But Argentina, Holland, Italy and Spain are among the other fancied teams, while the hosts have an excellent World Cup pedigree and can never be discounted.In the last World Cup final in Yokohama, Japan in 2002, Brazil beat Germany 2-0.There is a big police presence - some with spotter cameras, but no signs of any trouble," she said.The BBC's Mandeep Sanghera at the opening ceremony says the fans "certainly got into the swing of the occasion.The finals involved 32 teams, of which 31 came through qualifying competitions, while the host nation qualified automatically.Of the 32 teams, 20 had also appeared in the last tournament in 2014, while both Iceland and Panama made their first appearances at a FIFA World Cup.England, which was bidding to host its second tournament, was eliminated in the first round.The English Football Association and others raised concerns of bribery on the part of the Russian team and corruption from FIFA members.
The 22-member FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zürich on 2 December 2010 to vote to select the hosts of both tournaments.
"Twenty-four extravagantly dressed women were carried on to the pitch to the sound of drumming as the stadium reached capacity." The England players who won the 1966 World Cup led the former champions of past competitions onto the pitch, followed by players from other triumphant sides - dating back to Uruguay in 1930.
German President Horst Kohler gave a speech to officially declare Germany 2006 open, before musician Herbert Gronemeyer sang the official Fifa anthem of Celebrate the Day.
They claimed that four members of the executive committee had requested bribes to vote for England, and Sepp Blatter had said that it had already been arranged before the vote that Russia would win.
The 2014 Garcia Report, an internal investigation led by Michael J.