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FIFA World Cup 2018, prelude to Gulangyu Cup in Xiamen

Updated: 2018-05-25
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The 2018 FIFA World Cup final tournament will be played in Russia from June 14th to July 15th, 2018.

Here's a look at some of the elements that define the FIFA World Cup 2018:

Meet the 32 finalists for Russia 2018!

Qualification for the 2018 World Cup  was several tournaments organised by six football confederations to decide 31 of the 32 places available for the World Cup. Russia, as hosts, did not need to qualify.
Scan the QR code to learn detailed  match schedule among the 32 teams

The name's Telstar 18. Adidas Telstar 18. Nothing grabs more attention in a World Cup than the official match ball. It is a reloaded avatar of the match ball of the 1970 World Cup. The original Telstar had 32 panels—the new one has only six, and they are not stitched but glued together.  "It also includes an embedded NFC chip, which enables consumers to interact with the ball using a smartphone," says the FIFA website.
The FIFA World Cup 2018 trophy and the official ball—Telstar 18

"The one who scores". That's what the name of the mascot—Zabivaka—means in Russian. For a wolf, Zabivaka is adorable. All mascots are, anyway. Zabivaka, which was designed by a student Ekaterina Bocharova, got 53 per cent of the over one million votes that were cast over a month on the FIFA website.Zabivaka is always seen wearing orange sports glasses along with a pair of red shorts and a white T-shirt with blue sleeves—the official colours of the Russian flag.The FIFA introduces him thus, "He might be the youngest player in the squad, but you won’t find anyone faster, bolder or more skilful with a football."



For this generation, the official anthem of a FIFA World Cup would bring to mind a handsome Ricky Martin going Ale! Ale! Ale! Or, more recently, Shakira swaying to Waka Waka. While Martin's The Cup of Life was the official anthem of the 1998 World Cup, Waka Waka (This time for Africa) was for the 2010 edition. This year, it is the turn of American singer Jason Gerulo's Colors to do the honours. His real name is Jason Joel Desrouleaux and he has collaborated with Nicki Minaj and Pitbull. Colors, as the title suggests, deals with multiculturalism and urges the world to embrace diversity.
Gulangyu Cup International Football Clubs Tournament
Gulangyu Version of World Cup
As an annual football competition on the scenic and historic Gulangyu Island, the 2018 Gulangyu Cup International Football Clubs Tournament is scheduled to kick off on June 23rd at the Gulangyu People's Stadium this year, promising a tour of sporting fun on the island.
Since its beginning in 2012, the annual tournament has been jointly organized by What's on Xiamen (WOX) and the Xiamen International Football Club (XMIFC).

Stay tuned for more details about the 2018 Gulangyu Cup.
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