Official…mark your calendars…World cup..June 11…
The World Cup is international soccer’s showpiece event, a quadrennial championship featuring 32 of the top national teams in the world.
The tournament was launched in Uruguay in 1930, and the 19th edition is set to be played in South Africa between June 11 and July 11. It will be the first World Cup to be held on the African continent.
Italy, one of only seven nations to win the Cup, comes in as the defending champion, while the other six previous winners — Argentina, Brazil, England, France, Germany and Uruguay — also will be taking part.
The tournament consists of 64 games, 48 of them in the first round, and the 32 teams are divided into eight groups of four for first-round play. The winner and runner-up in each group advance to the 16-game knockout phase.
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