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Fun facts about FIFA World Cup every football fan should know

  • 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.

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