World Cup fever started to build up on Friday with the groups being draw in Moscow, Russia for the 2018 tournament.

European champions Portugal will battle it out against their neighbouring country Spain, along with Morocco and Iran.

Meanwhile, Iceland were drawn into Group D will face Argentina, Croatia, and Nigeria in their first ever World Cup.

World Champions Germany will need to first get passed the Mexicans, Swedish, and South Koreans if they want to retain their title.

Overall, this World Cup definitely has an “anything can happen” feel to it, especially with the likes of Italy, Chile, Netherlands, USA and Wales all not making the competition.

It should be an exciting summer for football fans around the world.

Group A

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Russia - 65th

Uraguay - 21st

Egypt - 31st

Saudi Arabia - 63rd


  • Egypt are making their second appearance in the World Cup finals. The last time they qualified was way back in 1990.
  • Saudi Arabian striker Mohammed Al-Sahlawi finished joint-first in goals during World Cup qualifying with 16 goals.
  • Hosts Russia are the lowest ranked team in the tournament.

Here we have our hosts matched up in what could be seen as an easier group. A country that could turn heads and surprise in the group would be Egypt. They have Mo Salah playing for them who is currently scoring freely for Liverpool.

Matchday One

Russia v Saudi Arabia

Egypt v Uruguay

Matchday Two

Russia v Egypt

Uruguay v Saudi Arabia

Matchday Three

Uruguay vs Russia

Saudi Arabia vs Egypt

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Group B

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Portugal - 3rd

Spain - 6th

Morocco - 40th

Iran - 32nd


  • Portugal were a top seeded team for the first time in World Cup history
  • Iranian manager Carlos Queiroz managed Portugal at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
  • Morocco didn’t concede a goal in qualifying in a group with the Ivory Coast and Gabon.

We have the current Euro champions in with a strong team in Spain. Really have to feel for Morocco and Iran due to them needing results to go in their favour and upsets for them to make it to the round of 16.

Matchday One

Morocco v Iran

Portugal vs Spain

Matchday Two

Portugal vs Morocco

Spain vs Iran

Matchday Three

Morocco vs Spain

Portugal vs Iran

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Group C

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France - 9th

Peru - 11th

Denmark - 12th

Australia - 39th

Here we have an interesting group that will have a good battle for the runner up place. The Euro runner ups France will be heavy favourites in the group and for the tournament itself. Watching the battle between Peru and Denmark to be the talking point and eyes on matchday one.


  • Denmark are making their first World Cup appearance since 2010 where they failed to make it to the knockout stages.
  • Peru became the fifth South American team to qualify for the World Cup after defeating New Zealand in a two-legged playoff game.
  • Group C is the only group with three teams ranked higher than 15th in the FIFA rankings France (9th), Peru (11th), and Denmark (12th).

Matchday One

France vs Australia

Peru vs Denmark

Matchday Two

France vs Peru

Denmark vs Australia

Matchday Three

France vs Denmark

Australia vs Peru


Group D

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Argentina - 4th

Iceland - 22nd

Croatia - 17th

Nigeria - 50th

This group consists the runners up of the last World Cup in Argentina who are looking to win it this year with Messi. The small nation of Iceland took many by surprise in the Euros with a strong showing. They will be challenging Croatia for the runner up spot to make it to the round of 16.


  • Iceland have qualified for their first ever World Cup.
  • All four teams have little history against one and other. Croatia and Nigeria have never met in international play before and the same can be said about Iceland and Argentina.
  • John Obi Mikel captains the Nigerian national team and has plenty of experience at both club and national level.

Matchday One

Argentina vs Iceland

Croatia vs Nigeria

Matchday Two

Argentina vs Croatia

Nigeria vs Iceland

Matchday Three

Nigeria v Argentina

Iceland v Croatia


Group E

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Brazil - 2nd

Switzerland - 8th

Costa Rica - 26th

Serbia - 37th

Brazil will lead the way in Group E, but besides them the other three teams will find themselves fairly even. Switzerland will be the favourites to qualify for the knockout rounds, however, lets not forget what Costa Rica did back in 2014. As for Serbia, they have a solid defensive unit after averaging only one goal against per game in qualifying.


