The matches for the most anticipated football tournament in the world are happening right now and after a while, we will know every country which will compete in Russia for the FIFA World Cup. As the warming practice, I am offering you 10 facts about the Russia World Cup 2018.
- This is Russia’s first time to host the FIFA’s World Cup. Actually, this is the first time an Eastern European country is a host for FIFA’s World Cup ever.
- The main theme of the World Cup is: “The dream and the cosmic outer space exploration, enlivened with folk motives featuring Firebirds, Matryoshkas and folk patterns.”
- Every World Cup has a mascot and the 2018 mascot is a wolf called Zabivaka, which roughly translatesasthe one who scores.
- We know that the world cup has to have 32 teams from all over the world. Most teams are picked in advanced and they are divided by continents. There are 14 European, 5 Africans, 4 Asians, 4 S. Americans, 3 N. Americans and 2 blank spots. Those spots can win any country in the playoffs.
- Russia is one of the largest countries in the world which means that the fathers city which is a host of the category will be 1790 km far from Moscow, which is the center of the Championship. That city is called Yekaterinburg.
- Besides Yekaterinburg , other 10 cities are: Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Saint Petersburg Nizhny Novgorod, Sochi, Volgograd, Samara, Kaliningrad, Kazan and Saransk.
- Moscow is the center of the Championship which means that the first and the last match will be in the Luzhniki Stadium, located in Moscow.
8.Zimbabwe had the chance to compete in the World Cup for the first time, but they were expelled from the competition because they failed to pay severance fee for a coach.
- This is one of the rare times you will be allowed to enter Russia without a Visa. During Championship you will need documentation to enter Russia, but not a Visa.
- To show that they are serious about this competition, Russia reconstructed and built new stations all over 11 cities. They are all made to meet Green Building Standards.
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