2018 World Cup

The 21st FIFA World Cup will be staged in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. The Final Draw took place on Friday, 1 December at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.

To look at the schedule of games for the 2018 World Cup click on the following

There 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 ther 32 sides playing in Russia.

Those 32 teams (and theire FIFA ranking in 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. 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 to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, after hosts Russia, who take the top seeding spot.

The pots were:

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, could be drawn into the same group.

The result of the draw was:

As the host and A1, Russia will kick off the tournament in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium against A2, Saudi Arabia at 18.00 local time on 14 June 2018.

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