The World Cup is upon us. An event that every four years brings the love of the beautiful game and patriotism for your country together. This year sees the prestigious tournament hosted by Russia. A country has had its fair share of controversy over the past few months. Both politically and concern for those visiting the country, controversy surrounding The World Cup is at an all time high.
In this blog we take a look at some facts about the countries participating. So you can familiarize yourself with France, swat up on Spain and get tuned in with Tunisia. We hope you enjoy The World Cup localized.
Capital City: Moscow (or Москва in Russian script) is the beautiful capital of this very traditional country. It is also the largest city in Russia.
Population: Russia’s population has declined since the 2010 Census recording. It is now believed to be 142,905,200.
Official Language: The official language of Russia is of course Russian. It is the only official language spoken throughout the country, however depending on where you are in Russia, you will find strong dialects based on borders and regions.
Flag: The flag has three horizontal bands of equal height, which displays the country’s national colours: white, blue and red. This flag is in its second incarnation, as it was replaced by the Red and Sickle flag during the Soviet era, then reinstated in 1993 after the constitutional crisis.
In 2010 2nd December, Russia was confirmed as host of the the 2018 FIFA World Cup. A competition they will hold for the first time in their history. It all kicks off June 14th and Russia will be hosting games in the following cities :
- Saint Petersburg
- Nizhny Novgorod
The celebrations for the World Cup usually take a very traditional form, and Russia is no exceptional to that rule. The theme of the designs and marketing for this years competition are based on; a dream and the cosmic outer space exploration. The graphics and worldwide ads already swamping our TV’s and newsfeeds, are surrounded with traditional folk patterns coupled with interplanetary icons. The mascot chosen to represent the World Cup 2018 is the WolfZabivaka, which was designed by student Ekaterina Bocharova, this was chosen by an online voting poll.
Capital City: Madrid is the largest city in Spain and also the capital. It hosts a large array of beautiful buildings and museums, art galleries.
Population: It is stated online that there are approximately 46.56 million people living in Spain.
Official Language: Espanol is the official language of Spain. It is also the second most popular language in the world with over 399 million fluent across the globe.
Flag: Officially known at the Banderra de Espana, which is commonly known as “la Rojigualda” the Spanish flag consists of three horizontal stripes, red, yellow and red. The yellow stripe being twice the size of each red stripe.
In 2010 Spain were crowned the FIFA World Cup Winners in South Africa. This is the first and only time they have won the tournament. The Spanish team have a specific style of playing which is called the “Tiki-taka” which is shown through short passes, always having possession and working the ball through various routes on the field.
Capital City: Known as the city of love and beloved capital of France, Paris is home to the iconic Eiffel Tower and is visited by over 80 million tourists each year.
Population: More than 67 million people call France their home.
Language: The official language of France is French, however there are many languages spoken within multi-cultural France. One of the more popular ones being Maghrebi Arabic.
Flag: Liberty, equality and fraternity are what the red, white and blue colours symbolize in the French flag. Blue and red are also the honored colours of Paris.
Like their neighbours Spain, France have only won the FIFA World Cup title once, in 1998 on home soil. France defeated rival team Brazil 3-0.
Capital City: Reykjavik, the increasingly popular tourist city is the capital of Iceland. Translated the name means ‘smoky bay’.
Population: Around 337,000 people live on Iceland.
Language: The official languages spoken are Icelandic and English. There are small pockets of Nordic and German also spoken throughout the country.
Flag: A red cross is said to symbolize the island’s active volcanoes and the white surrounding is the snow that is famous for covering most of the country. The blue is simply the surrounding Atlantic Ocean.
Iceland is the smallest country to ever make it to a major football final. Whilst there are over 330,000 people who live in the country, there are only 21,500 registered football players. It is reported that whenever a new player is selected for the Icelandic football team, he must stand up and sing a whole song for his fellow players!
Capital City: The current capital of Brazil is Brasilia. However Salvador is widely regarded as the first capital city for its rich history of being the Portuguese colonial base for over 200 years.
Population: 207.7 million inhabit Brazil
Flag: The blue, green and yellow colours are iconic, the green and yellow represent the Braganza-Habsburg dynasty. In 1992 the flag had to be revisited as six new states were added to the country!
They say the English invented football, but the Brazilians perfected it. And this doesn’t come as much of a surprise due the amount of times they have won the FIFA World Cup. The national team is nicknamed Selecao which simply means The Selection. Football and The World Cup is taken very seriously in a country which has produced legendary players such as Ronaldo and Pele, even so much so that workers stop working to watch their team. It is having been reported that banks even shut down 3 hours prior to each match. Talk about dedication!
Capital City: Berlin has been the capital of Germany since 1991, when the government completed their move from the city of Bonn.
Population: There are an approximate 82.67 million people in Germany.
Language: German is the national language, but the growing country now houses pockets of Dutch, Flemish, Turkish and Italian speaking communities.
Flag: Black, red and gold which represent the national colours of Germany
A team which has won the FIFA World Cup four times, Germany is feared for it’s strong and driven style of play. Typically, renowned for their love of beer, when winning a game the players have been known to celebrate with beer showers.
Capital City: Tunis, oftern referred to as Grand Tunis, is the capital of this African country situated off the Mediterranean Gulf.
Population: 11.4 million call Tunisia home.
Language: The official language of Tunisia is Arabic. However the dialect is heavily laden with French, Spanish and Turkish words and phrases.
Flag: The red and white flag is derived from the naval ensign of the Kingdom of Tunis
Making their return after 12 years, The Eagles of Cartharge (Tunisia national team) will take part in their fifth World Cup. A country which only gained its independence in the 1950’s it has been a major hotspot for tourists and filmmakers! Yep that’s right, Tunisia is the home of a few famous Star War locations, each year hundreds flock to check out these sites.
Capital City: Warsaw, right in the heart of the country is Poland’s beautiful capital.
Population: 37.95 million are said to live in Poland, the sixth most populated country in the EU.
Language: Polish, with some regions speaking Germanic and Russian influenced dialect.
Flag: Red and white with the traditional Polish coat of arms. The red symbolizes the reference to socialism in history.
Nicknamed The Eagles, Poland’s football team have had some great history when it comes to The World Cup. They have finished third in the tournament twice, beaten France 3-2 in 1982 and almost beat the Brazilians, losing by 1 goal in 1938! It has been proven statistically that Poland was in fact the best team in the 1974 World Cup, even though they came in third place. Not bad for a country with the world’s first upside down house!
We hope you enjoyed our blog and whoever you are supporting in The World Cup, wish you the best of luck.