The FIFA 2018 bug has bitten one and all with a vengeance. However, there’s is no cure apart from watching each match as it happens. Symptoms range from screaming to throwing stuff in glee or rage. Consequently, the excitement can also lead to deranged dancing. Hard to believe but the symptom shall begin to decline on 15 July 2018. So yes! There is an end to this gripping madness.
Football or soccer is not my cup of tea. And for once in my life, I realized there are many more that rock in the same boat. Hence, be ready for the FIFA 2018 crash course for divine enlightenment. Next time you go to a sports bar or talk to other soccer fans you shall know what to say.
FIFA 2018 is being held in Russia. It started on 14th June and will end on 15th of July 2018. A total of 64 matches will be played between 32 national teams. The competing countries are divided into 8 groups of 4 teams each. The matches will be played across 11 cities in 12 venues. Iceland and Panama qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time while Italy, four times champions, failed.
FIFA 2018 World Cup official mascot is Zabivaka the charming, confident and social wolf with human emotions.
Official Match Ball
Telstar 18 is the official match ball of FIFA 2018 World Cup. It has been designed by the sports giant Adidas.
FIFA 2018 Statistics
- This is the most expensive World Cup ever with an estimated cost of nearly $14.2 billion.
- As of 23rd June 2018, 29 matches have been played with 71 goals scored.
- Portugal’s striker, Cristiano Ronaldo, aged 33 is gunning for the Golden Boot along with Romelu Lukaku of Belgium with a total of 4 goals each. The other 2 players in this race for maximum goals are Denis Cheryshev of Russia and Diego Costa of Spain. They have both scored 3 goals each.
- Also, Cristiano Ronaldo is the hot favorite of the masses because of the hat-trick against Spain. He became the oldest player to do so.
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