Team 33 | When France win the World Cup**... it'll be on an Irish-installed Luzhniki Stadium pitch

Les Bleus may not win the World Cup but at least Ireland are at the tournament in another shape

BY Raf Diallo 12:00 Thursday 14 June 2018, 12:00 14 Jun 2018

Saudi Arabia head coach Juan Antonio Pizzi shoots the ball during the official training session of the Saudi Arabian team one the eve of the group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

As we did on Team 33's Euro 2016 coverage, we kicked off our 2018 World Cup build up on Tuesday night with our round-by-round predictions.

According to the scientifically accurate methodology*, France will win the World Cup, beating Spain in the final - granted, our show prediction happened before Spain did their own Saipan by sacking their manager Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the tournament.

But something more concrete with an Irish flavour can be found at the Luzhniki Stadium that will host the World Cup final between whichever nations actually get there.

As our regular panelist Killian Woods pointed out after our interview with our man in Moscow, Alan Moore of Capital FM Moscow, the pitch at the Luzhniki was in fact installed by an Irish company:

Killian explains all after the Alan Moore interview at the end of this podcast: 

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Indeed, Sligo-owned SIS Pitches not only installed the pitch at the Luzhniki, they also installed the pitches at six of the 12 stadiums that will be used in Russia during the next month.

SIS Pitches also installed three training pitches at Luzhniki and specialise in natural and synthetic sports surfaces.

*Nothing scientific about it

** This could happen but it probably won't now we've jinxed them

You can listen to our rapidly out-of-date World Cup tournament prediction on the podcast player below or on iTunes

Recent interviews on Team 33 include former Man United cult hero Andrei Kanchelskis, ex-England international Carlton Palmer, former Newcastle and Everton left back Alessandro Pistone, Chelsea legends Bobby Tambling and Paddy Mulligan, Dutch legend Johan Neeskens, ex-England striker Darius Vassell, Liverpool legend David Fairclough, former Ireland midfielder Mark Kinsella, USA captain Eric Lichaj and former Everton forward Tomasz Radzinski. Plus our in-depth chats with Tony CotonPackie BonnerNobby SolanoRon Atkinson and Alan Curbishley are still available on iTunes. You can find them all in one place by subscribing to Team 33 on iTunes.

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