Today, when Russia takes on Saudi Arabia in the Russian capital of Moscow, the 21st World Cup tournament will officially be underway, heightening the excitement over the month-long football bonanza.
What is FIFA to the general masses?
The excitement among people is at peak at this point of time. Some are honest to goodness, revealing that they look forward to it even though they understand nothing about football. Most women planning to watch the game admit that their only interest in the month-long tournament is spotting attractive players.
Men, however, have dictated humorous rules to their partners. These include “no talking during the game”, “the remote control belongs to me for the month”, “you should not pass in front of the TV while I am watching the game, you better crawl” and “make sure you don’t ask silly questions like is this Chelsea versus England”.
FIFA World Cup 2018
Most Expensive Football Championship
The Russian government marked a budget of around $20 billion, later on budgeted at $ 11.8-14.0 Billion surpassing the cost of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil hereby setting the costliest the championship ever held.
The selected teams include the smallest country by population — Iceland, to the first timer Nordic countries (Denmark, Iceland and Sweden) and four Arab nations (Egypt, Morocco, Saudi Arabia and Tunisia).
Zabivaka — The Mascot
Zabivaka symbolies an anthropomorphic wolf dressed in the colors of the Russian national team. Zabivaka’s name is a Russian word which means “to strike”, he describes the traits of an aspiring football player who is “charming, confident and social”.
The Match Ball
The official match ball of the 2018 World Cup called “Telstar 18” that is based on the name and design of the first Adidas World Cup ball from 1970 (first introduced on 9 November 2017).
The Official Song
The opening ceremony will be headlined by British pop icon Robbie Williams. The famous Russian soprano Aida Garifullina will join the artist on the stage. Apart from the two performers, Opera singer Placido Domingo, and Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez will also perform at the Opening Ceremony to give it a classical touch. Russian musicians, including pianist Denis Matsuev, global opera stars Anna Netrebko, Yusif Eivazov, Ildar Abdrazakov, and Albina Shagimuratova will also be a part of the extravaganza expected to have a live audience of over 80,000.
The final performance will include rendition of the official World Cup song titled Live It Up.
In the End — Chic Slogans
What do you need to win the World Cup? Guts, talent, ability to handle pressure, concentration, one heck of a kick or an inspirational slogan. Read on:
Be brave, be bold, Socceroos in green and gold
Red Devils on a mission
More than five stars, 200 million hearts
Together for a Dream
Small country, big dreams
One team, one dream – Serbia
Together we are invincible
The sun shines in Russia, the sky is all light blue
The past is glory, the present is history
Let’s write history together
Send us victorious
Fighting now Samurai blue!
And the most coolest of them all,
(Not much of slogan writers I suppose…)
Prepare yourself for a football festival, get your slogans and choose your team. Because football maybe kicked by foot, but strikes goal in hearts!