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World Cup History

“Since 1930, the FIFA World Cup™ has treated fans around the globe to unforgettable moments, as the world comes to together every four years to celebrate sport’s finest spectacle. Learn more about the history of the greatest show on earth.”

One day to go: The wait is almost over (June 13, 2018)

“ has been counting down the last 100 days until the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ with interesting facts from the history of the competition. The moment has finally arrived! Tomorrow the 21st edition of the world’s greatest football tournament will kick off at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium with the match between the hosts and Saudi Arabia.

“Who will succeed defending champions Germany – or can Die Nationalelf claim their fifth star and become the first team to win back-to-back titles since Brazil in 1958 and 1962? All will be revealed on 15 July when the Trophy is lifted into the evening sky.

“Before that, four weeks of captivating football await. Let the games begin!”

Key Stats:

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, International Data Base (demographic data) and USA Trade Online (trade data); Central Intelligence Agency, The World Factbook (country reference maps).

Population Clock, World Population Clock: 32 countries in the 2018 World Cup

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