The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia June 14- July 15,2018 will be the 21st edition
FIFA World Cup Winners from 1930 to 2014
|2014||Brazil||Germany||Germany beat Argentina 1-0|
|2010||South Africa||Spain||Spain 1-0 Netherlands|
|2006||Germany||Italy||Italy 1-1 (5-3) France|
|2002||Japan / S. Korea||Brazil||Brazil 2-0 Germany|
|1998||France||France||France 3-0 Brazil|
|1994||US||Brazil||Brazil 3-2 Italy|
|1990||Italy||Germany||Germany 1-0 Argentina|
|1986||Mexico||Argentina||Argentina 3-2 Germany|
|1982||Spain||Italy||Italy 3-1 Germany|
|1978||Argentina||Argentina||Argentina 3-1 Holland|
|1974||Germany||Germany||Germany 2-1 Holland|
|1970||Mexico||Brazil||Brazil 4-1 Italy|
|1966||England||England||England 4-2 Germany|
|1962||Chile||Brazil||Brazil 3-1 Czechoslovakia|
|1958||Sweden||Brazil||Brazil 5-2 Sweden|
|1954||Switzerland||Germany||Germany 3-2 Hungary|
|1950||Brazil||Uruguay||Uruguay 2-1 Brazil|
|1938||France||Italy||Italy 4-2 Hungary|
|1934||Italy||Italy||Italy 2-1 Czechoslovakia|
|1930||Uruguay||Uruguay||Uruguay 4-2 Argentina|
This will be the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 FIFA WC held in Germany,the first ever to be held in Eastern Europe and the 11th time that it has been held in Europe.
2018 FIFA World Cup tournament will involve 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through Qualifying Competitions and the automatically qualified Host Team - Russia
Of the 32 teams, 20 will be making back-to-back appearances following the last tournament in 2014, including defending champions Germany
Iceland and Panama will both be making their first appearances at the 2018 FIFA WC in Russia.
A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities
No. of matches played (number): 59
No. of matches won: 28
No. of matches lost: 19
No. of times lost in finals (Number): 1
No. of times world cup won (number): 1
No. of goals scored in WC: 106
Top 3 players to watch: Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé
Road to WC (text): While it may have ultimately been in vain, Olivier Giroud’s volley against Sweden was a thing of beauty: a swirling, fierce strike that no goalkeeper in the world could have stopped.
Player who has played most world cups (appearances): Fabien Barthez, Thierry Henry - 17
Player who has scored most no. of goals (Player:No. of goals): Just Fontaine: 13
No. of matches played (number): 29
No. of matches won: 12
No. of matches lost: 13
No. of times lost in finals (Number): 0
No. of times world cup won (number): 0
No. of goals scored in WC: 43
Top players to watch: Tim Cahill, Mile Jedinak
Road to WC (text): A textbook Tim Cahill header sent Australia past Syria in the Asian play-off, with the Socceroos’ Mr Reliable rising highest in the depths of extra-time to keep their Russian dreams alive.
Player who has played most world cups (appearances): Mark Bresciano:3
Player who has scored most no. of goals (Player:No. of goals): Tim Cahill: 5
Match 05 Group C France beat Australia 2-1
France needed the help of the first World Cup penalty awarded after a video review and a deflected Paul Pogba goal to get their World Cup campaign underway with a 2-1 win over Australia on Saturday.
Antoine Griezmann Hits Historic VAR Penalty
Striker Antoine Griezmann lashed home the historic spot kick in the 58th minute but Australia hit back with a penalty of their own when Samuel Umtiti inexplicably handled the ball in the box four minutes later.
Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak sent his French counterpart Hugo Lloris the wrong way to give Australia hopes of forcing a draw at the Kazan Arena but Pogba grabbed the winner in the 81st minute.
Even that goal might not have counted in the days before technology was brought into the game with Pogba's shot looping off the shin of Aziz Behich, hitting the crossbar and bouncing down inside the goal before coming back out.
Uruguayan referee Andres Cunha checked the goal-line monitor on his watch and awarded the goal as Australia keeper Mat Ryan stood holding the ball in his hands.
Cunha had earlier watched the challenge by Josh Risdon on Griezmann on the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) monitor by the side of the pitch and decided the Australia right back had brought the French striker down in the area.
France's youthful attack ensured they had the better of the opening half of the match but Australia had the best chance before the break when a deflection off Frenchman Corentin Tolisso from an Aaron Mooy free kick was well saved by Lloris.
Didier Deschamps's France side will move on to their remaining Group C clashes against Denmark and Peru, who meet later on Saturday, with three points but plenty to do to justify their place among the pre-tournament favourites.
Australia and their 10,000 gold-shirted fans will be disappointed that all their hard work earned them nothing as they seek to get out of the group stage for the second time in their fifth World Cup
VAR System Used For First Time In World Cup History To Award Penalty
The VAR System Used For First Time In World Cup History on Saturday, when France were awarded a penalty against Australia in Kazan. Antoine Griezmann went down after a tackle in the penalty box in the second half of the Group C fixture. Referee Andres Cunha from Uruguay did not award a spot-kick but after viewing the VAR footage, ruled it was a penalty and Griezmann gave France a 1-0 lead.
VAR technology is used in what are considered "game-changing" situations, such as a goal, penalty or red card, and can also be used to help referees with cases of mistaken identity.
2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia June 14-July 15,2018 - Match Results
Match 01 Group A Hosts Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0
Match 02 Group A Urugua beat Egypt 1-0
Match 03 Group B Iran beat Morocco 1-0
Match 04 Group B Portugal Vs Spain - Match ended in a 3-3 draw
Match 05 Group C France beat Australia 2-1