So the World Cup is over for another four years and those of you who followed the advice to back Argentina each-way will at least have doubled your money on that market -- even if we now have to reconsider the fact that Europeans can win in South America.
Germany ran out deserving winners in the end, while injuries to various players meant our picks for top goalscorer ran into trouble, although Arjen Robben narrowly missed out on a share of third place, which would have been nice for those who nabbed the 66-1.
Thomas Muller narrowly missed out on winning a second successive Golden Boot, edged out by James Rodriguez of Colombia, who scored his six goals in just five matches. Muller was second with five goals and Brazil's Neymar took third with four goals in five games before injury cut short his campaign.
Bet365 clearly think this Germany team has legs for they make Joachim Low's team very short at 9/2 to win in Russia in 2018. That's no price at all, given that you have to tie up your money for four years and that an awful lot can happen in that time.
For the record, though, Spain and Brazil are both 7/1, while Argentina are 8/1, France 11/1, Netherlands and Italy 14/1, Belgium and England 20/1 chances and hosts Russia 33/1.
If you don't want to wait four years then there is always the European Championships to look forward to. Germany are 3/1 favourites to win that too, with hosts France third favourites at 6/1 behind Spain at 5/1. Netherlands are 9/1, Italy and Belgium 10/1 and England are on offer at 14/1.