  • Serbia qualify for their second World Cup tournament as an independent nation.
  • Brazil were the second team to qualify for the 2018 tournament (Second to hosts Russia)
  •  Costa Rica will be looking to make it the knockout stages for the second straight World Cup.

Matchday One

Costa Rica vs Serbia

Brazil vs Switzerland

Matchday Two

Brazil vs Costa Rica

Serbia vs Switzerland

Matchday Three

Serbia vs Brazil

Switzerland vs Costa Rica

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Group F

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Germany - 1st

Mexico - 16th

Sweden - 18th

South Korea - 59th

Many fans are calling group f this summers “Group of Death”. With World Champions Germany the top seeded team, and the likes of Mexico - a team who are always a tough opponent - Sweden - who knocked out Italy - and South Korea - the only Asian team to make it to a World Cup semi final - you can see why. Every game will be extremely competitive with no win guaranteed.


  • Only group in which all four teams have hosted a World Cup.
  • Sweden eliminated four time World Cup winners Italy on their Road to Russia.
  • Germany entire the World Cup as favourites to win it all.

Matchday One

Germany vs Mexico

Sweden vs South Korea

Matchday Two

Germany vs Sweden

South Korea vs Mexico

Matchday Three

South Korea vs Germany

Mexico vs Sweden

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Group G

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Belguim - 5th

Panama - 56th

Tunisia - 27th

England - 15th

It’ll be exciting to watch both England and Belgium battle it out on match day three to decide who wins the group. Tunisia and Panama, unfortunately for them, do not compare with the star power of both the European nations. Those two teams will likely earn respect from the fans rather than a victory over either England or Belgium.


  • England, Belgium, and Tunisia all went unbeaten in the qualifying rounds.
  • The last time England and Tunisia played against each other in a World Cup England manager Gareth Southgate was part of the England squad.
  • Panama were the only team to make it to Russia will a negative goal difference.

Matchday One

Belgium vs Panama

Tunisia vs England

Matchday Two

Belgium vs Tunisia

England vs Panama

Matchday Three

England vs Belgium

Tunisia vs Panama



Group H

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Poland - 7th

Senegal - 23rd

Columbia - 13th

Japan - 55th

This will be a fun group to watch with no real top team in the foursome. Poland and Columbia will be favourite to go through, but don’t count out Senegal or Japan. Senegal will be lead Liverpool forward Sadio Mane whilst the Japanese will want to maintain their good form from the qualifying rounds. Overall, this group has plenty of star power and each team; if there is one group that will see an unlikely team make it to the knockout stages it’ll be this one.


  • Group H is the only group in the tournament without a previous World Cup winner.
  • Senegal will enter only their second ever World Cup finals in Russia
  • Japan topped their qualifying group finishing above fellow World Cup qualifiers Saudi Arabia and Australia.

Matchday One

Poland vs Senegal

Colombia vs Japan

Matchday Two

Japan vs Senegal

Poland vs Colombia

Matchday Three

Japan vs Poland

Colombia vs Senegal



Knockout Stage


Round of 16

Uruguay vs Portugal

France vs Argentina

Brazil vs Mexico

Belgium vs Poland

Spain vs Egypt

Croatia vs Denmark

Germany vs Switzerland

Colombia vs England

Quarter Finals

Uruguay vs France

Brazil vs Poland

Spain vs Denmark

Germany vs England

Semi Finals

France vs Brazil

Spain vs Germany


Brazil vs Germany


Round of 16

Uruguay vs Portugal

France vs Croatia

Brazil vs Sweden

Belgium vs Poland

Spain vs Russia

Argentina vs Denmark

Germany vs Costa Rica

Columbia vs England

Quarter Finals

Portugal vs France

Brazil vs Belgium

Spain vs Argentina

Germany vs England

Semi Finals

France vs Belgium

Spain vs Germany


France vs Germany

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