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7 things you need to know about Fifa World Cup 2018

On Thursday, the biggest sporting festival on the planet will kick off in Russia. Thirty two teams will gather for a month-long festival of football.

Hosts Russia will launch the tournament on Thursday at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Here are some facts that you should know about the sporting extravaganza.

Russia is all set to host 31 teams and thousands of fans for the FIFA World Cup 2018. It is the 21st edition of the FIFA’s quadrennial juggernaut and Germany are the defending champions.
Russia is all set to host 31 teams and thousands of fans for the FIFA World Cup 2018. It is the 21st edition of the FIFA’s quadrennial juggernaut and Germany are the defending champions.
The number of nations that participate in the football world cup are three times those that are part of the cricket world cup.
The number of nations that participate in the football world cup are three times those that are part of the cricket world cup.
The first World Cup trophy was eventually named after the third FIFA President, Jules Rimet. The Frenchman was one of the key men responsible for creating a World Cup tournament, after he passed the vote to start a global football championship in 1929.
The first World Cup trophy was eventually named after the third FIFA President, Jules Rimet. The Frenchman was one of the key men responsible for creating a World Cup tournament, after he passed the vote to start a global football championship in 1929.
All World Cups before this one have been won by Europeans (11) or South Americans (9) teams. Guess one has to be born in one of the two continents to clench that golden FIFA trophy!
All World Cups before this one have been won by Europeans (11) or South Americans (9) teams. Guess one has to be born in one of the two continents to clench that golden FIFA trophy!
Former Russian forward Oleg Salenko managed to score five goals in a single match against Cameroon at the 1994 edition in the United States of America to create a World Cup record.
Former Russian forward Oleg Salenko managed to score five goals in a single match against Cameroon at the 1994 edition in the United States of America to create a World Cup record.
Germany's Miroslav Klose holds the record of scoring the most number of goals in the World Cup final stages - 16. The forward, who this year will be seen as the assistant coach of the German team, achieved the feat during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil by surpassing Brazil's Ronaldo (15) and Germany's Gerd Muller (14).
Germany's Miroslav Klose holds the record of scoring the most number of goals in the World Cup final stages - 16. The forward, who this year will be seen as the assistant coach of the German team, achieved the feat during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil by surpassing Brazil's Ronaldo (15) and Germany's Gerd Muller (14).
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