The German team celebrating its triumph at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Who will be the winner in Russia? Natacha Pisarenko / AP

What You Need to Know About the World Cup, From Nigeria's Jersey to the Iranian Messi

11 facts to get you pumped for the 2018 World Cup – including the candidates for this year’s star and eventual winner

Soccer’s World Cup – the event secretly organized by a cabal of widescreen TV manufacturers and brewers to sell more products – is back, even though it seems like only yesterday that we were laughing at Brazil...

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