FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia
Sports is the craze and not only the game. It is a way to unite people from different background and regions to play together and cheer together. The sportsmen play for the honor of their nations. Now, it’s the time for FIFA World Cup 2018 tournament.
Football fever is recently increasing each day with FIFA World Cup 2018 tournament. This is the moment for which everyone has been waiting for long. The gorgeous Russian beauties standing in a line cheering for their favorite teams, football fans coloring their faces with flags of the teams and the unity of people of various countries just for watching football consist 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia as a whole.
- Let’s talk something more about FIFA World Cup 2018
Started on 14th June 2018, FIFA World Cup 2018 is presently played between 32 teams at 12 different venues. It is the first tournament to be held on 2 continents- Asia and Europe. The final match will be played on 15th July 2018.
It is the most expensive Football World Cup in the history with the estimated cost of more than $14.2 billion.
There are total 32 teams playing in 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia from which 20 countries played in last FIFA tournament of the year 2014. Iceland is the country with the last population to enter in this World Cup.
The division of the teams is as per geographical factors and rankings. There are 8 groups consisting of 4 teams each which make total 32 teams. The preliminary squad of each team has 35 players out of which 23 players are finally chosen to play in the tournament. The players can be replaced in the final squad due to physical injuries or other reasons.
The allocation of teams in FIFA World Cup 2018 is as follows:
- Group A – Russia, Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia
- Group B – Spain, IR Iran, Morocco, and Portugal
- Group C – Peru, Denmark, France and Australia
- Group D – Iceland, Croatia, Argentina, and Nigeria
- Group E – Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia and Brazil
- Group F – Mexico, Germany, Korea Republic and Sweden
- Group G – Tunisia, Belgium, England and Panama
- Group H – Colombia, Japan, Senegal and Poland
- Referees and Venues
As it is FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, the rules related to referees are slightly different from the earlier tournaments. There are video assistant referees in this tournament.
FIFA selected 36 referees and 63 assistant referees for this tournament. Then, 13 video assistant referees were selected.
There are 13 host cities and 16 stadiums for hosting 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. Kazan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Kaliningrad, Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod, Saint Petersburg, Saransk, Samara, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, Sochi, and Yekaterinburg are the host cities.
As stated above, FIFA World Cup 2018 is the most expensive football tournament. The total expenditure included the construction of new hotels in host cities for players. There was a huge expenditure incurred on development of transportation facilities.
Among all the other expenses incurred in FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia, the aviation infrastructure has the highest expenditure. The expenses are provided by federal and regional budgets and partly from investors.
A huge portion of expenditure was incurred on developing Platov International Airport located in Rostov- on- Don. There are many additional facilities put at this airport such as navigation, surveillance, air traffic control systems and much more.
Similarly, the airports in other host cities are developed and renovated for FIFA World Cup 2018 tournament.
- Start of the tournament
The opening ceremony of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia was on 14 June 2018 at Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. The first match was played between Russia and Saudi Arabia in which Russia won by making 5 goals.
- Logo and much more…
The logo of FIFA World Cup 2018 was introduced in the year 2014 at the International Space Station and later, it was shown in theatre and TV programme. The logo of FIFA World Cup 2018 depicts the Russian culture and tradition along with the achievements of Russia. It is designed by Portuguese design agency.
Now, let’s discuss the mascot of FIFA World Cup 2018 tournament. It was chosen with the help of a voting system in which about 1 million votes were given to wolf namely Zabivaka. So, the official mascot of FIFA World Cup 2018 is a wolf dressed in the clothes of Russian national team.
- Official ball and song
Telstar 18 is the official ball used in the matches of FIFA World Cup 2018 tournament. The name and design of the ball are taken from the idea of first Adidas ball of the year 1970s.
The official song of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is “Live It Up” which was released on 25 May 2018.
The sponsors of FIFA World Cup 2018 include Hisense, McDonald’s, Anheuser-Busch InBev and Mengniu Dairy. Many reputed and popular brands have been the supporters of this tournament. The popular brands such as Coca-Cola, Adidas, VISA, and others are official partners of this tournament.
- No of matches and goals
Until now, total 20 matches are already played in FIFA World Cup 2018 and the total goals made were 45 with the average of 2 goals per match.
The process of ticketing is based on FAN ID in this tournament. The purpose behind the introduction of the concept of FAN ID is safety during the matches. The tickets are sold either by draw procedure or first come first serve basis. You can view the process of application of tickets on the official website in “My Request” category. You can also know the Ticket delivery information on the official website of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia tournament.
Fox Sports and Telemundo are the main broadcasters of FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. You can enjoy FIFA World Cup Live Stream on various channels such as Sony Ten 3, Sony Ten 3 HD, Sony Ten 2 HD, Sony Ten 2, Sony Liv, Sony ESPN HD and Sony ESPN.
You can watch the FIFA World Cup 2018 live matches on your Android or iOS devices, PC, and laptops for free of cost. If you want all your favorite matches on mobile or tablets, you can download them for free.
You can now enjoy FIFA World Cup Live Streaming Free on your Android and iOS devices anytime and anywhere with Sony Liv App.
You are surely ready to explore Russia especially to watch FIFA World Cup 2018. It is just the beginning of the tournament and you can see the whole world getting together for this great event.
So, enjoy the splendid performances of various teams in FIFA World Cup 2018 and maintain the football craze as always. It is not a football tournament but a festival actually.