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FIFA World Cup at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Amsterdam

Come and experience an intense quest at Ripley’s Believe It or Not, Amsterdam! It is almost happening! Beginning with this Thursday, we will be in a feast of non-stop football dynamics.

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Let yourself be entertained by true artifacts offered by the museum from Dam Square. Receive a warming welcome from Johan Cruyff, meet Francesco Lentini (the man with 3 legs) and discover his way of playing soccer!

Before knowing the results for this FIFA World Cup, activate your awareness towards the world champions because, Believe It Or Not,  Ripley’s museum hosts an impressive collection of olympic torches (dating from 1960’s till 2000’s).


This year will be the 21st FIFA World Cup. Scheduled to take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July, the competition is among the first to be held in Eastern Europe. The final tournament  comprises 32 national teams. Denmark and Serbia are returning after missing the 2014 tournament. There will be 64 matches to be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities. The final one will take place on 15 July at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow. The winners will qualify for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.



What brings this year ..


For the first time in the history of the FIFA World Cup, all eligible nations, the 209 FIFA member associations entered the qualifying process. Iceland and Panama qualified for the first time, the former becoming the smallest country in terms of population to reach the World Cup. Among the teams which are returning after a long absence we mention: Egypt (after a 28 year absence), Morocco (last competed in 1998), Peru (after a 36 years absence) and Senegal (competing for the second time after reaching the quarter finals in 2002).

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There was a necessity for each team to name a preliminary squad of 35 players. The final

one had to consist of 23 players by 4 June. The players named in the first squad had a rest

period of 6 days ( 21- 27 May 2018).


Material Inovations 


12 stadiums have been built and renovated for this edition of FIFA World Cup at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Amsterdam :


Samara Arena, with a capacity of 45,000 spectators. The construction started officially on 21 July 2014 and it was ended on 21 April 2018.

Nizhny Novgorod Stadium (the project started in 2015 and ended in December, 2017).

Volgogard Arena – It was built on the demolished Central Stadium site and it was commissioned on 3 April, 2018.

Ekaterinburg Arena – with a capacity of 35,000 spectators, the renovation project was  completed in December 2017.

Morodavia Arena – hosted its first match on 21 April 2018.

Rostov Arena – situated on the left bank of the Don River, the stadium construction was completed on 22 December 2017.

Kaliningrad Stadium – the first piles were driven into the ground in September 2015.

Kazan Arena – hosted the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Spartak Stadium – hosted its first match on 5 September 2014.

Fisht Stadium – After Sochi 2014, the arena was prepared to be renovated for the 2017 FIFA

Confederations Cup and 2018 World Cup.

Saint Petersburg Stadium – with a capacity of 67,000.

Luzhniki Stadium – the largest stadium in the country; it was closed for renovation in 2013.

 FIFA World Cup at Ripley’s Believe It or Not Amsterdam 

For the schedule and timings, feel free to visit https://www.telegraph.co.uk


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