The 2018 FIFA World Cup may be the poorest World Cup in the recent years, without participation of Netherlands squad, the United States squad and Chile squad. It shocked the world that Italy side, winning four FIFA World Cups, also failed to enter the finals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
As the first economic power, however, American people are enthusiastic about basketball, without any subsided enthusiasm on football. American people’s enthusiasm are growing increasingly for entering the last sixteen at the FIFA World Cup South Africa and the FIFA World Cup Brazil. At present, the United States has established a unique Major League Soccer (MLS) of themselves. Since the establishment of the MLS, it has attracts numerous professional football players to America, including Thierry Henry, Frank Lampard, David Beckham, Ricardo Izecson Dos Santos Leite, etc. According to statistics, there are almost 10,000 people who have purchased tickets to show their supports to the United States side at the FIFA World Cup South Africa, surpassing England being the No. 1. Due to failure in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, there may be less American people will watch football matches in Russia in 2018.
Italy owns many football fans across the whole world as one of the hot teams won champions. The GOAL argues that failure of entering the 2018 FIFA World Cup will lead to €1 billion or so losses to Russia. The previous president of Olympic Games Franco Carraro indicates the shocking figure.