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World Cup 2018 Fun Facts

Every World Cup is full of surprises, new players and sometimes even controversy. Since 1930 there has been 20 tournaments so far, being Brazil the most successful winner with 5 titles.

This year Russia is the host, and this brings a lot of headlines around it. Here are some facts about this major event that will be held less than two months from now.

Facts about the 2018 FIFA World Cup

In December 2010 the FIFA Executive Committee announced Russia will host the 21st World Cup in 2018.
The decision was controversial, together with the decision of Qatar hosting the 2022 World Cup.

England declared that the decision had corruption backgrounds and claimed they have been lied to since several members from the FIFA Executive Committee promised their vote would go to England.

It will be the first time a World Cup will take place in Eastern Europe.

Russia will host the World Cup for the first time, from June 14th to July 15th, 2018.

Russia will be the biggest host country geographically in World Cup history.

Is the first time in 12 years that the World Cup is held in Europe.

There will be 32 teams in total. Russia and 13 national teams would represent European zone, five national teams from African zone, and ten from Asia and South America, and three from North American zone.

The FIFA Cup matches will be held in 11 cities: Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Samara, Volgograd, Nizhny Novgorod, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Kaliningrad and Sochi.

The events will be held in 12 stadiums many of these stadiums will be constructed especially for World Cup 2018 and others will be renovated in order to meet FIFA’s requirements.

Wolf Zabivaka™ designed by student Ekaterina Bocharova won the draw to be the 2018 World Cup mascot. The main symbol of the tournament was chosen via online voting.

The organizers plan to include about 15 thousand people in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. About 20 thousand volunteers will take part in the program entitled City Volunteers.

3.2 billion people watched the 2014 World Cup.

Around 53,000 fans attended each game in 2014

The World Cup winning country is rumoured to see a baby boom 9 months after the World Cup.

It’s hard to believe that nearly four years have passed already. No doubt this is a very interesting World Cup, regarding political issues, some football revelation teams and much more.

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