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In light of the World Cup starting this week, we thought we would embrace the excitement, so we have put together a list of a few things you may or may not know about the 2018 FIFA World Cup!

  1. This year’s winners will gain a record breaking £29m and overall there is a total prize money pool of almost £300m!
  2. The World Cup is the most expensive sports trophy, estimated to be worth almost £15m!
  3. Out of all of the UK’s football clubs, Manchester City have the most players going to Russia, with a total of 16 players.
  4. The World Cup is held every 4 years and during the last event there were approximately 3.2 billion viewers – that’s almost half of the world’s population!
  5. Iceland and Panama have not previously competed in a World Cup event so 2018 will be their debut.
  6. England’s football clubs are the most highly-represented in the 2018 World Cup as they have a total of 124 players participating across the different squads.
  7. Brazil are the only country to have played in every tournament, and have won the World Cup the most often with a staggering 5 wins, but they have also received the most red cards.
  8. Out of all of the continents, the winners have always either been from Europe or South America.
  9. This year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup official song is called Colours, performed by Jason Derulo.
  10. The youngest footballer at this year’s World Cup will be Australia’s Daniel Arzani, who is 19 years old, whereas the oldest player is Egypt’s Essam El-Hadary, who is 45.

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