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5 Things You Should Know About the 2018 FIFA World Cup

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Football fever is rising as the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia moves towards the semi-finals and the final in Moscow on July 15th. Already this mass international event has seen some 2.2 million people gather to watch 64 matches being held in 11 Russian cities. Here are some must-know facts about the tournament.

1. This is a World Cup of many firsts

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is said to be the most expensive ever, at a cost of some $14.2 billion. It’s the first World Cup being held in Eastern Europe and, significantly, it is also the first to use Video Assistant Referees (VARs). This ground-breaking new technology enables the referee to double-check his decisions with assistant referees monitoring the game on a bank of monitors. This is set to be revolutionary for the game. It is also the first time Iceland and Panama are participating.

2. There have already been some major upsets

Football fans were shocked when reigning world champions Germany were knocked out in the first stage…

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