If you’re watching the World Cup games – or at least watching the United States team World Cup games – here are some fast facts that will make you sound like soccer genius to your friends:

  • The average player runs about seven miles during the course of a game. And, referees end up running even more.
          
  • There are 12 different stadiums hosting games in Brazil, with seating capacity ranging from about to 43,000 to almost 77,000. The stadiums have been an average of 92.8 percent full in the early round of the tournament.
       
  • Most oddsmakers currently have Brazil to win the 2014 tournament, followed by Germany, Argentina, and Spain.
       
  • 3.2 billion people around the world watched the last World Cup final, nearly half the planet’s population. (Today)

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