The World Cup, also known as the Mundial or Copa do Mundo, has been held 19 times since it inaugural tournament in 1930.
Quick Fact 764: Most of the earliest forms of football were named thus, not because you kicked a ball with your foot, but because they were played on foot.
Peasants played most of their sports on foot; aristocrats played many of theirs on horseback.
The 2018 World Cup qualification begun from 12 March 2015 and last match will be played on 10 October 2017.
Check out the total number of teams and match dates of Asian qualifiers right over here in full information.
Teams ranked from 1st to 34th in Asia received bye whereas teams ranked from 35 to 46 will compete in first round.
Asian teams received bye: Iran, Japan, South Korea, Uzbekistan, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Jordan, China, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Kuwait, Philippines, Maldives, Vietnam, Myanmar, Afghanistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, North Korea, Syria, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Laos, Guam, Bangladesh.
Quick Fact 763: There has always been a European team in the FIFA World Cup finals with the exceptions of the first World Cup, when Uruguay beat Argentina 4-2 in the final, and in the 1950 World Cup, when Uruguay won the trophy again, despite there being no official World Cup final match in that tournament.
The winner was decided by a final round-robin group consisting of four teams, with the top teams being Uruguay and Brazil.
Angola, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Serbia and Montenegro, Trinidad and Tobago, and Togo made their first appearances in the finals.