Especially for introverts, the prospect of undergoing a conversation can be daunting, even frightening. Given that the World Cup is currently the biggest hype in society universally, it will be no doubt that the most prevalent conversation topic. Having some quick facts on the top of your head will help you deal with such dread. Knowledge is power in the art of conversation.

  • The current world cup, the rights of hosting which Russia won on 2 December 2010, was the first time in history that the country hosted the World Cup

  • 32 countries are participants of the world cup. 14 European teams (including Russia), 5 African teams, 10 teams from South America and Asia, and 3 North American teams are the participants. Russia as the host country naturally gets a 'free ticket' to the World Cup.

  • The matches are not just played in Moscow, but are being held across 11 different cities - St Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, Kazan, Volgograd, Samara, Nizhny Novogorod, Rostov-na-Donu, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Sochi

  • Moscow will be host to only 12 soccer games. The Moscow stadiums hosting these games are called 'Luzhniki' and 'Spartak'.

  • The symbol of the Championship is Wolf Zabivaka, invented by the student-designer Ekaterina Bocharova. It was chosen as the main symbol by online voting. The anthropomorphic wolf's apparel colors match the colors of the Russian flag, while the purpose of the glasses is needed for eye-protection, for he/her is just too fast.

  • The World Cup is not all soccer-competing and soccer-spectating. The most significant of such aspects of the World Cup is the FIFA fan festival. They take place in iconic locations of the host cities, where concerts, food, beverages and many other entertainment activities are held

  • Constructed specifically for the Championship, a free city WiFi network be in place for at least the next two years in Moscow. Such World Cup perk though, costed the capital administration around 830 million rubles.

  • Moscow's third interchange circuit is built (Second Ring of the Metro) specifically for the World Cup. Some stations were already opened in the beginning of 2018.

  • Volunteers helped with the preparation and organization of the World Championship - a substantial part of the World Cup preparations. They will underwent special training in 20 functional areas. The number of volunteers involved in the preparation and holding of the World Cup 2018, is 15,000. About 20,000 more volunteers will take part in the program “Urban Volunteers“.

  • The World Cup 2018 and each host city are represented by specially selected ambassadors, who are famous people born in these cities or somehow related to them. The main functions of the ambassadors of the World Cup are to promote sport and a healthy lifestyle, and also promote the World Cup 2018.

  • Another interesting addition to the transportation infrastructure within Moscow because of the World Cup, are some new river trams. One such river tram can accommodate up to 44 passengers, and the cost of each trip is 500 rubles.

  • On top of that, new services on the Metro Moscow app will be available for guests and residents of the capital in 6 different foreign languages.

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