While the 21st FIFA World Cup is all set to begin in Russia، let us take a look at some lesser known facts about FIFA World Cup that every football fan in the world needs to know. World Cup 2018 facts:
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.
The 2018 World Cup mascot is a wolf named Zabivaka، which was chosen via online voting. A total of 32 teams would be having their eyes on the trophy.
First time in the history of world cup VAR (Video Assistant Referee) system would be used. The total prize money for 2018 World Cup is 400 USD million.
McDonald's is the official food partner for the World Cup 2018.
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. A look back into the history: The first World Cup was conducted in Uruguay in 1930 and was also won by the host nation. The least number of people who turned up to watch a World Cup match was just 300 back in 1930 in Uruguay.
2014 FIFA World Cup broke all records with approximately 3.2 billion fans who watched the matches all over the world and an average of 53،000 spectators per match.
The World Cup has been held 20 times since 1930 and Brazil has won the maximum number of times i.e five.
Italy and Germany hold the second place with four wins each. Just once in the history of World Cup، two countries were host nations. South Korea and Japan both were host nations in 2002.
It has been rumoured that in 1950 India withdrew from the World Cup when they were not allowed to play barefoot.
Least number of teams participated in 1950. Just 13 teams played after India، Turkey and Scotland withdrew. The World Cup was skipped in 1942 and 1946 due to World War II.
Brazil is the only nation to play in each tournament.