In the World Cup, 32 teams are divided into eight groups of four. Each group plays a round robin format of three games where a win gets a team two points, a tie gets a team one point, and a loss gets a team no points. Following the round robin, the top two teams from each group advance to a 16-team single elimination tournament until a champion is crowned.
For this year’s tournament, Spain is favored to win it all. Spain has been given 4/1 odds win according to the online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com. Other short odds to win are Brazil (9/2), England (6/1), and Argentina (13/2).
Spain has never won the World Cup, and their best finish in the tournament was fourth place back in 1950. In 2006, they reached the round of 16 before losing to runner-up, France, 3-1. Spain has won 15 of its last 16 games in preparation for the World Cup, with the lone loss a 2-0 decision to the United States on June 24, 2009.
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