FIFA 2018: DRAMA & EXCITEMENT
Luzhniki stadium of Moscow with a capacity of 81,000 people, witnessed one of the most thrilling World Cup finals in football history where France emerged champions after defeating first-time finalists Croatia by a score of 4-2 to claim the second World Cup title in their history and their first one in 20 years. The match between them was interesting because of their contrasting styles of play. The FIFA World Cup 2018 was one of the world's most exciting sporting events with a final match viewership of approximately 900M online viewers worldwide. On the other hand, the viewership for the final match between France and Croatia had 15.8 million impressions in a country like India, where cricket is celebrated as a festival. With the penetration of OTT platforms such as Sony LIV amongst others, it became easier to catch the attention of the audiences all over the world. We have an average of one billion viewers worldwide for OTT streaming, demonstrating the magnitude of the World Cup and its popularity. Social media too plays an influential role in attracting the world towards the World Cup as it is the only platform where the sports stars, clubs and fans get the chance of interacting with one another.
A professional athlete competes individually or as a part of a team in organized sports. For that, we performed a research study based on each teams' traveling distance. We calculated aerial distance covered for each team just to compare the journeys of each team's group stage matches in order to analyze whether travel times might have an effect on the team’s performance or success during the tournament. Among all the 32 teams, Colombia traveled the shortest distance whereas the team which covered the furthest distance was Egypt. Results show that players perform worse after covering long distances and Jetlag has an impact on players' performance.
The 32 teams which took part in the World Cup played a combined total of 64 matches across 11 cities and 12 stadiums in Russia whilst scoring a total number of 169 goals with an average of 2.64 goals per match. There were nine winning goals scored in the 90th minute or later in the tournament, excluding extra-time. Kylian Mbappe bagged the youngest player award at the World Cup and the tournament ended up with a lot of brilliant performances from several players and may symbolize with some remarkable moments.Download Report