The World Cup 2018
The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018, after the country was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010. This will be the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 tournament in Germany; all but one of the stadium venues are in European Russia, west of the Ural Mountains, to keep travel time manageable.
The final tournament will involve 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through qualifying competitions and the automatically qualified host team. Of the 32 teams, 20 will be making back-to-back appearances following the last tournament in 2014, including defending champions Germany, while Iceland and Panama will both be making their first appearances at a FIFA World Cup. A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final will take place on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
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Animal Predictions Achilles the Cat - Russia 2018
The morning of each match, Achilles will give his forecast using his breakfast. To predict the winner of each match, Achilles will be presented with two bowls containing food. Each bowl is decorated with a team’s flag. The bowl the white cat chooses to eat from represents the team Achilles thinks will win. So far, Achilles has a good track record. In the 2014 World Cup, the psychic cat predicted three out of four matches correctly. The only match he made an error in was the one between Cameroon and Australia which resulted in a draw. Many people believe that Achilles is the perfect forecaster for the FIFA World Cup because he is deaf. His disability prevents him from any bias.
Animal Predictions Paul the Octopus - Germany 2010
Paul the Octopus was a common octopus which was purportedly used to predict the results of association football matches. Accurate predictions in the 2010 World Cup brought him worldwide attention as an animal oracle.
During divination, Paul's keepers would present him with two boxes containing food. The boxes were identical except that they were decorated with the different team flags of the competitors in an upcoming football match. Whichever box Paul ate from first was considered his prediction for which team would win the match.
His keepers at the Sea Life Centre in Oberhausen, Germany, mainly tasked him with predicting the outcomes of international matches in which the German national football team was playing. Paul correctly chose the winning team in four of Germany's six Euro 2008 matches, and all seven of their matches in the 2010 World Cup—including Germany's third place play-off win over Uruguay on 10 July. He also correctly chose Spain as the winner of the 2010 FIFA World Cup final. In all, Paul amassed an overall record of 12 correct predictions out of 14: a success rate of approximately 85.7%.