The 2018 FIFA World Cup will be the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament which is going to start in 14 June 2018 – 15 July 2018.
The 32 teams who are qualified from the 211 national teams for the world cup 2018 which is going to held in Russia.
World Cup Qualifiers 2018 Fixtures
Group A: FIFA World Cup 2018
Despite selecting 31 teams, hosts qualified when they won the chance to host the competition back in Dec 2010.so we have 32 teams who compete with other international football teams in FIFA World Cup 2018.
Key Player: Igor Akinfeev, a talented goalkeeper with 2.5 Million Euro salary.
Coach: Stanislav Cherchesov is Russian football manager and a former international goalkeeper for USSR.
Russia keeps in low down ranking due to hooligan rampages at euro 2016 but being a host of the world cup.
Runners-up in Group B
Saudi Arabia qualifies in Asian World Cup in 1984 which they won. Saudi Arabia is one of the most successful national team in Asia. Saudi Arabia qualified in FIFA in 1994.
Saudi Arabia defeats Belgium and Morocco in the group stage before falling to Sweden in the Round of 16. Saudi Arabia qualified for the next three World Cups but did not win a group stage match in any of them. Saudi Arabia failed to qualify for the 2010 and 2014 tournaments. Saudi Arabia secured qualification for the 2018 tournament, ahead of Australia.
Key Player: Mohammad Al-Sahlawi, 30-year-old striker was instrumental in helping the Saudis reach the tournament with 16 goals in qualifying.
Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi
Egypt is the most successful national team when it comes to Africa and the Middle East, who won an Africa Cup of Nations seven times. Egypt has also been as high as ninth in the FIFA World Rankings.
Besides the African championship Egypt appear only two times for FIFA World Cup Despite their respectable continental record, Egypt has so far made only two appearances in the World Cup in 1934 and 1990
Key player: Mohamed Salah is an Egyptian professional footballer who plays for Liverpool an English football club and the Egyptian National Team. Mohamed scored five goals in six games in the final round of qualifiers.
Coach: Hector Cuper who is a former Argentine footballer and manager of Egyptian National Team who known for his the conservative style. His team focuses on defense first and counter attacks when it can.
Uruguay: Finished second to Brazil in their group to secure their place in the finals
Uruguay won titles of FIFA World Cup in 1930 as first world cup when they host it and the second title in 1950.
They have won the Gold Medals twice in football at the Summer Olympics twice.
In total, Uruguay has won 20 official titles, a world record for the most international titles held by any country.
Another unique achievement of Uruguay is that it´s the only country in world football to organize multiple major international tournaments in their own country and win them all where the population is just 3.4 Million.
Key player: Edinson Cavani is an Uruguayan professional footballer who plays for club Paris Saint-Germain as a striker and the Uruguay national team. Top goalscorer of the South American qualifiers with 10 goals in 18 matches,
Coach: Oscar Tabarez Silva known as El Maestro is an Uruguayan football manager and former football player who played as a defender
Group B: FIFA World Cup 2018
Though Portugal has Christina Ronaldo he is no longer a goal machine now as he was. Portugal has a great immense history and successful victories in major tournaments like FIFA Confederations Cup, Euro Championship, they participated in final in 1996 FIFA World Cup beside two another try for the finale of FIFA World Cup in 1986 and 2002. Apart they also reach to semi-finals of the UEFA Euro 1984 final tournament, losing 3–2.
At Euro 2016, Portugal won its first ever major trophy, defeating hosts France 1–0 after extra time.
Beat Switzerland in their final qualification game to reach next summer’s finals
Key player: Cristiano Ronaldo is a key to success element in Russia to win the trophy.
Coach: Fernando Santos is a retired Portuguese footballer and is the current manager of the Portugal national team who played as a defender.
The 2010 champions qualified as Group G winners finishing five points ahead of Italy
Spain is one of eight national teams to have been crowned FIFA World Cup champions in 2010. They even won back-to-back European titles in Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, defeating Germany and Italy in the respective finals.
Key player: Andres Iniesta is a Spanish professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for Barcelona Team where he serves as a captain and the Spain national team. He Scored the sole goal of the 2010 World Cup final.
