World Cup 2018: Which team will win?
The 2018 World Football Cup, which kicks off on June 10, is set to kick off with the semi-finals and finals taking place in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, France and Germany.
There are three rounds of group play, with the quarter-finals featuring the quarterfinalists from the group and the final between the semi finalists from each group.
The World Cup, hosted by the United States, is one of the most popular international sporting events, with over 4.5 million fans attending the tournament so far.
But this year’s event has had some controversial moments over the past two years.
In February, a racist banner appeared in the stands of Canada’s home match against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) which read: “White Power, white death”.
The banner also referred to Black people, and was seen by many as a thinly veiled reference to a 2015 US presidential election that saw Trump become the US president.
On February 9, the US women’s national team, led by Hope Solo, were shown celebrating the victory of their women’s World Cup title with the hashtag #BringBackTheBombers.
It was later revealed that Solo had been told to remove the tweet because it was “too political”.
The United Arab Emirate is currently hosting the 2022 World Cup.
The 2022 World Football Confederation, which governs the sport, has already announced the finalised dates of the 2019 World Cup and 2020 World Cup matches, as well as the finalisation of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
The finalised World Cup dates have been revealed and the dates of all the games have been announced, with a final date of June 10.