FIFA World Cup-2018, RUSSIA
FIFA stands for “Federation Internationale de Football Association” in French. In English, it is known as “International Federation of Association Football”
|Dates||14 June – 15 July|
|Teams||32 (from 5 confederations)|
|Venue(s)||12 (in 11 host cities)|
Important Fact & News
- The 2018 FIFA World Cup is the 21st FIFA World Cup.
- RUSSIA was awarded the hosting rights on 2 December 2010.
- It is currently ongoing from 14 June and will end with the final match on 15 July 2018.
2018 FIFA World Cup official logo
The tournament logo inspired by “Russia’s rich artistic tradition and its history of bold achievement and innovation” was unveiled on 28 October 2014 by cosmonauts at the International Space Station.
- ICELAND and PANAMA will both be making their first appearances(Qualified for the first time in FIFA History) at a FIFA World Cup 2018.
- ICELAND also becoming the smallest country in terms of population to reach the FIFA World Cup.
- The final will take place on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
- The winners of the World Cup will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.
- It is the first time three Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland and Sweden) have qualified for the FIFA World Cup.
- It is the first time Four Arab nations (Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia) have qualified for the FIFA World Cup.
- Notable countries that Failed to Qualify FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 :-
- Four-time FIFA WORLD CUP Champion Italy (for the first time since 1958).
- Three-time FIFA WORLD CUP runners-up the Netherlands (for the first time since 2002).
- 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners Cameroon.
- Two-time Copa América champions and 2017 Confederations Cup runners-up Chile.
- 2016 OFC Nations Cup winners New Zealand.
- 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions United States (for the first time since 1986).
- Teams returning after absence of at least three FIFA WORLD CUP tournaments :-
- Egypt returning after a 28-year absence (last appearance in 1990).
- Morocco returning after a 20-year absence (last competed in 1998).
- Peru returning after a 36-year absence (since 1982),
- Senegal competing for the second time after reaching the quarter-finals in 2002.
A total of 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities have been built and renovated for the FIFA World Cup 2018.
- Opening match : Luzhniki Stadium
Final : Luzhniki Stadium
- Average venue capacity : 49,300 seats
Largest venue : Luzhniki Stadium (81,000 seats)
Smallest venue : Kaliningrad Stadium (35,212 seats)
Other Important Questions
- The 2014 FIFA World Cup was the 20th FIFA World Cup took place in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July 2014.
- In The 2014 FIFA World Cup Germany defeated Argentina 1–0 to win the tournament.
- In The 2014 FIFA World Cup Germany became the first European team to win a World Cup staged in the Americas.
- The 2022 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be the 22nd FIFA World Cup to take place in Qatar.
- The 2026 FIFA World Cup will be the 23rd FIFA World Cup to take place in three North American countries (Canada, Mexico, United States).
- “Whiteside broke Pelé’s” record as the youngest player to appear in a FIFA World Cup, when he debuted for Northern Ireland aged 17 years and 41 days at the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
- Most titles won By Brazil Team 5 Times.
- Most FIFA World Cup appearances By Brazil 21 Times (every tournament including 2018).
- The 20 World Cup tournaments have been won by eight different nations. Brazil has won the most titles, five. The current champion is Germany, who won the title in 2014.
World Cup-winning nations Titles Team Year(s) 5 Brazil 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002 4 Germany 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014 4 Italy 1934, 1938, 1982, 2006 2 Argentina 1978, 1986 2 Uruguay 1930, 1950 1 England 1966 1 France 1998 1 Spain 2010