The 2018 and 2014 World Cups

Welcome to the guide to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia and  the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Launched in 2013, World Cup: The Guide, 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 was linked to its sister sites http://www.braziltheguide.com and http://www.riotheguide.com.

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 considered by many to be the greatest World Cup ever. The pages linked to the 2014 World Cup have been archived to read at your leisure. Just click on “2014 World Cup

The site is now also a look back over the 2018 World Cup. To look at the schedule of games and the results from the 2018  tournament, which was won on 15 July by France that beat Croatia 4-2 in the final, click on the following

russia_2018_fifa_patternThere was some continuity between Russia and Brazil. For example, other than host Russia, Brazil was the first country to qualify for the 2018 tournament. In total, 20 of the teams that played in Brazil were among the 32 sides playing in Russia, including both finalists France and Croatia.

Those 32 teams were (with their FIFA ranking at October 2017, which was used for the draw, and how they performed in 2014 in Brazil) are:

  1. Argentina (4) – Knocked out in the round of 16. (Finalist – Runner-up in Brazil)
  2. Australia  (43) – Knocked out at the group stage. (Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil)
  3. Belgium (5) – Semi finalist – 3rd plac. (Quarter finalist in Brazil)
  4. Brazil (2) – Quarter finalist. (Semi finalist- 4th place in Brazil)
  5. Colombia (13) – Knocked out in the round of 16. (Quarter finalist in Brazil)
  6. Costa Rica (22) – Knocked out at the group stage. (Quarter finalist in Brazil)
  7. Croatia (18) – Finalist – Runner up (Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil)
  8. Denmark (19) – Knocked out in the round of 16. (Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2010)
  9. Egypt (30) – Knocked out at the group stage. (Last played in the World Cup Finals in 1990)
  10. England (12) –Semi Finalist – 4th place.  (Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil)
  11. France (7) – Finalist – 2018 World Champions (Quarter finalist in Brazil)
  12. Germany (1) – Knocked out at the group stage. (Finalist – 2014 World Champions in Brazil)
  13. Iceland (21) – Knocked out at the group stage. (First World Cup Finals appearance)
  14. Iran (31) – Knocked out at the group stage. (Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil)
  15. Japan (44) – Knocked out in the round of 16. (Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil)
  16. Korea Republic (62) – Knocked out at the group stage. (Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil)
  17. Mexico (16) – Knocked out in the round of 16. (Knocked out in the round of 16 in Brazil)
  18. Morocco (48) – Knocked out at the group stage. (Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2010)
  19. Nigeria (41) – Knocked out at the group stage. (Knocked out in the round of 16 in Brazil)
  20. Panama (49) – Knocked out at the group stage. (First World Cup Finals appearance)
  21. Peru (10) – Knocked out at the group stage. (Last played in the World Cup Finals in 1982)
  22. Poland (6) – Knocked out at the group stage. (Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2006)
  23. Portugal (3) – Knocked out in the round of 16. (Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil)
  24. Russia (65) – Quarter finalist. (Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil)
  25. Saudi Arabia (63) – Knocked out at the group stage. (Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2006)
  26. Senegal (32) – Knocked out at the group stage. (Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2002)
  27. Serbia (38) – Knocked out at the group stage. (Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2010)
  28. Spain (8) – Knocked out in the round of 16. (Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil)
  29. Sweden (25) – Quarter finalist. (Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2006)
  30. Switzerland (11) – Knocked out in the round of 16. (Knocked out in the round of 16 in Brazil)
  31. Tunisia (28) – Knocked out at the group stage. (Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2006)
  32. Uruguay (17) – Quarter finalist. (Knocked out in the round of 16 in Brazil)

 

Make sure you check “Latest News” to see how the 2022 and 2026 FIFA World Cups are developing and how the tournaments in Russia and Brazil developed.

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

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