The Russian World Cup is upon us and sure the United States didn’t make it in but the team needs to find a new coach and it seems likely we will get in in 2022 when the Cup is in Qatar and will co-host the 2026 World Cup with Mexico and Canada. This Cup they will expand the field from 32 teams to 48 teams qualifying thankfully ending the half bids where two teams from different regions have a play-in game (OFC VS CONMEBOL) (CONCAFCAF vs AFC) for two final spots. There will be 80 total matches with 10 matches in both Mexico and Canada while 60 will be in the US. In the Russian World Cup there are pretty normal favorites Brazil, France, Germany and Spain. It already seems likely that the final teams will be from Europe or South America as they are the only confederations who have made it and won a World Cup so far. There are a couple of fresh faces in the field this year as Iceland and Panama will be making their first appearances in the World Cup. There might be some other teams from perhaps Africa that might make a splash but I am fairly sure that some team from South America or Europe will win again.