For a live-streaming experience of the 64 action-packed games in the 2018 World Cup, please click on the following link for a streaming guide and infographic:
The competition has been played once every four years since the inaugural tournament played in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. It resumed in 1950, when the competition was held in Brazil.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is the 21st FIFA World Cup, and while, several countries have their own national teams (there are presently national teams of 209 member associations out of a total of 211 current FIFA affiliates) , only 32 of the worlds best teams will finally get to participate/compete for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The original concept of bringing the world's strongest teams together in a tournament to compete for the title of World Champions was mooted by Jules Rimet.
This is also the first time that the World Cup is being held in Russia in its entire history.
As per tradition, the hosts automatically take part, while the other teams, including the champions -Germany - have to win the right to participate by playing in the qualifiers.
The 32 qualifying teams have been divided into 8 groups (A-H) with each group comprising of four teams as under:
Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan
The Front of the 100 Ruble Polymer Banknote symbolises the link between generations - a boy holding a ball is dreaming to repeat the achievements of great players like Lev Yashin, a Soviet era goal-keeper from 1950 to 1970 who is widely considered to be the greatest ever to play in that position.
The Back of the 100 Ruble Polymer Banknote shows a stylised image of a globe in the form of a football with a colour map of Russia outlined on it. Below the Ball, in typography meant to show the ball's movement, are the names of the cities hosting the matches.
The Royal Australian Mint too has brought out these beautiful gold and silver coins which are bound to capture one's eye:
Denomination: 1 Dollar (AUD); Metal Composition: .999 fineness Silver (Ag); Diameter/Size: 40.0 mm; Weight/Mass: 1 Oz; Coin Quality: Proof; Mint: Royal Australian Mint; Year: 2018; Mintage: 30,000 pieces.
3) A Special Stamp issued by Magyar Post, Hungary to mark the 2018 FIFA World Cup:
Hungary has reached the final of the FIFA World Cup twice - in 1938 and 1954- and finished runners-up on both occasions.
Magyar Post has released a special stamp to mark the 2018 FIFA World Cup, on 25.05.2018. The official logo of the 2018 FIFA World Cup appears on stamps, stamp sheet, cover and post-mark.
The specifications of this stamp are:
Issue Date: 25.05.2018;
Designer: Orsolya Kara;
No of stamps issued: 100,000 pieces;
Printer: ANY Biztonsagi Nyomda Nyrt;
Process: Wet Offset;
Size: 40 mm x 30 mm;
Stamp value: HUF 385
In the Full sheet of 50 Stamps each, the stamps are arranged in a "tete-beche" format, i.e. in pairs with one stamp upside-down in relation to the other:
The main motif of the 385 Forint stamp sheet is a football positioned over two adjoining stamps, thus creating a whole ball, with the colours symbolising the flag of the host nation in the background.
The individual Stamp issued by Magyar Post on the occasion
The First Day Cover issued on the occasion
The design and engravings are similar to the 100 Euro gold coin shown further above.
The specifications of this coin are:
Denomination: 10 Euros or 8 Reales; Metal Composition: .925 fineness Silver (Ag); Diameter/Size: 40.0 mm; Weight: 27.0 grams; Coin Quality: Proof; Mintage: 50,000 pieces; Mint: Royal Spanish Mint; Year of issue: 2017.
A Representative Gold Coin (both Obverse & Reverse) issued by the Monnaie de Paris placed against a background of a stylised image of the 2018 FIFA World Cup- Russia. Some of these designs are contained in the coin-set
The peripheral inscription reads - " COUP DU MONDE LA FIFA".
The specifications of the 5 Euro Gold Coin are:
Metal Composition: .999 fineness Gold (Or/Au); Year of issue: 2018; Weight: 0.500 grams; Coin Quality: Proof; Mintage: 5,000 pieces; Mint: Monnaie de Paris.