The World Cup is the “world’s most widely viewed sporting event”. Around 3.2 billion people watched the last World Cup; nearly half the planet’s population. The 2018 tournament will be the 21st World Cup and will take place in Russia from June 14 to July 15, 2018.

Here are some interesting facts about the tournament to get you into the 2018 World Cup Spirit.

10. Brazil Ever-present

Brazil are the only nation to have played in every World Cup and have won the most titles (5). Could number six follow in Russia? With Germany coming second (4), they are aiming to become the first nation to win back-to-back titles since Brazil in 1958 and 1962.

9. England’s Curse

Every World Cup has been won by a coach who is the same nationality as his team. Probably where you’ve been going wrong all these years, England!

8. Africa and Asia in the World Cup

2018 will be Nigeria’s sixth World Cup. No African country has qualified as often since the Super Eagles made their debut in 1994. And South Korea have qualified for their 10th World Cup; more than any other Asian country.

7. The Youngest Player

If Nigeria select striker Mohammed Nur for the tournament (15 years), Norman Whiteside’s record as the youngest player (17 years, 41 days) back in the 1982 tournament will be broken. Nur was born in December 2002.

6. The Oldest Player

Aged 44, legendary Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary is set to become the oldest player ever at a World Cup. He played and captained in all but the final game of qualifying, has 156 caps for his country and Russia will be his World Cup debut. Age? Just a number.

5. A lucrative $12 billion cost!

There will be 12 stadiums in 11 different cities (two in Moscow) in Russia this summer. Nine were built just for the tournament. Costly.

The World Cup is expected to cost Russia close to $12 billion. This is still a couple billion fewer than Brazil spent four years ago but is over half a billion more than they expected to spend.

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