Coach: Julen Lopetegui is a former Spanish footballer who played as a goalkeeper, The 51-year-old steered Spain by qualifying campaign of nine wins and just one draw, including a 3-0 victory over Italy.
CAF Group C winners
Morocco football team who qualify first time for the world cup waiting almost 20 years. The Team get back with promoting youth players like Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech and Younes Belhanda
Renard has brought discipline and flair to a team developing an exciting brand of football based on solid defending and fast attacking tempo.
Key player: Nabil Dirar, A versatile midfielder was a pillar of the Monaco side that won the French league title last season.
Coach: Herve Renard – The French coach has had success with other African teams, winning the African Cup of Nations with Zambia in 2012 and the Ivory Coast three years later and currently managing Morocco team.
Iran has appeared in the finals of the FIFA World Cup on five occasions in 1978, 1998, 2006, 2014, and 2018 but it was defeated by Argentina by 1-0 in the finale. Iran AFC third round group A winners
Key Player: Sardar Azmoun, 22-year-old is an Iranian professional footballer who plays as a forward for the Russian side, debut in Iran national football team in 2014. He is also Iran’s all-time fifth highest goalscorer. He emerged as a scoring threat at the 2015 Asian Cup and has already bagged 22 international goals.
Coach: Carlos Queiroz, the veteran Portuguese manager, built his own squad of youth by bringing players like Sardar.
Qualified as winners of Group A
France has won one FIFA World Cup in 2006.
France has a successful history of championship three major eras: in the 1950s, 1980s, and late 1990s/early 2000s where they won, two UEFA European Championships, an Olympic tournament, and two FIFA Confederations Cups.
France was one of the four European teams that participated in the inaugural World Cup in 1930.
Key player: Raphael Varane is a French professional footballer who is a winner of three-time Champions League plays as a center-back for Spanish club Real Madrid and the France national team.
Coach: Didier Deschamps was a former midfielder who captained France to victory at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. He has turned France into a highly competitive team but has yet to deliver a trophy.
Defeated Honduras in a two-leg playoff
Australia Qualified for a fourth consecutive World Cup. Austrian football team played 22 games for other several tournaments.
A young squad team went to Brazil four years ago to win a first Asian Cup title in 2015.
Key player: Mile Jedinak has returned from injury to stabilize the midfield and score a hat-trick against Honduras.
Coach: To be appointed.
Peru made its debut in international matches since 1927 but qualified for FIFA World Cup final five times. Peru’s football team consider as the most in consist team. They won a championship for the Copa América twice; it also participated in the 1936 Olympic football competition. Peru has its longstanding rivalries with Chile and Ecuador.
Key player: Paolo Guerrero, The 33-year-old captain has scored six goals in qualifying. Many arise question for his droping ban for Russia FIFA World Cup 2018.
Coach: Ricardo Gareca, the 59-year-old Argentine scored a goal in 1985 that eliminated Peru in the South American qualifiers. Since 2015 he has leading the Peruvian team to complete in first world cup participation.
Won two-leg play-off with the Republic of Ireland
Denmark is one of the fastest-improving teams in Europe. As Denmark haven’t played big tournaments but their immensely impressive performance in 11 games are unforgettable since 2012.
In both games, playmaker Christian Eriksen was a standout creating and scoring goals. His form can decide Denmark’s fortunes in Russia.
Key player: Christian Eriksen, a talented player was just 18 when he make his debut in world cup 2010. He scored 11 goals in eight different games during Denmark’s unbeaten streak.
Coach: Age Hareide
Argentina won twice the championship of FIFA World Cup in 1978 and 1986 This is the fifth time when Argentina made their appearance in FIFA World Cup. Argentina led by Lionel Messi in 2014 world cup which they lose from Germany 1-0. They have reach in the final and lose with the most competitive teams like Uruguay, Germany.
Argentina won 14 times in South American Championships.
Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick in his side’s final qualification game to secure their place in the finals
A team featuring Lionel Messi can never be ignored, even though the 2014 runners-up barely made it to this World Cup.
But other key talents like Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain have been far from top form for Argentina. That is why little-known Boca Juniors striker Daria Benedetto has been deployed up front.
Key player: This is the fifth-time world player Lionel Messi will appear in FIFA World Cup. Argentina would not be going to Russia without his goals and leadership.
