One of the early favourites to win the World Cup was Germany, who was arguably among the strongest European teams during the qualifying round. Sure enough, Germany proved to be a safe bet for fans as the team triumphed over their final challenger Argentina 1-0 to settle the score, and lift the World Cup trophy.
For many football fans, the next big event is the beginning of European league play. Germany’s Bundesliga League as well as the Premier League in England, La Liga in Spain, and Serie A in Italy all kick off in the third full week of August. Clearly there is still plenty of football to cheer on this summer.
But for fans of the national teams, the next big event will be the Euro Cup which kicks off in 2016. Germany is betting they can be crowned Euro champions while also wearing the World Cup crown when European teams return to the pitch in France on June 10, 2016.
After the Euro, teams prepare for the Confederations Cup which will tee up the next World Cup in 2018. FIFA awarded Russia as the hosts of both big events, but that could change if the global standoff with Russia over Ukraine spirals out of control. FIFA has so far remained neutral regarding the conflict, but many groups are lobbying FIFA to pull the 2018 World Cup out of Russia.
There is lots of time between now and the 2018 World Cup, and fans will likely see new players emerge as national heroes ahead of the next big event. For example, Neymar became Brazil’s franchise star while Colombia’s James Rodriguez was awarded the Golden Boot as the top striker in the 2014 World Cup. Both players were in their first World Cup tournament, but guaranteed long careers playing for their national teams.
New stars will likely become household names on the road to the 2018 World Cup. Until then, be sure to enjoy the journey.