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World Cup Starts Thursday

World Domination On The Soccer Field

June 12, 2018 - 4:51 pm

MOSCOW (AP) — The soccer world gathers in 11 cities across the European portion of Russia starting Thursday for a 32-day, 64-match championship.

    The United States will be missing from the World Cup after seven straight appearances. Four-time champion Italy is out for the first time since 1958. Chile won consecutive Copa America titles as the top South American team, but failed to qualify.

    Iceland — the smallest country ever in a World Cup — qualified for the first time.

    Defending champion Germany and Brazil are the favorites, and France is fancied behind them with a young roster .

 

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