Coach: Jorge Sampaoli, the 57-year-old Argentine is a football manager and his country’s third coach in less than a year.
Have qualified for their first ever World Cup, pipping Croatia to a guaranteed place in Russia
Iceland is one of the smallest country ever who qualify for the major tournaments like Euro Championship and FIFA World Cup. Iceland defeated England in the Round of 16 Euro 2016, advancing to the quarter-finals, where they lost to host nation France 5–2.
Key player: Aron Gunnarsson is the main attacking threat for the Iceland team can be played from back or front, Aron is an Icelandic professional footballer.
Coach: Heimir Hallgrimsson, he is professional a dentist and currently serving as a manager of Icelandic team.
Won two-leg play-off with Greece
Croatia made its debut in 1998 the team finished third and provided the tournament’s top scorer, Davor Šuker. Since then Croatia qualifies only for one World Cup (in 2010) and European Championship in 2000. Croatia also known as “Best Mover of the Year” in 1994 and 1998 and most volatile team in FIFA history.
Best Player: Key player: Luka Modric Croatia’s undoubted leader hopes to emulate the third-place finish at the 1998 World Cup.
Coach: Zlatko Dalic, Took charge of a critical situation with one game remaining in the qualifying.
Became the first side from Africa to reach Russia and have now missed just one tournament – Germany 2006 – since first qualifying 1994.
The Super Eagles were ranked 5th in the FIFA World Rankings, the highest FIFA ranking position ever achieved by an African football team. The team has qualified for six of the last seven FIFA World Cups (as of 2018). They were the only African team to qualify for both the 2014 and 2018 tournaments.
Key player: John Obi Mikel is a Nigerian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Chinese club – While Nigeria has attacking talent like Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Victor Moses, captain Mikel has provided crucial stability in central midfield.
Coach: Gernot Rohr – Nigeria which has changed coaches eight times since the last World Cup in Brazil.
Group E:World Cup 2018 Football Qualifiers
CONMEBOL round-robin winners, qualified way back on March 28, 2017
Key player: Neymar who is commonly known as Neymar or Neymar Jr. He is a Brazilian professional footballer having the highest world-record fee 222m Euro for FIFA World Cup 2018.
Coach: Tite Adenor Leonardo Bacchi is a Brazilian football manager and former player, currently managing the Brazil national team.
Switzerland with its best performance has been reaching to quarter-finals three times, in 1934, 1938 and when they hosted the event in 1954. Switzerland won silver at the 1924 Olympics. The teams have been more successful, winning the 2002 UEFA European Under-17 Championship and the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
Won two-leg play-off with Northern Ireland
Key player: Valon Behrami, Going to his fourth straight World Cup in the elder statesman role for a young squad.
Coach: Vladimir Petkovic – The unheralded Bosnian coach now seems to have grown into the role three years after succeeding two-time Champions League winner Ottmar Hitzfeld.
Reached their fourth World Cup finals with a game remaining from their CONCACAF qualification group.
The tiny Central American country reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup four years ago, losing to the Netherlands on a penalty shootout.
It will be fifth time for Costa Rica to appear in FIFA World Cup, impressive for a country with a population just under 5 million. The main attacking threat from Costa Rica is Bryan Ruiz, while Celso Borges is a midfield linchpin.
Key player: Keylor Navas Known as best player in the squad, the goalkeeper’s strong showing in Brazil secured a move to Madrid in 2014.
Coach: Oscar Ramirez, former midfielder took over after Paulo Wanchope resigned after a post-match fight.
Winners of Group D
Serbia has a great successful football history after eight years after the second time they became an independent nation in 2006 they return to World Cup Finals.
Key player: Branislav Ivanovic is a Serbian professional footballer who plays for Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg, rich with defensive experience. Played all ten World Cup qualifiers
Coach: To be appointed.
Group F: World Cup 2018
Germany World Cup Roaster | Joe Allen
Sealed their place as Group C winners after beating Northern Ireland 3-1 in Belfast
How many World Cups Germany Has Won
Germany is one of the most successful national teams in international competitions when it comes to FIFA world cup they have won the title four times in the year 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014 apart from FIFA world cup Germany has a great impression they won three European Championships and one Confederations Cup in 2017.
