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From underdog stories to history being made, the 2018 World Cup is off to a great start

All the thrills and spills of the 2018 World Cup so far.
Germany won the World Cup in 2014, and are favourites to retain the trophy, according to UBS.

UBS ran 10,000 simulations of the World Cup — and one team is the head and shoulders above the rest

Bad news for Panama, Egypt, Tunisia, Costa Rica, and Saudi Arabia, all of whom have literally zero chance of being crowned champions, the bank's analysts say.

Goldman Sachs used AI to simulate 1 million possible World Cup outcomes — and arrived at a clear winner

Ahead of this year's FIFA World Cup, Goldman Sachs used machine learning to run 200,000 models and simulate 1 million variations of the tournament to pick a winner.
Lewis Cook.

A soccer player just made his grandfather $24,000 richer because of an audacious bet he placed 4 years ago

Trevor Burlingham placed a £500 bet in 2014 that his grandson, AFC Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook, would play for England before his 26th birthday.
Vitaly Mutko.

The disgraced Russian politician banned from all Olympics will still organise the 2018 FIFA World Cup

Vitaly Mutko must bear the responsibility for doping acts committed during his tenure as Russia sports minister.