Get your car flags and office sweepstake kits ready - the World Cup is here! A month like no other in the football calendar, the FIFA showpiece competition has been capturing the imagination of millions of people around the globe since its inception in 1930. To celebrate this year's tournament in Russia, here at Peak we're taking a look at the data (naturally) - each matchday we'll be revealing a new interesting World Cup stat or fact. Presenting the World Cup in numbers...
At the time of writing (before the 2018 tournament's opening game), there have been a total of 2,379 goals scored at the FIFA World Cup. Recent World Cup tournaments have been very generous in terms of goals - who can forget Germany's 7-1 demolition of 2014 hosts Brazil? - and here's hoping for more action-packed matches in Russia.
AGE IS JUST A NUMBER
After playing in Egypt's defeat to Saudi Arabia, goalkeeper Essam El-Hadars, aged 45 years and five months, has set a new record for being the oldest-ever player to appear at the World Cup finals (surpassing former Colombian goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, who was 43 when he played at Brazil 2014.)
QUICK OFF THE MARK
It took Turkish striker Hakan Sukur just 10.89 seconds to break the deadlock against South Korea in the 2002 third-place play-off fixture. Check the goal out here - Turkey went on to win the game against the tournament's joint-host nation by three goals to two.
WHOSE ROUND IS IT?
Supporting your team can be thirsty work - so much so that it's estimated a staggering 14 million extra pints will be consumed by England fans during this year's World Cup group stages. According to the British Beer and Pub Association, this could boost the UK's economy by as much as £42 million!
SPLASHING THE CASH
It's been reported that this year's tournament has cost Russia nearly £10 billion to host, making it the most expensive tournament in World Cup history. Well, I guess getting Robbie Williams to perform at the opening ceremony can't have been cheap, right?
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Hungry? You will be after reading today's World Cup stat! According to the records, a whopping 390,060 were consumed by hungry football fans at the 2010 tournament in South Africa.
AN EARLY BATH
Talk about leaving your mark on the opposition early on! It look Uruguay's Jose Batista less than a minute - 56 seconds to be precise - to be shown a straight red card in their 1986 World Cup clash with Scotland.
The highest-ever scoring World Cup fixture was played out between Austria and hosts Switzerland in 1954. The Austrians triumphed by seven goals to five in the tournament's quarter-final, before being knocked out in the next round by eventual winners West Germany.
Did you know that every World Cup-winning coach has been the same nationality as the team he was managing?
There's an incredible 17,040 volunteers helping out at this year's World Cup in Russia in all kinds of different ways, from transport assistance and media relations to translation services and fan safety. Those volunteers hail from 112 different countries worldwide!
GOOD OLD GARY
Six goals for everyone's favourite presenter/crisp enthusiast Gary Lineker were enough for him to claim the Golden Boot award at the Mexico 1986 Wold Cup. He remains the only Englishman to have ever won the accolade - over to you, Harry Kane...
Make sure you come back on the next matchday for some more World Cup-themed facts and stats!