World Cup is in full blast and we are cheering along. While you are waiting for the games, here are some fun facts to read in the meantime.
1. This is the first FIFA World Cup where FAN-IDs are introduced as a visa substitute. They are the type of a pass which allows entering the stadiums with tickets. Having a FAN-ID, football fans can also use public transport for free on the days of matches. In case it shows a good practice, there are big chances that this will become a standard procedure for all future World Cup tournaments.
(What is the exact difference between FAN-ID and a visa? Read here.)
2. This is Russia’s first time as the FIFA World Cup host and the Russians decided to welcome everybody in style. 9 stadiums out of total 12 were built just for this year’s tournament in Russia.
3. The oldest football player in the history of World Cup had his debut this year. It is the Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary, who turned 45 years old.
4. Brazil is the country that won the World Cup the most. They hold 5 World Cups out of 20. Brazil is also the only country that competed in every FIFA World Cup competition so far.
5. Peru, who competed in the first World Cup, will play in the competition for the first time since 1982. This is the longest absence in this tournament.
6. Of all countries that have participated in the World Cup tournament, Indonesia played the least. They played only one match in 1938.
7. Foundation of The FIFA World Cup was in 1904 with its headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
8. FIFA has 211 member nations.
9. India managed to qualify in the 1950 FIFA World Cup. However, they had to withdraw because the players weren’t allowed to play barefoot.
10. In 2002, Turkey’s Hakan Sukur scored a goal in just 11 seconds and this is the record for the fastest goal scored in a World Cup match ever.
Find travel tips before visiting Russia during the World Cup here.
Not interested in football, but you wish to visit Russia and you need a visa? Right, this way.
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