Whilst we are counting down the days until Christmas and New Year’s, we are also counting down the days until the kick off of the World Cup 2018, in Russia. With the groups already having been drawn, the tension is increasing as teams, players and coaches start to think strategy for the challenge that lies ahead.
Of course, every event is full of excitement and interesting developments, but how much do you really know about Fifa and the tournaments that they organise? Whether you are a seasoned football fan, or you have stumbled across this page as an ardent football better just looking for some awesome free bets no deposit 2017, then be sure to keep reading to get yourself up to speed on these fascinating facts!
1️⃣ First things first- the World Cup is held every four years and over one month, a total of 32 teams play 64 matches with the aim of being crowned as the best national football team in the world.
2️⃣ Did you know that most coaches ban their players from any sexual activity around the time of the World Cup? Teams including Germany, Mexico, Chile, and Spain are all on a no-fornication programme because it is believed that sex is not only a distraction but that it dwindles players energy that is better preserved for playing football! Some managers, such as the Brazilian Luiz Felipe Scolari are a little laxer and allow players to have sex as long as it is not too “acrobatic”.
3️⃣ The World Cup is one of, if not the most watched event in the world. It is estimated that at least 50% of the world’s 7.05 billion people tune in to watch the tournament.
4️⃣ Did you also know that the winner of the World Cup wins a staggering $35 million, with the team that comes second pocketing a not-too-shabby $25 million. A nice prize, but not quite as nice as winning the title!
5️⃣ When Germany hosted the World Cup in 20016, the birth rate of the country went up nine months later. This is unusual because a countries birth rate is usually very stable, and Germany has quite a low one. Reasons for this increase could include the fact that more people were drinking more beer, and also that the tournament put people in a better and more relaxed mood. It is a scientific fact that when women are happier, their bodies release a hormone that makes it easier for them to get pregnant, so that could well be the explanation!
We hope you enjoyed our fascinating Fifa facts!