A great many talented strikers have participated in these tournaments, but only seven of them have managed to score more than 10 goals during the World Championship.
Russia's first-ever FIFA World Cup will take place from June 14 to July 15 in 11 cities. Yekaterinburg will host four matches: teams from Egypt and Uruguay will play at Ekaterinburg Arena staium on June 15, France and Pero on June 21, Japan and Senegal on June 24, Mexico and Sweden on June 27.
Themed graffiti dedicated to the World Cup 2018 can be seen on the facades of two houses in the center of Moscow.
Some of the greatest players in the world never played in a World Cup because – like Manchester United legends George Best and Ryan Giggs or Real Madrid's Gareth Bale – their national teams never qualified. But Sputnik looks at five players who lit up the World Cup.
In the run-up to the FIFA 2018 World Cup, which Russia is due to historically host from June 14 to July 15 in 11 cities, Sputnik has spoken to footballer Odil Akhmedov, currently a midfielder for the Chinese club Shanghai SIPG, who previously played for the Anzhi and Krasnodar football clubs.
FIFA World Cup championships have presented different mascots: most of them embody animals which embody the character of the host country, but there are also symbolic persons and even inanimate objects.
While preparations for the upcoming 2018 World Cup are in full swing in Russia, Axel Witsel, a central midfielder for China’s Tianjin Quanjian football club and the Belgium National team, has shared his most enthusiastic remarks about the much-anticipated event in an interview with Sputnik.
The US pop star follows in the footsteps of Shakira and Ricky Martin, unveiling a track entitled "Colors" to be used as the official song of the tournament in Russia this summer.
Welcome to Samara, the capital of the Russian space industry and one of the host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup!
Welcome to Yekaterinburg, the Ural's treasure trove and a host city of the 2018 FIFA World Cup!
Welcome to the heroic city of Volgograd, one of the hosts of the FIFA World Cup 2018!
Welcome to Rostov-on-Don, Russia's southern capital and a host city of the 2018 FIFA World Cup!
Welcome to Saransk, the capital of the Republic of Mordovia and the smallest host city of the 2018 FIFA World Cup!
Welcome to Nizhny Novgorod, the capital of the Volga Region, with its mystical past and sports-oriented future, and host city of the 2018 FIFA World Cup!
Kaliningrad is Russia's amber treasure trove and the most western region of the country. Now it is preparing to host the FIFA World Cup. Group stage matches will take place here in 2018.
Welcome to Kazan, host of 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup matches and host city of the 2018 FIFA World Cup!
Welcome to Sochi, the crown jewel of southern Russia, one of the host cities of the 2018 FIFA World Cup!
Welcome to St. Petersburg, the "northern capital" of Russia and a host city of the 2018 FIFA World Cup!
Welcome to Moscow, the Russian capital and a host city of the 2018 FIFA World Cup!
Group stage games will be played at the all-new Mordovia Arena, whose seating capacity is second only to the Luzhniki and St. Petersburg Stadiums.
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