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History and Meaning of the FIFA World Cup

World cup class players racing for the title. Photo Courtesy of Tribune India.

“The dream of every footballer (soccer player) and why we train and work is to reach the top, and a World Cup is the top.” This is a quote from Mexican soccer player Giovani Dos Santos. The FIFA World Cup is known as one of the greatest sporting events of all time. It only happens every four years and is recognized as one of the most prestigious trophies someone can win.

Many Americans have no desire or knowledge of soccer and therefore, the FIFA World Cup. Here is how it works. There are eight groups with four teams in each group. They all play each other once. If they win, they get three points, a draw will get them one, and a loss will get them zero points. The top two teams from each group will go on to play in the elimination bracket.

There is the group of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and then the championship game.

The inaugural World Cup was in 1930 in Uruguay where the champions were from Uruguay. They continued to have one every four years until WWII when they had to skip it. The countries who have won the World Cup were Brazil five times, Germany four times, Italy four times, Argentina two times, Uruguay two times, England one time, and Spain one time. The all time goal scorer in the world cup is Miroslav Klose.

This World Cup has great competition. The top five ranked teams to win the cup are Brazil, Belgium, France, Argentina, and England. Three of some of the greatest players of all time, Messi, Neymar and Ronaldo, are in their last world cup and they are looking for this most prized award. Badgers can watch the games on FOX, FS1 and selected streaming services.

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