11 Things You Didn’t Know About FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About FIFA World Cup Russia 2018
1. Russia fans cheering.

This is the 21st FIFA World Cup tournament in history. Uruguay hosted the first World Cup in 1930; this is Russia’s first time as host country.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About FIFA World Cup Russia 2018
2. Brazil fans cheering.

32 teams will compete in the World Cup at Russia 2018, including Iceland and Panama making their debut at the competition.

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3. Before start of game.

12 stadiums across 11 cities will host all the games. Moscow is the only Russian city with two arenas (Luzhniki and Spartak).

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About FIFA World Cup Russia 2018
4. Fans cheering.

This is Russia’s 11th appearance at the World Cup; their best finish in a tournament is 4th place in 1966.

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5. Fans watching close game.

Could Russia win it all in its backyard? 6 out of 20 (30%) of previous host countries ended up winning the tournament. The last to do it was France in 1998.

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6. Behind the scenes with photographers.

Cosmonauts at the International Space Station unveiled the official logo of the World Cup Russia 2018 on October 28, 2014).

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7. Players celebrating.

Dreams and cosmic outer space exploration are the official theme of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. The official logo is designed to appear like a World Cup trophy and integrated with local folk figures, such as matryoshkas and firebirds.

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8. Fans chanting.

This tournament’s mascot is a wolf named Wolf Zabivaka and designed by a student called Ekaterina Bocharova.

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9. Walk out to the pitch.

Europeans (11) and South American (9) countries dominate the world’s game, having won every single World Cup tournament between them.

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11 Things You Didn’t Know About FIFA World Cup Russia 2018
10. Goalie on field.

True domination: 25% (5/20) of all World Cup trophies belong to Brazil. It’s the only country to have competed in every World Cup tournament.

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11. Young fan at game.

Only three countries have won every single game at the World Cup: Uruguay (4/4 in 1930), Italy (4/4 in 1938) and Brazil (6/6 in 1970, 7/7 in 2002).

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BY JERRY ALONZO LEON

The world’s greatest sports tournament is upon us! Every four years, countries from around the world send their best footballers (soccer players) to compete for the most heralded prize in all of sports: the World Cup. This year’s eagerly anticipated tournament will be hosted by Russia from June 14 to July 15.

Here are 11 incredible facts you never knew about FIFA World Cup 2018 to get you excited about the World’s game!