Amazing FIFA World Cup Facts

With the FIFA World Cup just around the corner, let’s take a look at some FIFA World Cup Facts!

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  • It is rumored that India withdrew from the 1950 tournament as they were not allowed to play barefoot.
  • One of the venues for the 2018 World Cup, Fisht Stadium in Sochi, is the same stadium that hosted the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2014 Winter Games.
  • The first World Cup was played in 1930. Uruguay was both the tournament host and winner that year.
  • The World Cup trophy went missing for 7 days in 1966, when it was stolen just prior to the tournament.
  • The distance between the easternmost host city (Ekaterinburg) and the westernmost host city (Kaliningrad) at the 2018 World Cup is over 1500 miles. For comparison, that’s about the same distance as Moscow to London, England.

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