The biggest football tournament in the world has returned again to mesmerize football fans. Time for Waka Waka has come again as FIFA World Cup 2018 is about to begin. The new age of Indian football has begun and India is feeling football surge. How can one not feel excited about the tournament where unstoppable force meets immovable object? FIFA World Cup 2018 will start from 14th June and the finals will be played on 15th July. One full month of unadulterated footballing action.
FIFA World Cup 2018 Fun Facts
This is the 21st World Cup. First was in 1930 and Uruguay hosted it.
Wolf Zabivaka™ designed by student Ekaterina Bocharova is the mascot of this World Cup.
For the first time since 1958,Italy won’t be part of World Cup.
Iceland and Panama will be playing their first World Cup. Varanasi has 4 times the population of Iceland. Perceptive.
Football which will be used in FIFA World Cup 2018 is made in Pakistan. It won’t blast. Hopefully.
Battle of 32 Football Giants
32 nations have qualified for the most prestigious International tournament. Russia being the host have automatically qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2018. Out of their respective regions, these are the qualified teams:
Australia, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic and Saudi Arabia
Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia
Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama
Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay
Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Island, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland
These 32 teams have been divided into four pots of eight teams. Pot 1 has Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland and France. Pot 2 has Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Uruguay and Croatia. Pot 3 has Denmark, Island, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia Egypt, Senegal and Iran. Pot 4 contains Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.
Host Cities Of FIFA World Cup 2018
Moscow will host the first match and the final match of FIFA World Cup 2018 at Spartak Stadium. Ten more cities will witness the carnival and host the incoming fans. Samara: Samara Arena, Nizhny Novgorod: Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Volgograd: Volgograd Arena, Ekaterinburg: Ekaterinburg Arena, Saransk: Mordovia Arena, Rostov-on-Don: Rostov Arena, Kaliningrad: Kaliningrad Stadium, Kazan: Kazan Arena.
TDB FIFA World Cup 2018 Expectations
When the best of the bests collide the result is beyond prediction. Europe has some of the most talented teams in the World Cup while one can’t simply overlook the flamboyance of Samba boys and the technical abilities of South American teams. Among the big guns, Germany are most dangerous. Joachim Low could easily field 4 teams and still have firepower on the bench. But matches are not won on paper. Teams like Egypt and Uruguay can easily stun the big guns. One thing is for sure, there are a plenty of goals on offer. Germany have been the top scorers of past four World Cups and are expected to do the same this time.
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