FIFA '18 International World Cup
What is FIFA?
FIFA is an international soccer tournament contested by the men's national teams of thirty-two nations
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Frankly, I did not become interested in the FIFA World Cup Tournament until 2014...
So, I'm basically a newbie, but...this much I do know! Growing up the only name which matter and we knew by heart was Pelé.
The Brazilian born Pelé is fútbol - or soccer - royalty.
Pelé is regarded by many in the sport, including writers, other players and of course fans...as the greatest fútbol player of all time.
The best player for the United States is Christian Pulisic
But Christian Pulisic is no Pelé!
If he was any kind of savior, the Americans would be Russian bound in June. As it stands now the United States failed to qualify for the FIFA World Cup tournament for the first time since 1986 and the Americans have to wait four years for another shot.
Christian Pulisic in only 19 years old and multiple Premier League teams have shown interest in obtaining his services, but the Americans not even qualifying for the tournament is definitely a major setback for the sport in the United States.
Thirty-two nations competing for one prize...soccer is truly an international sport!
2018 FIFA World Cup Russia ~ Groups
Saudi Arabia, Russia, Uruguay and Egypt
IR Iran, Portugal, Spain and Morocco
Peru, Denmark, France and Australia
Argentina, Nigeria,Iceland and Croatia
Serbia, Costa Rica, Brazil and Switzerland
Mexico, Germany, Korea Republic and Sweden
Panama, Tunisia, England and Belgium
Japan, Poland, Senegal and Colombia
Even though this summer's FIFA World Cup in Russia is the first time in the tournament's history in which 32 teams will compete for the trophy, it is also notable for the number of heavyweight teams which failed to qualify.
Besides the United States, noticeable by their absence also will be...
Four-time champions Italy, as will one of the best teams in South America, Chile.
The Netherlands, finalists in 2010 and third place four years ago, will also be absent from Russia.
Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, and Bosnia & Herzegovina also didn't make the cut.
But the failure of all of these teams to qualify left the door wide open for teams from Iceland, Costa Rica, Panama and Saudi Arabia to make their mark on the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia.
FIFA World Cup Russia 2018...
- FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia - Watch Live | FOX Sports
Watch live streams of the 2018 FIFA Men's World Cup in Russia at FOX Sports, plus highlights, schedules, standings, stats, teams, players, and more.
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- FIFA World Cup Trophy - History, Winners and Information
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