The World Cup 2018 is once again set to light up the summer with a month of wonderful football and world-class players on show. Russia 2018 will be held across 11 different cities and in anticipation of the event, we’ve compiled a number of interesting facts on the World Cup to help build the excitement. Technological developments and improvements in the standard of football played are helping break records all the time and the 2018 World Cup is set to be the second time that goal-line technology is used in the tournament.

Several top Irish bookmakers have already compiled their betting odds for the outright market and now that the final 32 teams have made it through a lot more markets will be added. The qualifiers are over and the group draw takes place on the 1stDecember, but here at BettingTop10, we’ve gone back to previous tournaments and pulled out a few World Cup interesting facts.

Interesting Facts about World Cup Teams

Brazil are amongst many pundits’ tips and predictions for the 2018 tournament and they can claim to be the only nation who have participated in every single World Cup since its inception in 1930. They’ve also won the event five times and netted the most goals in the history of the competition. Italy and Germany are the two teams who have competed in all but two stagings of the event with neither of the European powerhouses playing in the first World Cup held in Uruguay.

It took Italy 44 years to regain their crown. They wrapped up their second successive title in 1938 but they weren’t able to make it a hat-trick until 1982. And now they’ll have to wait until 2022 for another chance to take Cup, after failing to qualify for Russia 2018. This is the first time in 60 years that the Azzurri didn’t qualify to a World Cup.

Not all interesting World Cup facts are overwhelmingly positive as Mexico currently hold the record for most defeats in World Cup history whilst South Africa hold the dubious honour of being the only host nation to be eliminated in the group stages of the tournament

Meanwhile, Scotland have made the World Cup finals on eight different occasions and been eliminated in the group stages every single time. The Republic of Ireland have featured three times and reached the quarter-finals in 1990 before being eliminated by hosts Italy, who narrowly prevailed 1-0. They picked up some eye-catching results along the way, though, including holding both England and the Netherlands to a 1-1 draw.

Finally, India were set to compete in the 1950 staging of the event but withdrew after being informed that they wouldn’t be able to play any of their games barefoot. The fact that the competition was being held in Brazil and travel arrangements may have been complex and costly may also have been a factor in their non-participation.

The World Cup – Interesting Facts about Players at the Tournament

There are many names synonymous with this tournament but for the younger generation, Miroslav Klose is certainly a familiar figure in these events. The German helped his side to the title in 2014 shortly before hanging up his boots and the German frontman broke Ronaldo’s record of most overall goals at this tournament chalking up his 15th and 16th in 2014. The predatory frontman hit five in both 2002 and 2006.

Germany can also boast the player with the most World Cup appearances, with Lothar Mattheus having played 25 times and helping guide his country to 15 successes in the process. He has participated in the tournament on five different occasions, a record shared by Antonio Carbajal and the ever-green Gianluigi Buffon. The iconic Italian keeper admitted this could be his last season playing at the top level but he is extremely likely to be selected for his sixth World Cup finals in 2018.

Robbie Keane remains the Republic of Ireland’s top goalscorer at the World Cup with three goals all arriving during the 2002 tournament, with every other player failing score more than once at the event.

Amongst the most interesting World Cup facts is that Uruguay’s Jose Baptista still holds the record for the fastest ever red card at the tournament. His side were facing Scotland in the 1986 staging of the tournament and the defender was dismissed after just 56 seconds. There have been some early rushes of blood to the head in recent years but this has never been bettered.

The 2018 World Cup is set to be another fascinating tournament and we can’t wait for kick off in Moscow on June 14. We’ll keep you up to date with the all the latest developments and betting opportunities right here at BettingTop10.

Few more interesting Facts about this World Cup

  1. Italy haven’t qualified for Russia 2018 and this is the first time in 60 years that they won’t be there. The four-time world champions lost 1-0 on aggregate to Sweden in the European play-offs.
  2. America is another team that won’t feature in the 2018 World Cup after their shock 2-1 defeat against Trinidad & Tobago. This is the first time since 1986 that America won’t be part of the World Cup.
  3. The World Cup 2018 qualifiers saw FIFA introduce a system to monitor racism and discrimination.
  4. Panama and Iceland make their debut at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Panama qualified for their first world cup by winning against Costa Rica 2-1 in their final group game. Iceland secured their place having beaten Russia 2-0.
  5. Representatives of the FARE are to write a guide for LGBR football fans planning on travelling to Russia to explain what types of behaviour is not allowed.