Some Unique Facts about the 2018 World Cup that You Must Know

A few days ago, the final draw (the draw of 8 groups – with 32 countries participate in – ) had already been implemented. It means that the World Cup is now just a matter of time, and surely, some preparation for that biggest event in the world of football will take place in Russia.

Some Unique Facts about the 2018 World Cup that You Must Know

According to the official website of FIFA, as the host, Rusia will open the event by playing against Saudi Arabia at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on June 14 in Group A. While the defending champions, Germany, is scheduled to join the tough Group F along with Sweden, Mexico, and the Republic of Korea.

Referring to FIFA or Coca-Cola World Ranking November, the toughest group in this event is Group D which includes France, Peru, Denmark, and Australia. Well, it would not be harmful if we review the World Cup 2018 for a moment, especially those which are related to some unique facts of and the preparations for the biggest football event in the world.

No sex allowed

Some countries participating in the World Cup strictly prohibit their football players to have sex during the World Cup event took place. These countries include Mexico, Germany, and Chile. Although it sounds weird, the rule will be considered as logical if you know the reason that lies behind it. According to the coaches, sex can significantly interfere the players’ concentration and drain their energy, as well. However, this ban does not apply to some other teams, such as America and Brazil. As reported by the Washington post, United States team coach, Juergen Klinsmann, allows the players to have sex regularly.

Zabivaka the mascot

The official Russian World Cup 2018 mascot is named Zabivaka! In Russian Zabivaka means “people who create scores”. Based on FIFA’s official website, the name of this mascot is perfect for wolves that represents pleasure, charm and confidence.

Zabivaka the mascot

For your information, the official mascot will play a very important role in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Wolves, the creatures which are represented by the charming mascot, will not only promote the event and entertain the audience at the stadium, but also become the ambassador to Russia. Previously, more than a million Russians voted at during a month-long election period. They were asked to choose three candidates for this world cup mascot before Zabivaka the wolf was finally chosen. agen sbobet

The Ball

The official world cup is a re-invention of the latest classic and technological models. Adidas, the brand that made this ball, inaugurated the ball for the 2018 World Cup official Russia match. The remake of this classic model, quoted by FIFA, is the first tribute that has ever been received by Adidas. The World Cup Soccer Telstar 18 does, indeed, evoke the unforgettable memories of the 1970 FIFA World Cup, as well as legends such as Pelé, Giacinto Facchetti, Pedro Rocha, Gerd Müller, and Bobby Moore. The Argentina star, Lionel Messi, even said that he was lucky to get to know this ball a little earlier than the others, and he also managed to try it out. He admitted that he loved all about the ball: the new designs, colors, everything.

The name Telstar itself comes from its status as “television star”. The first balls are decorated with black panel. Actually, the pattern is designed to stand out on black-and-white TV, and it did change the design of the soccer ball forever. Nearly 50 years later, Telstar 18 featured new carcasses, high technology and sustainable elements like recycled packaging. It also includes embedded NFC chips, which allow consumers to interact with the ball using a smartphone. It is amazing, isn’t it?

The emblem/ the logo

The official emblem of the 2018 World Cup Russia adopts a universally well-known meaning that can be clearly seen from its outline. The thickening of gold, red, blue and black colors in the emblem was actually inspired by the ancient techniques seen in the world of art and the earliest iconic staining in the state of Russia. At the top part of the emblem, you can see a “magic ball” logo.  This magic ball at the top of the emblem highlights the love of the world football enthusiasts to the event. In addition, this symbol component combines the unique attributes of the World Cup and Russia as the host country. It brings together magic and dream, as the competition will take place to entertain millions of fans by 2018.

The 2018 World Cup Poster design

The 2018 World Cup posters were released not long ago. It was officially announced just 3 days before the 2018 World Cup group division. The Moscow Metro Station was the station chosen to officially release the World Cup poster. What makes it interesting is the fact that FIFA includes the image of Lev Yashin’s, the Soviet Union’s legendary goalkeeper, as a figure in this official poster. According to Fatma Samoura, the General Secretary of FIFA, the official FIFA 2018 World Cup poster is a reflection and artistic legacy of Russian football itself.

Zabivaka the mascot

In addition, according to Vitaly Mutko, the Chairman of Russia’s 2018 Local Executive Committee, the poster will be one of the most impressive symbols of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. He is sure that fans and attendees will also approve it.

The official music anthem

The official music anthem is sung by Polina Gagarin & Egor Krid from Russia. For your information, on July 25 2015, Polina also performed during the closing of 2018 World Cup qualification in Saint Petersburg, which was also aired on international television. She was a coach on the Russian Voice show, especially in the fourth and fifth series.

The Stadiums

There are several stadiums that will be chosen as the location of the 2018 World Cup matches in Russia. To be remembered, the stadium that will be used for the opening and closing of the world cup is the Luzhniki Stadium. The stadium itself has a capacity of 80,000 people and is located in Moscow.

Million-dollar prize

Not only the World Cup trophy, but million-dollar prize will be given to the first winner of the event. The prize is said to reach 35 million dollars! Meanwhile, the runner up team will bring home 25 million dollars. For the team included in the top 32, they are also awarded with 8-million-dollar cash.

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