The first mascot was World Cup Willie in 1966, take a look at the rest of the World Cup mascots for each tournament.
It wasn't a smooth qualification run, but Japan did what had to be done and qualified for Russia.
Take a look at our history of the World Cup ball as well as looking at what will be used later this year in Russia.
We wrote about the Tottenham shot-stopper back in September 2008. Check it out here.
Colombia just made it into the tournament, with James Rodriguez providing the spark.
Take a look at the history of the World Cup trophy from the Jules Rimet Cup, to the current edition used in the tournament.
Senegal scored two goals in all but one of their qualifying matches, which helped them top their group.
Take a look at our list of the biggest World Cup shocks in the history of the tournament.
Manchester City star David Silva is the focus of our Talent Scout post this week. This piece was published in May 2007.
Robert Lewandowski is at his peak, but the Polish defence seems to leak goals with ease.