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By Gayatri Bhaumik | June 13th, 2018

Tomorrow, on June 14, an event that unites the world will begin. The FIFA World Cup is held every four years, and inspires rabid fanaticism across the globe in football fans and neophytes alike. Before the opening ceremony and kick-off tomorrow, here are a few things you should know – including where to watch it in Hong Kong.

1. The organization has been around for 114 years.

The FIFA World Cup was founded in 1904. Its headquarters are in Zurich, Switzerland, and there are 211 member national associations.

2. The first FIFA World Cup was held in 1930.

The first World Cup tournament was held 88 years ago. That year, Uruguay hosted –  and won it, too.

3. Russia has made 11 World Cup appearances.

But this is the first time that the country will host the tournament.

4. Russia will host games in 11 cities.

These include St Petersburg, Ekatarinburg, and Sochi. The Finals will be held in Moscow.

5. The participating countries for 2018 are…somewhat unexpected.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup is the first time in the history of the tournament that Italy has failed to qualify. However, the 2018 tournament also marks the debut for both Iceland and Panama.

6. The FIFA World Cup makes history.

The tournament is ripe for making history. The highest-scoring game in World Cup history was in 1954, when Austria trumped Switzerland 7-5.

Brazilian football superstar Ronaldo celebrates a goal against German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Brazilian football superstar Ronaldo celebrates a goal against German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. Photo: Rogelio A. Galaviz C. / Flickr CC.

7. Brazil’s Ronaldo is a bona fide World Cup record holder.

Speaking of making history, Brazilian superstar Ronaldo holds some serious World Cup records. He – along with Germany’s Miroslav Klose – holds the record for the most goals scored in multiple World Cup tournaments (that’s 15 each, if you’re counting). Ronaldo is also one of only three players to win the coveted FIFA World Player of the Year award three or more times.

8. A lot of people will be watching.

Some 50% of the world’s 7.05 billion people will be watching. Considered the world’s most watched sporting event, some estimate that nearly 3.2 billion people tuned in to watch the World Cup in 2010 – and that’s expected to increase this year.

9. Spectators get through a lot of food and drinks.

During the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, over 750,000 litres of beer was drunk – that’s 3,170,064 beers! – and more than 390,600 hot dogs were consumed. And that’s not even counting the people at home!

10.The winning team gets a serious pay day.

As well as the obvious bragging rights for the next four years, the winners of the World Cup takes home US$35 million. The runners-up also take home a cool US$25 million. Even better? All teams participating in the group stage receive US$8 million just for showing up.

11. Two teams have dominated for years.

In the nearly 90 years of its existence, almost half of all FIFA World Cup titles have been won by just two teams. Between them, Brazil and Italy have a total of nine World Cup championships.

12. Brazil is a big part of the World Cup.

Maybe it’s their “Samba Boys” nickname or their flashy gold and green uniforms, but something’s working for the Brazil football team. They’ve appeared in every World Cup since the tournament started in 1930, and have won the most number of titles (that’s five, if you want to get specific).

13. A Russian scored the most number of goals in a single match.

Russian striker Oleg Salenko holds the record for the most number of goals scored in a single World Cup match. How? In 1994, he scored five goals against Cameroon in a group match, giving Russia a comfortable win of 6-1.

Ready to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup?
Here’s where you can catch the games in Hong Kong.

  1. The Globe: 45-53 Graham Street, Central.
  2. Champs Bar: 209-219 Wan Chai Road, Wan Chai.
  3. Spasso: Empire Centre, 68 Mody Road, TST East.
  4. McSorley’s: 46 Staunton Street, Central OR Block B, G/F D’Deck, Discovery Bay.
  5. Delaney’s: 71-77 Peking Road, TST OR The Spire at the Arcade, Cyberport.
  6. Forbes 36: 36 Forbes Street, Kennedy Town.
  7. Trafalgar: 54 – 62 Lockhart Road, Wanchai.
  8. Captain’s Bar: Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong Hotel, 5 Connaught Road, Central.
  9. Dicken’s Bar: The Excelsior Hotel, 281 Gloucester Road, Causeway Bay.
  10. The Stadium: 4/F, The Wave, 4 Hing Yip Street, Kwun Tung.