The 2018 and 2014 World Cups

Welcome to the guide to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and a look back to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil

This site, World Cup: The Guide, when launched in 2013 was aimed to help fans to quickly and easily discover where they needed to travel to in Brazil and how to best enjoy the FIFA World Cup in 2014. It also explained how fans should plan and what they should see and do while they were in Brazil. No fuss, no puff, just what people actually needed to know at the time of the World Cup, be it that they were in the region at the time on business or leisure.

With the end of the tournament – won by Germany on 13 July 2014 – this site became a record and the story of the 2014 World Cup, a tournament that is being viewed as the greatest World Cup ever.

The pages linked to the 2014 World Cup are now be archived to read at your leisure as we prepare for the 21st FIFA World Cup that will be staged in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. Just click on “2014 World Cup

Make sure you check “Latest News” to see how the tournament developed and how the 2018 FIFA World Cup is developing.

russia_2018_fifa_patternThere is some continuity between Russia and Brazil. For example, other than host Russia, Brazil was the first country to qualify for the 2018 tournament. We also now know that 20 of the teams who played in Brazil will be among the 32 sides playing in Russia.

Those 32 teams are (with their FIFA ranking at October 2017) are:

  1. Argentina (4) – Finalist – Runner-up in Brazil
  2. Australia  (43) – Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil
  3. Belgium (5) – Quarter finalist in Brazil
  4. Brazil (2) – Semi finalist- 4th place in Brazil
  5. Colombia (13) – Quarter finalist in Brazil
  6. Costa Rica (22) – Quarter finalist in Brazil
  7. Croatia (18) – Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil
  8. Denmark (19) – Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2010
  9. Egypt (30) – Last played in the World Cup Finals in 1990
  10. England (12) – Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil
  11. France (7) – Quarter finalist in Brazil
  12. Germany (1) – Finalist – 2014 World Champions in Brazil
  13. Iceland (21) – First World Cup Finals appearance
  14. Iran (31) – Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil
  15. Japan (44) – Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil
  16. Mexico (16) – Knocked out in the round of 16 in Brazil
  17. Morocco (48) – Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2010
  18. Nigeria (41) – Knocked out in the round of 16 in Brazil
  19. Panama (49) – First World Cup Finals appearance
  20. Peru (10) – Last played in the World Cup Finals in 1982
  21. Poland (6) – Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2006
  22. Portugal (3) – Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil
  23. Russia (65) – Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil
  24. Saudi Arabia (63) – Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2006
  25. Senegal (32) – Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2002
  26. Serbia (38) – Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2010
  27. South Korea (62) – Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil
  28. Spain (8) – Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil
  29. Sweden (25) – Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2006
  30. Switzerland (11) – Knocked out in the round of 16 in Brazil
  31. Tunisia (28) – Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2006
  32. Uruguay (17) – Knocked out in the round of 16 in Brazil

The October 2017 edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking has been used to allocate all qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russia, who take the top seeding spot.

The pots are:

POT 1 POT 2 POT 3 POT 4
Russia  Spain Denmark Serbia
Germany Peru Iceland Nigeria
Brazil Switzerland Costa Rica Australia
Portugal England Sweden Japan
Argentina Colombia Tunisia Morocco
Belgium Mexico Egypt Panama
Poland Uruguay Senegal Korea Republic
France Croatia Iran Saudi Arabia

No teams from the same confederation, with the exception of UEFA, which could have up to two teams in the same group, will be drawn into the same group.

The Final Draw takes place on Friday 1 December at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.

The official sites for the 2018 FIFA World Cup are:


Here is how the BBC in Britain summed up the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil:

2014fwc_op_reg_4c_s.inddBrazil, a country synonymous with the brilliance of its football team, hosted the FIFA World Cup  from 12 June to 13 July 2014, and in the final Germany beat Argentina to win its fourth title. In 2016 the country hosted the Olympic (5-21 August) and Paralympic games (7-18 September) in Rio de Janeiro, although the Olympic football tournament was also played in the World Cup stadiums in Brasilia, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte and Salvador. Brazil finally won the men’s Olympic gold, the only title missing from the country’s collection  of major titles.


The 32 teams to play at the 2014 FIFA World Cup were (and what happened):

  1. Algeria – Knocked out in the round of 16
  2. Argentina – Finalist – Runner-up
  3. Australia – Knocked out at the group stage
  4. Belgium – Quarter finalist
  5. Bosnia-Herzegovina – Knocked out at the group stage
  6. Brazil – Semi finalist- 4th place
  7. Cameroon – Knocked out at the group stage
  8. Chile – Knocked out in the round of 16
  9. ColombiaQuarter finalist
  10. Costa Rica – Quarter finalist
  11. Croatia – Knocked out at the group stage
  12. Ecuador – Knocked out at the group stage
  13. England – Knocked out at the group stage
  14. France Quarter finalist
  15. Germany – Finalist – 2014 World Champions
  16. Ghana – Knocked out at the group stage
  17. Greece – Knocked out in the round of 16
  18. Honduras – Knocked out at the group stage
  19. Iran – Knocked out at the group stage
  20. Italy – Knocked out at the group stage
  21. Ivory Coast – Knocked out at the group stage
  22. Japan – Knocked out at the group stage
  23. Mexico – Knocked out in the round of 16
  24. Netherlands – Semi-finalist – 3rd place
  25. Nigeria – Knocked out in the round of 16
  26. Portugal – Knocked out at the group stage
  27. Russia – Knocked out at the group stage
  28. South Korea – Knocked out at the group stage
  29. Spain – Knocked out at the group stage
  30. Switzerland – Knocked out in the round of 16
  31. USA – Knocked out in the round of 16
  32. Uruguay – Knocked out in the round of 16

Congrats Germany

 

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