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FIFA World Cup and the world

by ExpertBlogger 10. November 2018 14:23

Supposedly you are on the way to your office, following that same routine which you do every day. Suddenly you see a crowd gathered at a random corner of the street which you may not have visited for quite some time. There would be a probability that you will walk up to the scene and measure up the surrounding just to get that curiosity over.

When a noob sees people shouting their lungs out in front of a television he/she is almost sure to check it out, the excitement and the screams sure attract anybody. It is Football World Cup!!!

It is happening right now from Croatia win against Argentina that had an upset audience and they started to cry for Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo’s adrenaline rushed 3 goals against Algeria, France registering a thumping victory over Belgium and moving to semifinal and the news of doping for the host i.e. Russia  yes it is going on, the month where you need to want to leave your office early to support your favorite teams, it is the time where your boss, teacher, manager assignments didn’t bother you much but Argentina qualifying match against Nigeria gives you stress and trend penalty shoot outs gives you goosebumps!!

 Let’s have a recap, where it began? It all started in 1930 when Uruguay organized the first ever Football world cup, 13 teams participated at that moment of time and Uruguay had beaten Argentina 4-2 in front of a crowd of 68,346 people and became the first nation to win the World Cup. From an attendance of approximately 6 lakhs at that time to 3.2 billion in 2014 and this year the approximation was more than 7 billion. Trillions of fans all over the world and hundreds of players and multiple teams participating in a huge footie family! 

Further, few things that people are not aware about this world cup are as follows:

Viewership: More than 50% of the world’s 7.6 billion population watch The Cup and that is 4 billion people worldwide. According to FIFA, this makes the tournament “the world’s most viewed favorite sporting event.”

Splurge on alcohol and food: According to the latest stats over 750,000 liters of beer cans and bottles were sold in stadiums during the World Cup. A whooping number of 390,600 hot dogs have been consumed by the audience at the stadium. 

Increased Birth Rates: The Cup caused an increased in the birth rates of the host countries. Nine months after Germany hosted the World Cup in 2006 their country’s birthrate increased to more than 10 percent.

Football is no doubt the world’s most watched and favorite sport. However in this world cup few teams have not only grabbed the eye but also won our hearts. Iceland, that had a world ranking in the 130s four years ago, have now been hovering around the 30 mark. This is their first major tournament, and they are that petit nation so far to be able to make it to any major football finals. They drew with Portugal and Hungary and beat Austria in the group stage. Their country’s population merely is 3 lakhs and most of their players are not regular footballers as well. To add to this strange combination one of their managers is a dentist, their goalkeeper was a film director once upon a time.

Second most astounding team is Croatia. A team that has spurred victory flags against major teams like Argentina, England and many more strong contenders of the cup. This team’s unbelievable journey to finals will be etched in every football lover’s memory specially their penalty shootouts and their defense mechanisms. 

The stats had that Brazil and Italy both combined have 9 World Cup titles to their names. One of these two teams has won 45% of the 20 tournaments that were held. Brazil had won the most titles with 5 wins, ranging from 1958 to 2002. The Brazilians have appeared in every World Cup since its inception back in 1930. Italy and Germany has taken home 4 titles thus making them the second most winning country. Their victories range from 1934 to 2014, followed by Argentina and Uruguay with 2 wins each. Those five teams combine to a total of 16 wins. 

So if Croatia wins the world cup this time then it will be newest member to join the winners’ club and the 9th country to do so. The spotlight is definitely on Croatia and France in this Final.

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