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Facts and Figures of the 2018 World Cup

By | [email protected] | June 13, 2018 2:48pm

The designer Guillermina Lynch (Photo via Creadores: la pasión hecha obra).
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In case you live under a rock didn’t know, the World Cup kicks off tomorrow and naturally, everyone is talking about it, regardless of their *actual* level of football interest or expertise.

What do we say to that? We feel you. Here at The Bubble HQ, we aren’t the craziest of super fans, but we do realize that it’s a universal topic that can’t be avoided. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a series of 18 very impressive sounding stats for you to dazzle your coworkers / friends / father-in-law… with numbers that nobody really asked for. But hey, you’ll look super and then maybe people will get off your back!

US $32 million: The amount that FIFA is giving away to the Federation that wins the 2018 World Cup. The Argentine Federation has already decided what it will do with the prize, stating that they will split the money between the players and the staff. The loser of the final match will earn US $24 million, and the third place will have receive a not-too-shabby US $20 million. In total, FIFA will donate US $400 million to the various squads, awarding different prizes in the different stages (for example, US $6.8 million if the team passes the group stage).

US $1.41 billion: The total amassed by the combined salaries of each player from the French national team – the most expensive squad of the tournament, according to a study led by the Football Observatory. The young and talented Kylian M’bappe represents 13 percent of team’s total. England and Brazil follow in terms of price tag, and Argentina comes in fifth, with a squad worth US $925 million.

US $4 billion: How much FIFA is expected to grow during the competition, which (just as a point of reference) costs the international organization around US $2 billion. The 2014 World Cup in Brazil allowed FIFA to earn US $4.82 billion, thanks to the television deals (US $2.42 billion), the marketing rights (US $1.58 billion), and the ticketing of the competition (US $527 million). It is a lot of money, but in their proposition to host the 2026 World Cup along with Canada and Mexico, the United States recently declared the country would raise US $11 billion in revenue if the country was selected. Clearly the amount of money football moves is completely out of the scope of what us simple mortals can imagine.

US $209 million: How much FIFA decided to donate to various clubs all over the world in order to have the full cooperation of every player’s squad. This represents a huge jump from what they received in 2014, a mere US $70 million, so good for them, we guess?

One million: The estimate of how many people will enter the twelve different stadiums participating in this year’s World Cup. Loujniki Stadium takes the biggest piece of the pie, being able to host up to 81,000 spectators.

One billion: How many people will watch the World Cup one way or another. This translates to roughly 1 out of 7 people will be glued to their TV screen following a ball and the players around it come World Cup season. Before last week, Vietnam was the only country not broadcasting the competition, but the rights have finally been bought after months of negotiations.

1001 to 1: The odds for a finale victory in the competition by Saudi Arabia or Panama are the worst of the tournament. Brazil, Germany, Spain, and France are the bookmaker’s favorites, followed by Argentina.

2,500km: The longest distance between two World Cup stadiums, Kaliningrad and the Yekaterinburg. Bonus fact: the World Cup will take place across three different time zones.

The 12 stadiums where the competition will take place (Photo via the Daily Mail)

The 12 stadiums where the competition will take place (Photo via the Daily Mail)

1 player: Out of the 736 players who are going to play this summer in Russia, Rafael Márquez is the only one who played at the 2002 World Cup, organized by Japan and Korea, as well as the 2006, 2010, and 2014 editions, starting 16 matches with El Tri (Mexico’s national team, in case you were unsure) in the competition. 200 athletes played in the 2014 World Cup. If he plays a match, the Mexican footballer will be the fourth player to compete in five World Cups, after Antonio Carbajal (Mexico), Lothar Matthaüs (Germany), and Gianliugi Buffon (Italy).

100 percent: Players on the English team who play in their home country, a rare occurrence: not a single one plays outside the British Premier League. 21 of the 23 Russians playing this summer are also in their national league, as well as 20 out of 23 Saudi Arabians. On the other side of the spectrum, Senegal doesn’t have any players playing in its own country, while Sweden only has one… From the second division.

74 percent: The amount of players who are under a European club contract, with 124 of them in an English-division club. The lowest division represented is League One, where Sam Morsy (Egypt) plays with Wigan Athletic.

16 players: Number from Manchester City participating in the competition. Manchester is the most represented club in the World Cup, closely followed by FC Barcelona, which managed to place one of its players in each one of the 8 groups of the competition.

10 goals: The highest amount scored in a World Cup by a player participating at this year’s edition in Russia, a record held by Thomas Müller. The Bayern Munich striker scored five at the 2010 World Cup, and five more during the 2014 edition.

5 Kims: In the South Korean squad for the World Cup, five players have Kim in their names. Goalkeepers Kim Seung-gyu and Kim Jyn-hyeon, defenders Kim Young-gwon and Kim Min-woo, and forward Kim Shin-wook all share the same names despite not having any familial connection. (FYI: In Korean, the surname – or family name – goes first.)

45 years and 5 month: Essan El-Hadary is the oldest player to participate in the 2018 World Cup. The Egyptian goalkeeper is even older than three of the managers participating in the competition – Aliou Cissé (Senegal), Mladen Krstajic (Serbia), and Roberto Martinez (Belgium). On the other end, the youngest player is Daniel Arzani (Australia) and is only 19 years old… in a World Cup which has the oldest age average in history (28 years old).

59 kilos: How much Takashi Inui, a player of the Japanese squad and the lightest man participating in the competition, weighs. Meanwhile, the Panamanian national hero Román Torres is the heaviest player, and proudly carries his 99 kilos in and out the field: he is not scared of showing that despite the weight, he is in form.

5 times: It is the fifth time these two nations compete in the same group during this international competition, and the third time in a row, after having shared the same groups in 1994, 2002, 2010, and 2014. Argentina and Nigeria are a part of the Group D this year, along with Iceland and Denmark.

0: The number of minutes Messi could potentially play for Argentina after the World Cup. The Argentine superstar announced that depending on the path the Argentine selection takes, he could retire from the selection after the competition, as it always “creates discrepancies and difficulties with the press.”

5,722.5 kilos: If all 763 players consume 250 grams of pasta every day (famously good-before-sport dish), there should be 5,722.5 kilos of noodles eaten during the World Cup, and that is in a competition without Italians nor Americans.