As much as it's hard to believe, we are only less than 60 days away from the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. It has been almost four years since that night when Mario Götze ruled Germany 1-0 over Argentina to give the Teutons a new cup and to be crowned as one of the most winning teams in the world.
But that's already history, the fourth world cup in Germany is now something of the past and the World Cup will seek a new owner in the maximum event of the soccer world. As we prep for the games, here's what you need to know until now:
#5) The World Cup song
Florida-based pop singer Jason Derulo and Colombian urban artist Maluma are the voices behind the 2018 World Cup song called Colors. The track is energetic, fun, and send a beautiful message about brotherhood and sisterhood. Listen to it above!
#4) Are the stadiums finished?
The delays in the stadiums have already become a World Cup tradition and Russia 2018 is not the exception. Since last year, several stadiums have been affected by the delay of their works, especially that of the city of Samara, which could be classified as the most problematic of all. Fortunately, in the last weeks, all the venues have been able to announce that they already have all the necessary infrastructure to host the World Cup matches and delegations.
#3) Are the tickets sold out?
The sale of tickets is already in its final stages, but fortunately, there are still two phases in which those who have not yet purchased their tickets can do so. The first of these phases will be from March 13 to April 3 and the second called "last minute phase" will go from April 18 until the last day of the tournament.
Tickets can be purchased from the official FIFA website.
#2) New rules and new technologies
In Russia 2018, FIFA will have the luxury of releasing some quite revolutionary changes. The first and most commented during the last time is the use of the VAR. It is a video arbitration technology that has been tested during 2017 in more than 1,000 games. Its objective is to help verify the decisions of the referee in four cases: validate goals, red cards, award penalties or correct identification errors at the time of sanctioning a player.
The other great change of the World Cup includes a new rule in the running of the sport. From Russia 2018, an additional change may be made in those games that must be defined by extension.
#1) An old recycled ball
As for the ball that will be used in the World Cup, it is the Adidas Telstar 18, a reissue of the classic Telstar that was already used in the World Cups of Mexico 1970 and Germany 1974.
Now that you know all this, we can only wait and prepare our shirts and flags to support our team!
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