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In Pics! Interesting things to know about the FIFA World Cup 2018

Here are some interesting facts for fans travelling for the “world’s most-viewed sporting event”, which will be hosted for the very first time by Russia.

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Russia has introduced mandatory ID for all football fans visiting the country. Fans will not be granted entry to the Stadiums without their specific “Fan ID”. The good news is that fans from other nations can use their Fan IDs for multiple visa-free entry into and exit from the country 10 days prior to the first game and 10 days after the last game. What’s more? You can even use your Fan ID to travel free to matches on the additional trains provided, or on buses, trolleybuses and trams with just a valid match ticket and a photo ID along with your Fan ID.
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Russia has introduced mandatory ID for all football fans visiting the country. Fans will not be granted entry to the Stadiums without their specific “Fan ID”. The good news is that fans from other nations can use their Fan IDs for multiple visa-free entry into and exit from the country 10 days prior to the first game and 10 days after the last game. What’s more? You can even use your Fan ID to travel free to matches on the additional trains provided, or on buses, trolleybuses and trams with just a valid match ticket and a photo ID along with your Fan ID.

Russia has set up FIFA Fan Fest zones to welcome thousands of fans to watch games live on giant screens, soak up the World Cup atmosphere as well as enjoy other cultural, music and entertainment programs. The Fan Fest zones are free to enter and there will be 11 Fan Fest sites in all, one in each of Russia’s host cities. The Fan Fest zone in Moscow, set up against the backdrop of the iconic Moscow State University, will be the biggest among all 11 with a capacity to hold around 25,000 people. Since they were introduced in 2006 in Germany, an estimated 30 million fans have visited the zones in the past three World Cups.
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Russia has set up FIFA Fan Fest zones to welcome thousands of fans to watch games live on giant screens, soak up the World Cup atmosphere as well as enjoy other cultural, music and entertainment programs. The Fan Fest zones are free to enter and there will be 11 Fan Fest sites in all, one in each of Russia’s host cities. The Fan Fest zone in Moscow, set up against the backdrop of the iconic Moscow State University, will be the biggest among all 11 with a capacity to hold around 25,000 people. Since they were introduced in 2006 in Germany, an estimated 30 million fans have visited the zones in the past three World Cups.

Russia’s groups of hooligan fans have issued warnings to all England fans who will be travelling to the tournament this summer. Both countries have taken measures to step up security following clashes between the Russian and English fans during their Euro 2016 fixture in Marseille which ended in a 1-1 draw. Russian officials have provided reassurance stating that a “blacklist” of known hooligans from Euro 2016 has been maintained, who will be banned from attending this World Cup. Similarly, more than 2,000 known hooligans have been prevented from going to Russia from England by banning orders.
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Russia’s groups of hooligan fans have issued warnings to all England fans who will be travelling to the tournament this summer. Both countries have taken measures to step up security following clashes between the Russian and English fans during their Euro 2016 fixture in Marseille which ended in a 1-1 draw. Russian officials have provided reassurance stating that a “blacklist” of known hooligans from Euro 2016 has been maintained, who will be banned from attending this World Cup. Similarly, more than 2,000 known hooligans have been prevented from going to Russia from England by banning orders.

The World Cup in Russia has sold more tickets to Indian fans than ever, thanks to the growing number of footie fans in the country. A report carried by the Irish Examiner news portal stated that out of almost 400,000 tickets that have been sold in the latest FIFA allocation, 4,509 have been purchased by Indians. According to that report, Indian fans have trumped even their English counterparts and feature in the top 10 countries, despite their country not participating in the World Cup.
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The World Cup in Russia has sold more tickets to Indian fans than ever, thanks to the growing number of footie fans in the country. A report carried by the Irish Examiner news portal stated that out of almost 400,000 tickets that have been sold in the latest FIFA allocation, 4,509 have been purchased by Indians. According to that report, Indian fans have trumped even their English counterparts and feature in the top 10 countries, despite their country not participating in the World Cup.

According to Iceland’s Ambassador, almost 20% of the inhabitants of Iceland have applied for tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. With a population of just 330,000 people, Iceland became the smallest country to qualify for a World Cup after they topped their qualifying group. A whopping 66,000 fans have requested tickets for the upcoming showpiece in Russia and we can be sure the Iceland supporters will bring their famous “Viking Thunder Clap” to the venues at the World Cup.
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According to Iceland’s Ambassador, almost 20% of the inhabitants of Iceland have applied for tickets for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. With a population of just 330,000 people, Iceland became the smallest country to qualify for a World Cup after they topped their qualifying group. A whopping 66,000 fans have requested tickets for the upcoming showpiece in Russia and we can be sure the Iceland supporters will bring their famous “Viking Thunder Clap” to the venues at the World Cup.

Described as a wolf who radiates fun, charm and confidence by FIFA’s official site, the wolf named Zabivaka is chosen as the official mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The name ‘Zabivaka’ which translates as “the one who scores” in Russian and was designed by a student designer Ekaterina Bocharova. Chosen via a poll that was held online, Zabivaka received 53 per cent of the votes cast. We can expect to see Zabivaka interacting with fans in and around the stadium during the matches in Russia.
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Described as a wolf who radiates fun, charm and confidence by FIFA’s official site, the wolf named Zabivaka is chosen as the official mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. The name ‘Zabivaka’ which translates as “the one who scores” in Russian and was designed by a student designer Ekaterina Bocharova. Chosen via a poll that was held online, Zabivaka received 53 per cent of the votes cast. We can expect to see Zabivaka interacting with fans in and around the stadium during the matches in Russia.

For the first time since 1958, will a World Cup host country not witness an influx of the Italian super fans, usually known as the Ultras. Fans of the Four-time winners Italy were left shocked when their team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. Although the Italians won’t descend in great numbers in Russia, yet they will most likely follow the games on the Television, supporting their favorite stars from the Serie A such as Argentina’s Paolo Dybala (Juventus) or Belgium’s Radja Nainggolan (Roma).
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For the first time since 1958, will a World Cup host country not witness an influx of the Italian super fans, usually known as the Ultras. Fans of the Four-time winners Italy were left shocked when their team failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years. Although the Italians won’t descend in great numbers in Russia, yet they will most likely follow the games on the Television, supporting their favorite stars from the Serie A such as Argentina’s Paolo Dybala (Juventus) or Belgium’s Radja Nainggolan (Roma).

First Published on Jun 2, 2018 09:51 pm
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