Fifa World Cup 2018 by the numbers – 100,000 crayfish, 2.4 million tickets and 700,000 footballs
Everything you need to know about Russia’s festival of football, from players and fans to kits and gambling
There’s nothing like a World Cup to get you salivating over statistics – whether that’s passing percentages or your fantasy football team, the modern game is all about the numbers.
Here are some from Russia 2018.
100,000 – Number of crayfish sent from China to Russia to meet the demand of Chinese football fans during their visit.
2 – Days before first match that Spain sacked manager Julen Lopetegui.
5 – Number of Asian Football Confederation teams at the tournament, a record.
4 – Number of time zones in which matches will be held
4,281 – Average distance in miles of the World Cup’s 11 stadiums from Hong Kong.
8 – Number of players at the World Cup who play in the Chinese Super League, although Serbia’s Dusko Tosic will join his new club Guangzhou R&F after the tournament.
90 – Number of players included in the official Panini World Cup sticker album that were not included in their squads for the tournament.
7 – Number of days without matches during the 32 days of the tournament.
186 – Number of players at Russia 2018 who were also at Brazil 2014.
11 – Age of our animal oracle, Datou the dog.
88,825 – Number of tickets bought by fans from the USA, the second largest number behind Russians, who bought 871,797.
45 – Age of Egyptian goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary. It’s his first ever World Cup and he is six years older than the next oldest player, Rafa Marquez of Mexico.
16 – Number of Manchester City players who have been called up to squads at this World Cup. This is more than both Real Madrid (15) and Barcelona (14).
32 – Number of teams at the World Cup finals. Iceland and Panama are making their debut at this year’s tournament.
736 – Number of players in those 32 squads.
5,760 – Minimum number of minutes of football that will be played during the tournament.
HK$320,000 – Value of 354 illegal set-top boxes seized by Hong Kong customs in raids in Wan Chai and Sham Shui Po as they cracked down ahead of the World Cup.
HK$35,000-50,00 0 – Price Hong Kong bar owners have been quoted for NowTV packages, which is why some have refused to pay and will not be showing the World Cup.
HK$1.3 million – Value of illegal betting slips found by prison officers in Hong Kong jails.
2.4 million – number of tickets sold for games at the World Cup.
1,533 – number of Fifa Fan IDs that were applied for by Hong Kong residents. The passes allow you free travel from host cities.
HK$0 – Cost of a Fan ID.
HK$1,850 – Amount spent by our reporter to fill the official Panini Fifa World Cup sticker album.
1 – Number of stickers missing from the album.
20 – Number of group stage matches where tickets are still available.
100,000 – Number of Chinese tourists expected to be making their way to the World Cup this summer.
22 – Number of teams that will wear Adidas or Nike kits in Russia. All of them are available in Hong Kong.
700,000 – Number of footballs produced in a month at the Pakistan factory where the Adidas Telstar 18 official match ball was manufactured. The sportswear giant would not reveal how many World Cup balls they have had made for Russia.
3 billion – Predicted global television audience that will tune in to watch the World Cup.