Sharing the Passion of the World Cup of Soccer

By June 8, 2018Prestigio

The temperature of fans all over the globe is beginning to rise as Football Fever sets in, in anticipation of the

2018 FIFA World Cup.

Prestigio shares your passion and we’ve prepared this “get-ready guide” to give you everything you need to know about this year’s tournament as well as some fun facts.


How many people will be watching across the globe, in Africa & in South Africa?

Worldwide Eyes on the Screen: Over 3.2 billion viewers are expected to be watching the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ worldwide with over 1 billion watching the final alone.

Football Fans Around the World:
• Asia with over 758 Million viewers
• Europe with over 548 Million viewers
• South America with over 310 Million viewers
• Africa & the Middle East with over 254 Million viewers
• North, Central America, & Caribbean with over 247 Million viewers

Spotlight on South Africa Coverage:
• FIFA expects this year’s cup to reach an expected audience of 27.5 million viewers!
• Peak match audience will be around 7.9 million viewers.
• Over 1,973 hours of match time will be broadcasted!

*stats based on 2014 viewership.


Mobile Viewing of The Soccer World Cup!

More fans than ever are using new technology to their advantage. An estimated 280 million people watched cup matches online or with a mobile device in 2014, a number sure to rise dramatically in 2018!


Soccer World Cup Hashtags

To keep up with the latest news follow these 2 hashtags used by the official account @FIFAWorldCup.
• #WorldCup
• #GreatestTeams


Which South African Radio Stations will be broadcasting World Cup Soccer commentary? Can these be streamed?

SABC stations will broadcast live match commentary. SABC reports coverage on 19 stations in 11 official languages. Check out streaming options which are available for some but not all SABC radio stations.

Not finding what you are looking for on SABC channels? Consider using an APP on your Tablet or Smartphone. The App TuneIn allows you to listen to radio stations around the world including live sport broadcasts.

Prestigio devices has a full Google Certification, which is a guarantee that our devices can run any App [Such as TuneIn] from the Google Playstore!


Which TV Channels have World Cup Soccer broadcast rights in South Africa?

Two providers have broadcasting rights for FIFA World cup 2018. These are DSTV (SuperSport) & SABC. The SABC reports that they will be broadcasting 44 games live across several channels.


You don’t have to wait for the games to start!

SuperSport is already starting the footie madness with a dedicated channel just for the World Cup. It is currently showing soccer related content including great legacy footage, highlights, documentaries, Fifa films, classic matches, as well as player and coach interviews. This channel will also feature warm-ups to matches to get you in the vibe before anticipated matches!


What is the time difference between RSA & Russia?

Don’t forget to be mindful about international time zones when deciphering match schedules and planning to watch matches live. Games are to be played in tournament stadiums spread across four different time zones.

• Kaliningrad (GMT+2) = Same as south Africa
• Moscow (GMT + 3) = 1 hour ahead of South Africa
• Samara (GMT + 4) = 2 hours ahead of South Africa
• Yekaterinburg (GMT +5) = 3 hours ahead of South Africa

Find Match Schedules here.

NOTE: This page allows you to view match schedules as scheduled in Russia OR as they will be shown in your time zone!


What is the starting day & the final day of the World Cup of Soccer

• Fifa World Cup 2018 Opening Ceremony Date June 14, 2018. Held in Luzhniki Stadium at 17h00 South African time.

Whistle blows for the first match at 17h00 South African time on 14 June 2018. The first game will begin with a contest between Russia vs. Saudi Arabia.

• Group stages are predicted to finish by June 28, 2018.
• The last 16 matches i.e. knockout stages are expected to begin June 30th

Final Match to be held on July 15, 2018 July. Hosted at Luzhniki Stadium at 17h00 South African time.


World Cup Soccer STATS to Know

Players with most World Cup Goals
Miroslav Klose – Matches Played: 24- Goals Scored: 16
Ronaldo – Matches Played: 19 – Goals Scored: 15
Gerd Mueller – Matches Played: 13 – Goals Scored: 14

Goalkeepers with the most clean sheets (matches without conceding)
Peter Shilton – England – 10 Games
Fabian Barthez – France- 10 Games

Players who have played in the most World Cups
Antonio Carbajal – Mexico – 5 World Cup Tournaments
Lothar Matthaeus – Germany – 5 World Cup Tournaments
Gianluigi Buffon – Italian – 5 World Cup Tournaments

Players who have played in the most World Cup Matches
Lothar Matthaeus – Germany – 25 World Cup Matches
Miroslav Klose – Germany – 24 World Cup Matches

Youngest Player ever in the World Cup
Norman Whiteside – Northern Ireland – 17 Years of Age

Oldest Player ever in the World Cup
Faryd Mondragon – Columbia – 43 Years of Age

Players with the most cards
Zinedane Zidane – France – 6 Total Cards
Rafuel Marquez – Mexico – 6 Total Cards
Cafu – Brazil – 6 Total Cards

Teams with the most victories
Brazil – 5 World Cup Wins
Italy – 4 World Cup Wins
Germany – 4 World Cup Wins
Uruguay – 2 World Cup Wins

World Cup Fun Facts
• World Cup 2018 is the 1st ever World Cup tournament to be held in Eastern Europe
• Countries Iceland and Panama will be making their first-ever cup appearances
• Official Match Ball of the 2018 cup is called the “Telstar 18”



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