Russia 2018 World Cup – Ready to Inspire! England fail to do so in betting

7th December 2010 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds
World Cup Betting & Odds

It has been a somewhat troubling experience, but FIFA have settled on Russia to host the 2018 World Cup. Ironically, the Russian cry for their World Cup bidding was “Ready To Inspire” which “inspiring” is what the voting process from FIFA has been anything but. The build up to the final decision from FIFA was abound with allegations of corruption, bribery and other nefarious business doings. There was mud slinging and accusations from both England and Russia, the two strongest competitors in the race to host the 2018 World Cup. England, after successful inspections of facilities were announced to have had the best technical bid of all the nations and looked strong favourites. The infrastructure of a sporting nation was already in place, along with large capacity stadiums which could easily cope with the demand of a world cup. England’s bid was “exceptional and remarkable” led by David Beckham, the Prime Minister and Prince William. Clearly it wasn’t remarkable enough as they only got two votes from members, the lowest out of the final shortlist of Russia, Spain/Portugal and Netherlands/Belgium. It is this bewildering stat which has thrown up a lot of distrust and hurt from the England camp. However, all that counts for nothing now. FIFA are steadfast in their resolve, amidst the calls for investigations into the proceedings and future operations, that they will not change their voting system for the future. So, with all the dust settling, Russia are the 2018 World Cup hosts, and it really is a great opportunity for the nation to inspire themselves and eastern Europe in holding a Premier world sporting event. The final decision has been over a year coming from FIFA, from the time the first bids were officially placed in March of 2009. Now we look forward.

So what will Russia offer to the world for the 2018 World Cup?
Well, there is their strong culture which is actually quite diverse, which should bring a lot of colour to the world cup. Hopefully there are no Vuvuzelas in Russia. As a territory, Russia is so broad in size that it spans eleven time zones. The plan from the Russian bid was to break up the organisation of the World Cup fixtures into five main zones, embracing thirteen main cities for the World Cup. Russia, far out east in something of a European footballing wilderness, needs to get building in order to deal with high capacity crowds. Russia’s main stadium is the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, with will have just under a 90,000 capacity when updated, but all of the rest of the proposed Stadiums are between 40,000 and 50,000. That hasn’t worried the Russians though, as they plan to renovate and completely rebuild thirteen of the sixteen stadia from scratch. The plans are to construct new arenas for the world’s greatest football tournament, ones that are modern, updated and will breathe fresh air through Russia’s domestic football scene as well. This is actually inspiring and exciting times for Russia and their football demographics, so the chance to inspire is really in their hands now. It could really drag Russia up by its heels and inject some life into what really should be a powerhouse in international football.

It will be the first time that Russia have hosted a World Cup, only two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. The thirteen hosts cities from the successful Russia will have 16 Stadiums spread out across the western section of the vast nation in this format:

North: Kaliningrad and St Petersburg.
Central: Moscow
Volga: Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Yaroslavl, Samara, Volgograd and Saransk
South: Krasnodar, Rostov On Don and Sochi
Ural: Yakaterinburg
So, the bid has been accepted. The stage has been set, and the work must begin. What this does for punters though, is give some interesting World Cup 2018 betting markets to start thinking about. Yes, of course, you can already find some good ante-post betting opportunities for Russia 2018. Yes, we haven’t even finished qualification for Brazil 2014 yet, and you can take some odds on your favourite football nations in 2018. The same old faces are leading the way for Outright Winners of the 2018 World Cup. Brazil have been pencilled in as early favourites for a price of 11/2 at William Hill. Current World Cup Champions Spain are second favourite at a price of 7/1 at SkyBet. Already there is a big cap in the football betting odds back to the chasing pack, with Argentina priced at 9/1 at William Hill, and Germany showing at 10/1 with the same bookmaker. This tournament is a long way away, and what will England look like in eight year’s time? Well, if the bookmakers are any good judges of things, they aren’t going to be looking in too good a shape, as SkyBet have them out at 16/1 as winners, which is longer odds than France at 12/1 with William Hill. These prices of course are extremely long punts and why they represent good value. No one has qualified yet, and the nation teams will be looking vastly different to what they are now.
But from an England perspective, William Hill have produced full odds for the market of who will be England boss for Russia 2018. The most obvious name of Harry Redknapp isn’t the one who is favourite. The current Spurs boss is down at 9/2, but outright favourite is Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce who is showing at 5/2. To be honest, you start looking down the list of names and you can see why England are out at 16/1 in the outright betting odds to win the 2018 World Cup. Names like Alan Shearer, David Beckham, Nigel Clough, Eddie Howe, Sam Allardyce, Lee Clark, Roy Hodgson are all in there, not bringing a wealth of top level management experience to the table. Martin O’Neill is interestingly priced though at 8/1 with William Hill, but will he be the Manchester United boss by then?
It’s all to play for now in the long countdown to Russia 2018. Russia themselves are ranked 13th in the FIFA World Rankings, and missed out on a place at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa after losing in the qualification play-offs. Russia are now in a position to make history on the world stage, and their deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov has vowed that FIFA’s trust in his country will pay off. Apparently FIFA won’t regret it. Perhaps after all of the mysteries surrounding the voting process in nominating a host, FIFA have made a bold decision. Spain and England have hosted World Cup’s before, and after awarding South Africa with the honour of being the first African Nation to host the tournament, there was a lot of expectation to follow up on. Maybe the message that FIFA are sending out is equal opportunity. The World Cup is a global event and should really spread its wings and take the pinnicle of the beautiful game to territories new and exciting.


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