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Russia 2018

The 21st FIFA World Cup took place in Russia in 2018, marking a historic event in football. This article will provide you with all the essential information about this memorable tournament.

Tournament Highlights

  • Host Country: Russia
  • Contenders for host country: England, Spain/Portugal, Netherlands/Belgium
  • Winner: France
  • Final Score: France 4-2 Croatia
  • Golden Boot Award: Harry Kane (England)
  • Golden Ball: Luka Modric (Croatia)

Tournament Information

The tournament involved 32 national teams, with Russia automatically qualifying as the host country. The group draw was announced on December 1, 2017. The tournament took place from June 14 to July 15, 2018. The final match was held at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. Throughout the tournament, matches were played in various venues across Russia.

World Cup 2018 Trivia

  • Official Mascot: The official mascot of the 2018 FIFA World Cup was a wolf named Abivaka, meaning “the one who scores” in Russian.
  • Official Match Ball: The match ball for the tournament was called the “Telstar 18.”
  • Eastern Europe’s First World Cup: This was the first World Cup held in Eastern Europe.
  • Absence of Major Countries: Four out of the top five largest countries by population (China, India, the USA, and Indonesia) did not qualify for the tournament.
  • Introduction of Video Replays: The 2018 World Cup was the first to utilize video replays.
  • Matches Across Europe and Asia: Some matches were held in Yekaterinburg, a city in Russia considered to be part of Asia.
  • Unique Team Nicknames: The Colombian team is known as the “coffee growers” (Los Cafeteros), and the Australian team is called the “Socceroos.”
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Related Pages

To learn more about the World Cup and its history, check out these related pages:

  • Predictions of the Russia 2018 Tournament winner (Spoiler: No one was right)
  • History of Russia at the World Cup
  • List of all World Cup host countries
  • FIFA World Cup official website
  • Sport in Russia


Q: Who won the 2018 FIFA World Cup?

A: France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup, defeating Croatia 4-2 in the final match held in Moscow.

Q: Who was the top scorer of the tournament?

A: England’s captain, Harry Kane, won the Golden Boot Award as the top scorer of the 2018 World Cup, with a total of 6 goals.


The 2018 FIFA World Cup held in Russia was a historic tournament that showcased the finest talent in international football. France emerged as the champions, defeating Croatia in an exhilarating final match. This article provided an overview of the tournament, including key highlights, interesting trivia, and related pages for further exploration. Relive the excitement of the Russia 2018 World Cup and delve into the rich history of this prestigious sporting event.

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