2026 World Cup: France Favored, USA and England Contenders

2026 World Cup: France Favored, USA and England Contenders:

Soccer enthusiasts are organizing travel arrangements as FIFA, the global governing body for soccer, revealed the stadium locations for the 2026 Men’s World Cup on Sunday.
The 2026 World Cup final is scheduled to take place at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on July 19, 2026.
The United States Men’s National Team holds the 10th position on the odds list with +2500.

2026 World Cup: France Favored, USA and England Contenders

The updated 2026 World Cup odds, following Sunday’s announcement, are as follows:

• France +500 (wager $10 to win a total of $60)
• Brazil +600 (wager $10 to win a total of $70)
• England +700 (wager $10 to win a total of $80)
• Spain +1000 (wager $10 to win a total of $110)
• Germany +1000 (wager $10 to win a total of $110)
• Argentina +1000 (wager $10 to win a total of $110)
• Portugal +1200 (wager $10 to win a total of $130)
• Netherlands +1600 (wager $10 to win a total of $170)
• Italy +2000 (wager $10 to win a total of $210)
• United States +2500 (wager $10 to win a total of $260)
• Belgium +2800 (wager $10 to win a total of $290)
• Uruguay +4000 (wager $10 to win a total of $410)
• Croatia +5000 (wager $10 to win a total of $510)
• Denmark +5000 (wager $10 to win a total of $510)
• Mexico +5000 (wager $10 to win a total of $510)

FIFA has disclosed the dates and venues for the 104-match tournament, co-hosted by the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

The US Men’s National Team is slated for group stage matches as follows:

• June 12, SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, California
• June 19, Lumen Field, Seattle
• June 25, SoFi Stadium

The semifinals are scheduled for July 14 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and July 15 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.
Defending champions Argentina share the fourth spot on the oddsboard at +1000.

Despite star player Lionel Messi’s move to MLS to join Inter Miami, his participation in the 2026 tournament remains uncertain. While Messi will be 39 years old in the next competition, coach Lionel Scaloni is poised to continue building the team with young talents such as Julián Álvarez and Enzo Fernández. The lingering question revolves around Messi’s presence in 2026, but with or without him, Argentina is expected to remain a formidable contender.

Brazil stands out as a formidable contender to secure the World Cup, positioned second on the odds list at +600. Neymar, determined for a redemption story akin to Messi’s in his mid-30s, faces uncertainties about his national team future, making Brazil’s prospects intriguing. Despite past setbacks due to injuries in 2014, 2018, and 2022, Neymar’s focus remains on leading The Seleção to success. The team’s success will depend on the emergence of younger talents stepping up to reclaim a spot on the podium.

France, with odds at +500, emerges as the top betting favorite to clinch the World Cup. Despite being one of the youngest teams in the 2022 tournament, Les Bleus boast the game’s premier young star, Kylian Mbappe. With key players sidelined by injuries in 2022, France’s strong odds when fully healthy are justified. Anticipated to bounce back in 2026, especially with a fit Mbappe, France is expected to contend for both the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball. The USMNT, with odds at +2500, faces long but promising odds. Recent draws against Wales and England, coupled with the advantage of playing on home turf for the first time since 1994, position the team favorably. With a surge in viewership during the 2022 World Cup, 2026 holds the potential for a breakout year for the determined USA side. Despite the need for a striker, a challenge shared by many nations, the youthful and experienced United States team enters the tournament with heightened expectations. The Stars and Stripes could make a significant impact on home soil, showcasing the potential for a deep run.

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