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

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.

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 The pages linked to the 2014 World Cup have been archived to read at your leisure.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

To look at the schedule of games and the results from the 2018 FIFA World Cup click on the following

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. In total, 20 of the teams who played in Brazil are among the 32 sides playing in Russia.

Those 32 teams are (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) – 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. Korea Republic (62) – Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil
  17. Mexico (16) – Knocked out in the round of 16 in Brazil
  18. Morocco (48) – Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2010
  19. Nigeria (41) – Knocked out in the round of 16 in Brazil
  20. Panama (49) – First World Cup Finals appearance
  21. Peru (10) – Last played in the World Cup Finals in 1982
  22. Poland (6) – Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2006
  23. Portugal (3) – Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil
  24. Russia (65) – Knocked out at the group stage in Brazil
  25. Saudi Arabia (63) – Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2006
  26. Senegal (32) – Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2002
  27. Serbia (38) – Last played in the World Cup Finals in 2010
  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 was used to allocate all qualified teams into the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russia, who took the top seeding spot. The result of the draw, that took place in Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace on 1 December 2017, was:

The official sites for the 2018 FIFA World Cup are:

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

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

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