The World Cup Is On. Here’s What You Need to Know

Gold Silver Reports (GSR) – Who’s not at the World Cup in Russia? Teams from Italy, the Netherlands and the U.S., which all failed to qualify. Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May, since U.K. officials are boycotting the event. And many of the FIFA members who controversially voted for Russia to host the event, as most of them are now banned from soccer, under investigation for corruption, deceased or have otherwise moved on. Who’s at the monthlong soccerfest? Thirty-two national teams, two all-time-great players (Argentina’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal), hundreds of thousands of foreign fans and, for the first time, a bunch of “video assistant referees.” The world’s most-watched sports event got underway June 14 at Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, the same venue that will stage the July 15 final.

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