Let us take a look at some lesser known facts about FIFA World Cup that every football fan in the world needs to know.
This would be the first time in the history of FIFA World Cup that Russia would play host, from June 14 to July 15, 2018.
A total of 32 teams would be having their eyes on the trophy.
The 2018 World Cup mascot is a wolf named Zabivaka, which was chosen via online voting.
McDonald’s is the official food partner for the World Cup 2018.
The total prize money for 2018 World Cup is 400 USD million.
First time in the history of world cup VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system would be used.
The tournament would be played across 11 cities and 12 stadiums.
Luzhniki stadium in Moscow has a capacity of 81,000 people and is the biggest stadium rebuilt in Russia on the occasion of World Cup.
Matches would also be played in the easternmost city Ekaterinburg and the westernmost city Kaliningrad which are 2,415 kms apart. It is approximately the same distance between Moscow and London.
Iceland and Panama would make their World Cup debut this year.
- Brazil is the only nation to play in each tournament.
The World Cup has been held 20 times since 1930 and Brazil has won the maximum number of times i.e five.
Source – TOI