Aside from the football, drinking and general life domination that only a World Cup can bring, one of the greatest pleasures of this four year football frenzy is the opportunity it affords for guilt-free betting.
Not just to make money (obviously) but more as a way to add a little extra spice when sitting down to watch Greece v Colombia.
And on top of the cheeky match bets, there's the lure of the far-fetched-but-really-rather-tempting accumulator.
We worked with Paddy Power traders to pull together a £1 accumulator of vaguely feasible events that would net us over £1m if it all comes off and this is the result:
- Sergio Aguero to be Top Goalscorer
- England to be eliminated in a penalty shootout
- Gianluigi Buffon to win the Golden Glove award
- Algeria to score the least amount of goals
- Spain to win World cup
- Cristiano Ronaldo to be player of the tournament
The Pay-Off? A not to be sniffed at £1,193,400 (at time of writing).
Yes, it’s a big ask for them all to come in, but at least they are all realistic enough in their own right. And at least it will add a short feeling that anything's possible – until England fail to make it out of the group that is.
To take up the £1 bet or build your own, go to Paddy Power's World Cup section