NICE LITTLE NUMBER – 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP
jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG 18th July 2018
THOUGHTS FOR THE DAY
1 169 Goals scored
2 64 matches played
3 12 own goals beating previous record of 6 in 1998
4 30.9million people watched the heartbreak defeat for Harry Kane and his men on ITV, surpassing the 30.15million who watched the Den and Angie Watts divorce drama on EastEnders in 1986. Only the 1966 World Cup final and Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997 were watched by more people but they were both shown on BBC and ITV.
5 $14.2 billion estimated cost of staging the World Cup as of June 2018, it is the most expensive World Cup in history, surpassing the cost of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
6 he 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Volunteer Program received about 177,000 applications, and engaged a total of 35,000 volunteers. They received training at 15 Volunteer Centres of the Local Organising Committee based in 15 universities
7 32 – Number of teams at the World Cup finals. Iceland and Panama are making their debut at this year’s tournament.
8 736 – Number of players in those 32 squads, they come from 311 different clubs.
9 5,760 – Minimum (96 Hours)number of minutes of football that could have been played during the tournament.
10 2.4 million – number of tickets sold for games at the World Cup.
11 11 – Number of host cities at the finals in Russia. There are 12 venues, with two located in the capital, Moscow.
12 3 billion – Predicted global television audience that will tune in to watch the World Cup out of a 7bn world population
13 1.6m Sales to date of Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds Three Lions which broke all records by being No.1 for the fourth time on The 2018 FIFA World Cup Final weekend
14 500,000 – estimated number of international tourists visited Russia for the World Cup
15 £84 – price of the cheapest ticket for the final if bought via FIFA
16 £793 – price of the most expensive ticket for the final
17 £19.5 billion – the economic boost the Russian organisers are hoping for as a result of staging the World Cup
18 728 – number of additional train services being put on to transport fans – they’re free with a match ticket and FAN ID.
19 100,000 – estimated number of jobs created by the World Cup, including 13,000 on construction projects
20 7 – goals in the tournament’s highest-scoring games, Belgium’s 5-2 win over Tunisia and England’s 6-1 rout of Panama in Group G and France’s 4-3 win over Argentina in the last 16.
21 10 million pints were sold during the semi-final against Croatia.
22 £30 million estimated that the knockout stage alone may have boosted the economy
23 140% The rise John Lewis reported in television sales on the day of the opening ceremony
24 20,000 strips of St George’s flag bunting sold by ASDA last week, plus 3,000 bandanas and whistles – and other accessories such as masks, novelty hats, facepaints and foam fingers are reportedly flying off the shelves.
25 35% Marks and Spencer said was the rise in waistcoat sales since the beginning of the tournament, and Southgate has been named an unlikely fashion icon.
INSPIRATIONAL QUOTE FOR THE DAY
If you don’t go after what you want you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask the answer is always “No”, if you don’t step forward you’re always in the same place.
Happiness is…idling by the stream in a summer breeze
GRANDAD’S ONE LINER JOKE OF THE DAY
Black Beauty – he’s a dark horse – Tim Vine
Love is…a great way to burn off calories
TRACK OF THE DAY
Summer Breeze – Isley Brothers
Highest Chart Position: No.16 2nd June 1974
©2018 Phil M Robinson