Monday, 28 May 2018

FIFA World Cup 2018: 7 Interesting Facts

So, you are here to know some interesting facts about FIFA World Cup 2018. We always love to share each and every thing related to Russia World Cup. The football fever has already started all around the world. As Russia is hosting FIFA World Cup for the first time, they want to make the tournament best. Now lets have a look at the-

7 Interesting Facts About Russia World Cup 2018

1. Russia 2018 might be the last World Cup with 32 nations. As a football fan you might know that FIFA is planning to change the number of participating nations from 32 to 46. Though the change to 48 teams is to be implemented from the 2026 edition but to accelerate the expansion plans the change may come into effect from Qatar 2022 itself.

2. For the first time in World Cup history, Italy failed to qualify for the mega tournament since 1958. And it is the only one of eight teams to have won the competition who won’t compete in Russia.

3. You do not need a visa to enter Russia to enjoy FIFA World Cup 2018. World Cup ticket holders can create a special pass called "Fan-ID" to watch FIFA World 2018 live.

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4. You will be surprised to know that 9 out of 12 World Cup stadiums in Russia were built just for the tournament. The tournament will take place in 12 stadiums across 11 cities.

5. Mexico has qualified for the Russia World Cup without winning the trophy more than any other country (16 times).

6. Another interesting thing is Zimbabwe was supposed to make its World Cup debut in Russia but FIFA expelled them from the competition at the last moment. And the reason is Zimbabwe Football Association failed to pay former coach José Claudinei a severance fee within the time granted by the FIFA.

7. USD 400 million is the total prize money for the 2018 World Cup. It is an increase of 12 per cent from last year. Each participating team would get $8 million. If a team progresses from the group stage but gets knocked out at the round of 16 they will get an extra $4m. Not only that each and every team will get another $1.5m for tournament costs.

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