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Want to join us next in Qatar in for this iconic event? Regis Doha. Tags: Featured. Love sports and travelling? Sign up for blog updates and be among the first to read our weekly insights into our favorite events and destinations. This is the first time the host nation will make their World Cup debut in the same year since the second World Cup in A total of 3.

The World Cup has been played 21 times. Brazil holds the most titles with five.

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Italy and Germany are close behind with four each. The oldest goalscorer in the World Cup was Roger Milla, who was 42 in when he scored a goal for Cameroon against Russia.

It is rumored that India withdrew from the tournament as they were not allowed to play barefoot. All of the venues for the World Cup are within a 55 km radius of each other, making it the most compact World Cup since the inaugural tournament in One of the venues for the World Cup, Fisht Stadium in Sochi , is the same stadium that hosted the opening and closing ceremonies at the Winter Games.

The first World Cup was played in Uruguay was both the tournaments host and winner that year. The World Cup trophy went missing for 7 days in when it was stolen just prior to the tournament. The distance between the easternmost host city in the World Cup Ekaterinburg and the westernmost host city Kaliningrad was over 1, miles. The World Cup will be the first winter World Cup in the northern hemisphere. The tournament will take place in November and December to avoid the intense heat of the Qatari summer.

The average attendance per game at the World Cup was over 47, fans! If they try to take part when in an offside position they are liable to concede a penalty.

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If they inadvertently become involved in the play when in an offside position, a scrum is awarded against their team. New Zealand's Jonah Lomu was the sport's first superstar after announcing himself to the world at the World Cup, and he remains one of the most recognisable figures in rugby. He's still the record try-scorer in Rugby World Cup history with a total of Despite his enormous 18st frame, Lomu could run a remarkable metres in 11 seconds in his prime.

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