The Origins of the World Cup
No matter where one lives, or how people call it, either Soccer or Football, everybody knows what the massively hyped FIFA World Cup is all about.
This famous competition went on last time in Germany, having Italy as the World Champion, and news coverage abounded about the players, the coaches, famous plays and daily match results.
Coverage of the amazing football competition could be found in newspapers all over the world with World Cup odds popular at all the online bookmakers!
The history of World Cup football can be traced back to 1904 in Paris, where on May 21, FIFA, also known as the Federation Internationale de Football Association, was founded.
It All Starts With FIFA
Representatives from seven different countries became members of the federation at this time, and those countries included France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
As years passed, more and more countries joined, and the United States became a member in 1913. The very first World Cup football event was held in 1930 in Uruguay.
Other host countries for this famous sporting event have included France, Italy, Korea, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Argentina, England, Chile, Sweden, Brazil and Switzerland.
For the year 2006, the destination for World Cup Football was Germany.
Cities in Germany which hosted events include Berlin, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Gelsenkirchen Hanover, Cologne, Munich, Leipzig, Kaiserslautern, Nuremburg and Stuttgart.
Stadiums located in these host cities where tournament games were played include the Berlin Olympic Stadium and the Gottlieb-Daimler-Stadion, among others.
Many of these stadiums are so large that they can accommodate up to 600,000 spectators!
Americans Get On Board
Although the majority of the fans who love to bet on World Cup football do not reside within the United States, many Americans enjoy the coverage of this world-wide known event that the nightly news and morning newspapers afford them.
This event is so very popular that it has its own website, its own magazine, and commands massive media coverage, both on television and in print.
The 2006 World Cup had 32 different teams competing, with teams representing six different continents. The teams are referred to as "squads", and each one of them consists of 23 players.
People from all over the world travelled to Germany to witness this awesome sporting spectacle. Tickets were sold out in record time, and commanded astronomical prices.
Depending upon the host city, as well as what type of seating is desired, ticket prices ranged from 1,000 to 150,000 euros. Some tickets were also available online.
Estimative shows that the 2006 World Cup was attended by approximately 8 million fans, and host cities planned "Fan Fests" to make sure that all visitors stayed entertained in between matches.
Some of the different featured events for Fan Fest included live concerts, spa getaways, street parties, beach club extravaganzas, cookouts, fan game days, and more.
Germany is a great country steeped in history, art, and beautiful natural wonders.
Those who went to the World Cup in 2006 surely had the time of their lives, and for those who weren't able to be part of it, start saving your money for the 2010 World Cup!
No matter who wins, it will always be an unbelievable experience and one that online bookmakers all around the world will be providing odds and betting opportunities for.