How Many World Cups Have England Won In Major Sports?

How Many World Cups Have England Won In Major Sports? Regardless of the sport, it’s every nation’s dream to win a World Cup. English legends have been created from their actions and achievement on the international stage. Here’s England’s successes in World Cups to date across sport.

Football – Three Lions

Where better place to start than the most commonly recognised and celebrated English World Cup achievement than the 1966 triumph by the England football team. The only time the Three Lions have lifted international football’s most coveted prize.

The 1966 World Cup win was extra special for a few reasons; not only is football England’s most popular sport but also the ’66 World Cup was hosted in England and football truly did “come home”.

Under the stewardship of manager Alf Ramsey and the on-pitch leadership from Bobby Moore, England claimed the Jules Rimet trophy with a World Cup final victory against West Germany. Forward Geoff Hurst was the star of the show grabbing a hattrick in the 4-2 win, including scoring a controversial goal that the referee and linesman had claimed crossed the line, something which is still debated to this day. Thank god for no VAR back then!

Bobby Moore held aloft by his teammates holding the cup is one of the most famous images in world football, but unfortunately for England they are yet to win another. Despite a lack of recent tournament success, the Three Lions always remain a well fancied team in the football spread betting.

Cricket – England T20 & ODI Cricket Teams

There are currently two separate cricket world cups, each catering for a different format of the game. The oldest running Cricket World Cup is the ODI (One Day International) form, which was first played in 1975 in England.

Despite cricket being a traditional English sport, England would have to wait 44 years before tasting success, when Eoin Morgan led his team to England’s first ICC Cricket World Cup (ODI) victory in 2019 on home soil.

With T20 being a modern format of the game, it goes without saying that there have only been a handful of T20 World Cups hosted to date. Unlike the ODI WC, the T20 are played traditionally every 2 years. The first tournament was held in 2007 in South Africa.

England wouldn’t have much luck in the first two tournaments but they would get their hands on their first T20 World Cup title in 2010, when Paul Collingwood’s England beat the old arch enemy Australia in Bridgetown, Barbados.

England came close again in the last T20 World Cup in 2016 where West Indies got the better of England in India.

Rugby Union – England Team

The Rugby World Cup was first held in 1987 when the tournament was hosted by New Zealand and Australia. Like most world cups in sport the Rugby World Cup is hosted every four years.

England share the unwanted record of the joint most runner-ups in the Rugby World Cup, with three in 1991, 2007 and 2019.

They did however, finally get their hands on the Rugby World Cup in 2003 in Australia. Ed Woodward masterminded England’s triumph and the squad included the likes of legends of today; Martin Johnson, Lawrence Dallaglio, Matt Dawson, Jason Robinson and Johnny Wilkinson.

What made England’s victory all the more impressive, was that the final was against Australia (the co-host nation alongside New Zealand), where the England players had to suffer a partisan crowd rooting for the home nation.

Johnny Wilkinson cemented his name in the England rugby hall of fame after his famous drop goal kick secured England’s first ever World Cup triumph with just seconds left on the clock.

Should The Nation Be Winning More?

When you take into consideration the heritage and history of these sports in this country, you can clearly see that the nation is struggling to win major international sports tournaments. Investment in grass roots is key and recent work on the England cricket set up has seen an improvement, with the 2019 world cup win and England ranking number 1 in the ODI format. Despite sport being embedded into our culture, you have to remember that we are a small nation in terms of population compared to a lot of competitor nations, however England clearly should be doing better.

How do I pick a winner in sports?

How do I pick a winner in sports? Picking a winner, either for fun or for profit (if you’re a betting man!) is not always the easiest task. While certainly in some match-ups (a top vs bottom premier league team, or undefeated fighter va a journeyman for instance) the outcome is much more assured, there are plenty of competitive sporting events where it’s more a matter of degrees and weighting up various pros and cons.

There are aspects of lucky and chance in the mix too, because nobody can truly, perpetually predict ‘what comes next’. However, if you’re right more often than not you may well be jackpot jill, when compared to the average Joe.

Even if you’re a pro or analyst of sorts, some events, such as the recent Grand National in the UK have so many variables that it’s far from a formality to deduce what the result will be. As such it’s more about the value of the given betting odds on the day rather than the need to pick the winner in every event you’re betting on. Play the percentages!

A decent comparison to all of this is with the poker crowd at casinos, both online and off. While there are no doubt elements of luck – as no-one knows which cards they’re going to receive – how you play your hand (or rather how you use your knowledge and ability) can be key to winning or losing long term. It can separate the high roller online casino types from those just ‘winging it’. Keep your cool and use your head, and you’ll go far!

