Things to know ahead of Russia 2018

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Here are then things you need to know of the 2018 World Cup in Russia

**Winning the World Cup final means $38 million in prize money. To be fair, losing it means $28 million so, that's some consolation. Just making the group stage is worth $8 million. All in all, there's 12 percent more prize money on offer than for the 2014 tournament. Where does it all come from?

**If Germany win, each of their players will get €350,000. Not bad.

**Russia is the world's largest country in terms of area, spanning across 11 time zones. Only four will be relevant for the World Cup though. Still, four time zones...

**Worth mentioning that perhaps Morocco should also do some thinking. None of their 12 World Cup goals has come from a set-piece.

**Group D (Argentina, Nigeria, Iceland, Croatia) is one very exciting group.

**Egyptian excitement. Perhaps the best and most dramatic qualifying campaign of all the teams was Egypt's. Needing a win in their final game, Egypt conceded an equalizer in the 88th minute. In injury time, they won a penalty and Mo Salah converted to win the game and seal the country's World Cup qualification for the first time since 1990.

**Uruguay's head coach, Oscar Tabarez, will be at his fourth World Cup - more than any other coach at the tournament.

**The World Cup is expected to cost Russia close to $12 billion. This is still a couple billion fewer than Brazil spent four years ago, but is over half a billion more than they expected to spend. Who knows what the final bill will look like?

**Ticket prices range from €85 ($105) to €892 for the final. Russian residents will be able to obtain cheaper tickets with prices starting at €19. This is higher than four years ago - with the cheapest group stage matches in Brazil costing €69 and the most expensive final tickets costing €730.

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