The group stages of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia got over on Thursday. The final 16 teams will now compete in the knockout stage and the first match is scheduled for June 30 between Uruguay and Portugal. The match will have a new ball which the manufacturer, Adidas, has named Telstar Mechta. Adidas Telstar Mechta will replace the Telstar 18 match ball used in the group stages. While the Telstar 18 featured a black and white pattern, the Telstar Machta comes with a new vivid red design. Adidas claims the new combination is inspired by the colours of the host nation, as well as the rising heat of the knockout-stage of FIFA World Cup 2018. Mechta in Russian means dream or ambition. Telstar Mechta has been constructed with the same design elements as the Telstar 18 while it has a brand-new skeletal that retains the best of the Brazuca, the match ball of the 2014 FIFA World Cup held in Brazil. Similar to the Telstar 18, the Telstar Mechta has six textured panels and they are … [Read more...] about Telstar Mechta to replace Telstar 18 from FIFA World Cup 2018 knockout stage
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Using artificial intelligence bots, a group of researchers at the German Technische Universitat of Dortmund and the Technical University have predicted the winners of the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018. The research team analyzed various factors including FIFA rankings, country's population, bookmakers' odds and the number of national team members who play together in a club before making the prediction. Spain to lift the world cup? During the study, researchers simulated the tournament more than 1,00,000 times and finally predicted the winners who will taste the ultimate glory. The results revealed that Spain is the most likely country to win this year's football World Cup. As per the AI research report, Spain topped the list by a winning chance of 20 percent, followed by Germany and Brazil in the second and third spots. However, researchers revealed that Germany has the chance of winning the World Cup if they make their way to the semi-final. Artificial intelligence bots predicted … [Read more...] about Artificial Intelligence bots predict FIFA World Cup 2018 winners
caption Germany won the 2014 FIFA World Cup. source Getty Images The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia kicks off on Thursday, June 14 and ends on Sunday, July 15. The first World Cup match, Russia vs. Saudi Arabia, has a 6 p.m. start time in Moscow, which means 11 a.m. for audiences in New York City. Here’s everything you need to know. The festival of football that only happens every four years is set to kick off today. That’s right – the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a tournament that brings together the finest footballers on the planet, is finally here. If you don’t know when it starts or how you can watch each match live online, fear not – Business Insider has your back. When is the 2018 FIFA World Cup? The tournament begins on Thursday, June 14 when host nation Russia takes on Saudia Arabia in a Group A match at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. This is the only game that … [Read more...] about Here’s when today’s 2018 FIFA World Cup starts where you live — and how you can watch it live online
A FIFA World Cup won't be complete without a theme song. Football fans around the world grooved in to Ricky Martin's The Cup of Life, which was released ahead of the 1998 World Cup, before Shakira's Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) became a phenomenon in 2010. Now, the official song of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia has been released and it is titled Live It Up.The theme song was released on Friday, May 25 just three weeks before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia kicks off. Live It Up by Latin Grammy Awards winner Nicky Jam, featuring Will Smith and Era Isterefi is produced by DJ and songwriter Diplo."One life, live it up, 'cause we've got one lifeOne life, live it up, 'cause we've got one lifeOne life, live it up, 'cause you don't get it twiceOne life, live it up, 'cause you don't get it twice," read the lyrics of the song.However, football fans can only listen to the audio of the song for now as the official music video is scheduled for release on June 7, a week ahead of the 2018 FIFA World … [Read more...] about FIFA World Cup 2018 official song: Can Nicky’s ‘Live It Up’ beat Shakira’s ‘Waka Waka’?
caption Mohamed Salah. source Getty Images The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia kicks off in three months’ time and will likely be one of the most-watched sports competition on the planet. France, Brazil, and Argentina are among the favourites to win the tournament with players like Antoine Griezmann, Neymar, and Lionel Messi expected to excel. But those nations are far from reliant on just one player and it takes a team effort for a single country to lift the World Cup trophy when the competition finishes on July 15. For that reason, we’ve collected a list of one player you really need to know from every nation in the tournament. Argentina — Nicolás Otamendi. source Getty Images Position: Defender. International appearances: 51 (3 goals). We’re well aware one of the best players on the planet, Lionel Messi, plays for Argentina. As does Paulo Dybala, Sergio Agüero, and Gonzalo Higuaín. Argentina has an embarrassment of riches up … [Read more...] about The one player you need to know from every country competing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup