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The history of the FIFA World Cup

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Russia v Croatia: Quarter Final - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Every four years, something huge happens. And we’re not talking about a presidential election, or the Winter Olympics, or the Summer Olympics, or a new trailer for, like, Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

This week on The History of Fun, we’re talking about the FIFA World Cup, baby. For several weeks every few years, we’re all consumed by soccer — nay, football. So in honor of the upcoming finals (and Chris Plante taking a vacation, lucky guy), we brought in Polygon’s footie expert Colin Campbell to teach us about the long history of the World Cup.

Here’s what else to expect going into this episode, below: a dog named Pickles, highly specific sports games knowledge and lots of pride for team England.

Special thanks to everyone who participated in our segment, Reader Only Memories, wherein we share listener stories about the topic at hand. Here is the full thread of responses:

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