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Lionel Messi needs to win this World Cup for Argentina to qualify as a true blue 'great' in world football. 2014 World Cup final’s solitary goal scorer Mario Gotze hasn’t made it to Germany’s Russia-bound squad. The England team has five Tottenham Hotspur players, who, according to Arsenal great Tony Adams, will only make it difficult for the Three Lions. And Italy missed out on their first WC finals in 60 years.
Such nuggets of information are probably stale by now. You need some more dope on you to own the bragging rights before the tournament kicks off on June 14, when hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia square off at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
1. Except Brazil and Italy, no other nation has ever won the FIFA World Cup twice on the trot. The South American giants pulled off the feat back in 1958 and 1962. And the Italians won it in 1934 and 1938. Will Germany join the elite club this year?
2. The 2002 FIFA World Cup (South Korea and Japan) was the first time when matches were held in two different countries. And the 2018 World Cup is the first time where matches will be held in two different continents.
3. The distance between Ekaterinburg (or Yekaterinburg, easternmost host city) and Kaliningrad (westernmost host city) is nearly 2,145 km. That’s the distance you generally cover while traveling from Moscow to London.
4. Egypt’s goalie Essam El-Hadary is the oldest player in the 2018 World Cup. He’s 45 years old.
5. The football, which is named the Adidas Telstar, has been manufactured by a company named Forward Sports in Pakistan.