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KUALA LUMPUR: Fol­low­ing are some in­ter­est­ing facts and fig­ures of the FIFA World Cup:

Twenty of the 32 teams qual­i­fied, will make back- to­back ap­pear­ances fol­low­ing the last tour­na­ment in Brazil in 2014.

Ice­land and Panama will be mak­ing first ap­pear­ances at a FIFA World Cup.

Ice­land qual­i­fied for the fi rst time in 2018, be­com­ing the small­est coun­try (in terms of pop­u­la­tion) to reach the World Cup.

A to­tal of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues - Sa­mara Arena, Ni zhny Nov­gorod Sta­dium, Vol­gograd Arena, Eka­ter­in­burg Arena, Mor­dovia Arena, Ros­tov Arena, Kazan Arena, Kalin­ingrad Sta­dium, Fisht Sta­dium, Saint Peters­burg Sta­dium, Spar­tak Sta­dium and Luzh­niki Sta­dium.

Cities in­volved in host­ing the FIFA World Cup in Rus­sia a re K a lin­ing rad, K a zan, Krasnodar, Moscow, Nizhny Nov­gorod, Ros­tov- on-Don, Saint Peters­burg, Sa­mara, Saransk, Sochi, Vol­gograd, Yaroslavl and Yeka­ter­in­burg.

The fi nal will take place on July 15 at the Luzh­niki Sta­dium in Moscow.

The official mas­cot is a wolf named Zabivaka, which means the one who scores in Rus­sian.

Brazil is the team with most vic­to­ries in FIFA World Cup (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002).

Only Brazil­ian leg­end, Pele has won three World Cups - 1958, 1962, 1970.

FIFA World­Cup2018: Gian­luigi Buf­fon missed out on be­ing a player with the most tour­na­ment par­tic­i­pa­tions ( six times) af­ter Italy failed to qual­ify.

The old­est goal scorer in the FIFA World Cup is Roger Milla of Cameroon, who was 42 when he scored a goal against Rus­sia in the 1994 World Cup in United States.

Ger­many for­ward, Miroslav Klose is the record scorer in FIFA World Cup his­tory with 16 goals.

Leg­endary Ital­ian foot­baller, Dino Zoft was the old­est player to win the FIFA World Cup at age 40.

The pres­ti­gious FIFA World Cup tro­phy, which was for­merly known as Jules Rimet was stolen for seven days be­fore the 1996 edi­tion kicked off.

The World Cup were dom­i­nated by two con­ti­nents – Eu­rope (11 times) and South Amer­ica (nine times).

World Cup 2018: At age 45, Egyp­tian goal­keeper Es­sam ElHadary is set to break the record as the old­est player to fea­ture in a World Cup.

For­mer North­ern Ire­land striker, Nor­man White­side is the youngest player in his­tory to make an appearance in a FIFA World Cup. Dur­ing the 1982 World Cup in Spain, White­side made his de­but at age 17 years, one month and 10 days in a game against Yu­goslavia.

Brazi l ( 1970) and Spain ( 2010) are the only teams that have won the World Cup go­ing in with a 100 per cent qual­i­fy­ing record.

Nether­lands is the team who had the most ap­pear­ances in World Cup fi­nal with­out a win (1974, 1978, 2010).

Worst dis­ci­pline in a match with 16 yel­low cards and four red cards went to a match be­tween Por­tu­gal and Nether­lands dur­ing the last of 16 stage at 2006 World Cup in Ger­many.

Most goals scored in World Cup match is 12 when Aus­tria beat host, Switzer­land 7- 5 in the quar­ter-fi nals 1954 World Cup.

Shirt swap­ping was once of­fi­cially pro­hib­ited in the 1986 World Cup be­cause FIFA did not want play­ers to ‘bare their chests’ on the field.

No host coun­try had ever been elim­i­nated in the first round un­til South Africa did in the 2010 FIFA World Cup edi­tion.

The largest at­ten­dance at a World Cup match was the fi­nal be­tween Uruguay and Brazil with 173,850 spec­ta­tors crammed into Rio de Janeiro’s Mara­cana Sta­dium on July 16 1950.

The quick­est goal in a World Cup match was scored by Turkey’s Hakan Sukur af­ter 10.89 sec­onds against host, South Korea in the third place play- off in 2002. – Ber­nama

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