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Interesting Facts about FIFA World Cup 2018 that will blow your mind

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The “world’s most widely viewed sporting event” the FIFA World Cup 2018 has kicked-off in Russia. Just to help kick start the World Cup festival, here are a bundle of interesting facts to remember ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

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  • FIFA 2018 will be played in 12 stadiums in 11 cities of Russia while in 2002 it was played in 20 venues; highest so far in FIFA history. It was hosted jointly by South Korea and Japan.
  • 9 of the 12 World Cup stadiums in Russia are built just for the tournament

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  • Total Prize money : $791 million (approx Rs 5150 Crores)
  • Winning team will get $38 million (approx Rs 250 crores)
  • FIFA WC 2018 will be the first world cup to feature ‘Video Assistant Referees’ to prevent real referees from making mistakes while awarding goals, penalties, red cards or player send-offs.
  • No visa is required to travel to Russia for the FIFA World Cup 2018. World Cup tickets holders will be given a Fan ID – the special permit which will act as an entry and exit visa to and from Russia and transport pass from  June 4 to July 25.
  • Essam El Hadary 45, Egypt team’s goalkeeper will be the oldest player and will be playing his first World Cup.
  • Australia’s Daniel Arzani will be the youngest player at this year’s World Cup, at 19 years and 152 days of age.
  • Iceland and Panama making their debuts in the competition.
  • Least populous country taking part : Iceland (population 3 Lakhs)
  • Most populous country taking part : Brazil (population 21 Crores)
  • Poorest Country taking part : Senegal ( per capita income $1038)
  • Richest Country taking part : Switzerland ( per capita income $80,591)
  • At 99kg, Panama’s Roman Torres will the heaviest player of FIFA World Cup 2018.
  • As many as 16 players will be playing in FIFA WC 2018 are from Manchester City Football club. They will be representing 8 countries in this World Cup.
  • 11 players from Juventus Football Club will be playing this World Cup and will be representing 10 countries in FIFA WC 2018.
  • Rafael Márquez of Mexico will be playing his 5th World cup. There are 9 players who will be playing their 4th world cup including Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Remember Paul the Octopus who in 2010, got the outcomes of all seven of Germany’s matches right, and even Spain’s win.  This time it is Achilles, a deaf cat who lives in the Hermitage Museum and chooses between two bowls of food, each bearing a team flag.

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  • Zabivaka -The official mascot of the 2018 World Cup is a wolf whose name translates “the one who scores”.

FIFA World Cup: Historical and Interesting Facts

  • All World Cups have been won by European (11) or South American (9) sides.
  • There have only been four times when a team has won all of their games at a World Cup (Uruguay, 4/4 in 1930), Italy (4/4 in 1938) and Brazil (6/6 in 1970, 7/7 in 2002).
  • The last two reigning champions were knocked out in the group stages: Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014.
  • Mexico has qualified 16 times without winning the trophy – more than any other country.
  • The record for most goals in the World Cup stands at 171 in 1998 and 2014, while that with least goals is 145 in 2010 World Cup.
  • The most goals in a single World Cup match occurred in 1954, when  Austria defeated Switzerland by 7-5.
  • Most yellow (306) and red cards (28) shown in FIFA WC 2006.
  • Most goals by an individual in single World Cup: 10 by Gerd Muller of Germany in 1970.
  • Sir Vivian Richards is the only sportsperson who have represented his country in Cricket World Cup and Football World Cup qualifier.
  • Brazil is the only country who have played all 21 editions of FIFA world Cup including the current one. They have won the World Cup 5 times.
  • India qualified by default for the 1950 FIFA World Cup finals as a result of the withdrawal of all of their scheduled opponents, but had to withdraw because the rules of the game did not allow players to play barefoot on the field.
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FIFA World Cup’s next destination in 2022 is Qatar.

 

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