The football survival guide
It happens every four years, and it lasts about a month or so. What is it? Well, it’s the FIFA World Cup, or in other words the one period of time when everyone grows a sudden love for football! Not everyone is a football expert, but if this is going to be at the centre of every conversation over the next few weeks, you might not want to be left out. So, here’s a little series of all the things you should know about the World Cup 2018 to be part of the movement!
When is it?
The World Cup will begin on Thursday, June 14 with matches taking place daily up until Sunday, July 15.
Where is it?
This year’s host country is Russia, with games happening at over 12 stadiums in 11 different cities.
What are the teams?
There is a total of 32 countries participating, divided into 8 groups as follows:
What is the official ball?
The official match ball has been designed by Adidas, aka the Adidas Telstar 18. It is a modernised version of the black and white pattern from the first Adidas World Cup match ball used in 1970.
What should we expect from the opening ceremony?
In addition to a series of Russian performers including dancers, gymnasts and trampolinists, we can expect to see Robin Williams as the main performer. But, as the World Cup’s official song features Will Smith along with Nicky Jam and Era Istrefi, we’re hoping that they’ll be on stage too. The opening ceremony is set to begin only 30 minutes before the first match!
Who is Achilles The Cat?
Alright, so for those of you who are hearing this name for the first time, Achilles is a white-furred male cat, who was the official oracle for the 2017 Confederations Cup and is now taking over the duties of late Paul The Octopus as the World Cup’s psychic. He will only be predicting the games taking place in St. Petersburg by choosing between bowls of food with flags of the competing countries on top of them. What makes him special is his hearing impairment, which according to his caretakers, allows the feline to better concentrate on his predictions.. Holy meow!
In short, this is pretty much all the basic information you need to know about the upcoming World Cup. For more details about the schedule, you may find the breakdown of all the matches with the local times right here ! Pozhalusta (which is Russian for “you’re welcome”).
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