Spain, Portugal drawn in same World Cup group

Draw assistant Fabio Cannavaro draws Saudi Arabia during the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia at the State Kremlin Palace

In this chart, we added up the world ranking of just the top three teams in each group. "I see that the first spot in the group is reserved for Uruguay with Egypt, Russia and Saudi Arabia battling out for the second place". In the 2014 edition, we saw Belgium advance and make it far in the tournament while England was eliminated after two games and from the group stage for the first time since 1958. Egypt and Uruguay are also in Group A. Here is a breakdown of the eight groups for the tournament, which begins with Russian Federation vs Saudi Arabia at the Luzhniki Stadium in the capital on June 14.

"I trust our players as majority play in big European teams, but the coach has to change his defensive style and use attacking techniques", Sisi said proudly. The Americans finished a non-qualifying fifth in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying this fall.

There was no group of death after the draw in Moscow, but there will be some interesting clashes at next year's soccer spectacle. The group is a favourable one for Russian Federation, who failed to win any of their group games four years ago. That's how they ended up with Portugal.

The first match of this group, scheduled for June 17, 2018, will be between Germany and Mexico. God willing Egypt is capable of qualifying from this group.

Nigeria, the strongest team from the African Nations, should be able to sneak into the round of 16 behind Argentina, but they'll have to take down Croatia, who also surely thinks they have a good shot at moving on. However, they have failed to qualify for the last two World Cups.

The draw results from Friday, December 1 in Moscow are out, and every team now knows the groups for the 2018 World Cup. This is a remarkably fortuitous development for the hosts, who now have a solid chance of reaching the Round of 16, though Egypt and Uruguay will be favoured. La Celeste were inaugural winners of the tournament in 1930, before winning it a second time, at Brazil 1950.

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Holders Germany will face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea as they try to retain the title for the first time since Brazil in 1962. Poland qualified for its first World Cup since 2006. Peru, Denmark and Australia are all coming off big victories in the playoff and they all look like candidates to advance to the next round.

Group B also includes Morocco and Iran.

"Hosts Russia have motives to win.Uruguay are very strong with players who have great experience in European leagues", said Mido, who played for Ajax Amsterdam, Celta Vigo and Olympique de Marseille in early 2000s.

Lionel Messi and his Argentina team which struggled to qualify will play European debutants Iceland as well as Croatia and Nigeria. Mexico has never gotten past the quarterfinals in a World Cup - and the last time it got that far was 1986, the last tournament the US missed. France's Group C is still the toughest of the lot.

Germany is hoping to be based in Sochi along with Brazil. Russian Federation will play in the opening game of the tournament (against Saudi Arabia), just as they did in 1970 when, ...

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