a round of 16, which begins a knockout stage. Each winning team plays the other team in the first round, and their fate in the World Cup depends on whether they win or not. This stage of the competition makes fans all over the world so excited that some of them start gambling and or get tattoos over their bodies. Scarier incidents even include deaths: a player Andrés Escobar was shot for scoring an auto-goal during the World Cup.
The most successful team in the history of the World Cup in Brazil with a whooping five titles. Even though there are club competitions happening all over the world all the time, players get together with their countrymen for this event and give it their all for this lifetime opportunity.
Two of the greatest players of this generation who are well-known even to the general public are Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo. It is believed that this would be their last World Cup. And although neither Argentina nor Portugal has titles under their belts, fans from all over the world are looking forward to the last dance of the greatest players.