Which much see National Hunt Racing Festival Starts Today?

The Cheltenham Festival 2021 of course. Yes, it’s that time of year again. The prestigious Cheltenham Festival is back with us again between 16th – 19th March. It’s both an event that draws in the purists and the casual racing fans alike, both in the UK and around the world. The festival has prize money second only to the Grand National, which in itself tells you all you need to know about its popularity. Throughout this week of top racing action we are treated to unmissable action in the likes of the Champion Chase, Stayers Hurdle and of course the Cheltenham Gold Cup. But don’t just take my word for it, just look how excited some of our top Premier League footballers (Jesse Lingard and co) are about the Cheltenham Festival courtesy of this fun Cheltenham themed Betway quiz they took part in.

Super Bowl LV Preview & Betting Odds

Super Bowl LV Preview & Betting Odds It almost seems like a dream. We are at the culmination of a crazy season. It was riddled with question marks and then set precedence for other sports to follow.

Now we are a month into a brand new year, and it feels almost like a rinse wash and repeat. In early February of 2020, the news was hitting of a pending pandemic called coronavirus—that confused the hell out of anyone who knows anything about viruses because all flus and many colds are coronaviruses… so come on, guys, let’s be a little more specific—and just one month later everything was shut down.

Here we are, a full year later, and things are still shut down in many parts of the country. Heck, this will be the lowest attended Super Bowl in the history of the Super Bowl. Can we get back to normal now, please, because this ‘new normal’ that we are getting brainwashed to accept is NOT *%#ing normal?

Seriously, 14,500 fans plus 7,500 healthcare workers is not an acceptable number for something as important to the world of sports as the Super Bowl. In 2009, the Steelers vs. Cardinals played in Raymond James Stadium, and there were 70,774 people in the stands.

Why am I going on about this?

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers made history by becoming the first team in the history of the sport to make it to the Super Bowl while their town and stadium are the bid-winning host city. However, they got severely shafted by our good buddy, Mr. ‘Rona, and instead of people smashing the gates from all over Florida, get just 14,500 fans in the seats, most of which will be from elsewhere in the US.

 

Super Bowl LV Betting Odds

The Kansas City Chiefs came out on the betting odds boards as 3-point favorites at sites like sportsbetting.ag, Pinnacle, and Bookmaker over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Since then, the line is still holding strong with no movement either way at most shops.
When we consider the power ratings, the Buccaneers are a point better on most power rating indexes. That said, even ESPN’s questionable FPI that has the Chiefs a little less than one point better stills points us to a high probability that Mr. Super Bowl (Tom Brady) and the Buccs will get the back door cover against the spread. When you factor in the fact that Tampa Bay has home-field advantage, an outright win for the Buccaneers at +150 starts to look mighty valuable.

Kansas City @ Tampa Bay by the Numbers

The Buccaneers have the No. 2 total scoring offense in the NFL. They average 30.74 points per game. On top of this, they also have the No. 2 passing offense, at 287.11 yards per game. Comparatively, the Chiefs have the No. 5 scoring offense in the league at 29.61points per game (just a little more than a point fewer) and the No.1 passing offense in the league with 305.56 yards per affair.
When it comes to running the ball, the Chiefs rank 16th with 112.78, and the Buccs rank 27th with 98.11. Their number of plays and yards per play are quite comparable at 64.16 plays per game to 65.78 for the Buccs and Chiefs, respectively, and 6.00 ypp for TB and 6.36 for KC per game.

Defensively, the Buccaneers rank No. 9 overall in score allowed with 22.32, to the Chiefs No. 10 ranking at 22.39. Virtually the same in this stat. But that Tampa Bay run defense, which ranks No. 1 in the league, is going to make the Chiefs’ offense a little more one-dimensional than usual. Tampa Bay only allows 81.37 per game, compared to the Chiefs 121.94. Passing, the Chiefs secondary is a bit better, allowing just 233.83 per game compared to the Buccaneers’ 249.37. Tampa Bay comes back, and counters with a better yards per play allowed stat, which ranks 7th in the NFL at just 5.15 yards per play. The Chiefs are middle of the road, at No. 16 in this category.

This is going to be a battle to the end, and anything can happen. But the Chiefs have had narrow wins all season. So much so that they are just 1-8-1 against the spread over their last ten games. So, take the Buccaneers to get the backdoor cover at +3

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