They have also been runners-up three times in the European Championships, four times in the World Cup, East Germany won Olympic Gold in 1976
Key player: Toni Kroos Who is a German footballer also play as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Madrid and Germany National Football Team
Coach: Joachim Low, Jurgen Klinsmann’s assistant during the 2006 World Cup, Low took over after that tournament and has overseen steady progress culminating in the 2014 title.
North and Central America and Caribbean round 5 winners
Mexico has qualified to sixteen World Cups since 1994 consecutively, making it one of six countries to do so. The Mexico national team, along with Brazil and Germany, are the only nations to make it out of the group stage over the last six World Cups.
Mexico is one of eight nations to have won two of the three most important football tournaments (the World Cup, Confederations Cup, and Summer Olympics), having won the 1999 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Key player: Javier Hernandez (West Ham) – Mexican footballer who plays as a striker for English club West Ham United, Currently play for Mexico national team.
Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio Known for his detailed planning and quick attacking style, but struggles with self-control and was suspended for this summer’s Gold Cup after being sent off at the Confederations Cup.
Won two-leg play-off with Italy
Sweden made their debut at first World Cup in 1934. It made appearance eleven times in World Cup and six appearances in the European Championships.
Sweden’s achievement includes a gold medal at the 1948 Summer Olympics and bronze medals in 1924 and 1952.
Key player of Sweden: Emil Forsberg
Coach: Janne Andersson – Andersson took charge following Euro 2016 and has successfully rebuilt the team to be greater than before.
Runners-up to Iran in Group A
South Korea team is one of the successful team when its come to Asia since the 1960s, They have participated in nine consecutive and ten overall FIFA World Cup tournaments. South Korea initially going through five World Cup tournaments without winning a match.
They have successfully reach the Round of 16 in the 2010 World Cup. South Korea won the first two AFC Asian Cup tournaments, they also took the gold medal at Asian Games.
Key player: Son Heung-min, The top-scoring Asian player in Premier League history.
Coach: Shin Tae-yong – When he defeats to Qatar and China threw South Korea’s qualifying campaign into confusion the former Under-23 coach was promoted to steady the ship. Has only ever coached in South Korea and Australia.
Group G: FIFA World Cup 2018 Squad
Group H winners (first European team) who qualified on Sept 3
Belgium’s national team has participated in three quadrennial football competitions. It appeared in the end stages of twelve FIFA World Cups and five UEFA European Football Championships,
Belgium national team featured at three Olympic football tournaments, including the 1920 Olympic tournament which they won.
Belgium has long-standing football rivalries with its Dutch and French counterparts. Belgium squad has been known as the Red Devils.
Key player: Kevin De Bruyne is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for an English club in Manchester City as a midfielder and the Belgian national team
Coach: Roberto Martinez
This is the first time and debut of Panama at FIFA World cup 2018 held at Russia.
Panama has participated in many tournaments where it was runners-up in the 2005 Gold Cup and 2013 Gold Cup.
Panama won Central American Cup championship in 2009.
Reached their first World Cup after beating Costa Rica in the final group game of their qualification campaign
The Tunisia national football team have qualified for four FIFA World Cups, but yet wait to win the title of FIFA World Cup. Tunisia makes it come back for the first time in 12 years with the main goal to win in Russia.
CAF Group A winners
Key player for Tunisia: This time Tunisia come with a young player like Wahbi Khazri and former Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour.
Coach: Nabil Maaloul – A former assistant under Roger Lemerre when Tunisia won the African Cup of Nations in 2002, Nabil took two matches into Tunisia’s World Cup qualifying campaign.
Gareth Southgate’s side beat Slovenia at Wembley to secure their spot in Russia as winners of Group F
England is one of the two international team who played world’s first international football with Glasgow in 1872.
England has never won the European Championship – after fifteen attempts over fifty-six years – with their best performances being semi-finals appearances at the 1968 and 1996 Championships. England won FIFA World Cup title championship only for one time in the history.
Exception from England have been fallen adversely due to team worse performance
Key player: Harry Kane emerged as one of the tops strikers in the world, scoring freely for in the Premier League and Champions League. Harry made 12 goals in 23 games for England.
Coach: Gareth Southgate – A strong coach who don’t afraid to make bold decisions.
Group H: FIFA World Football Team 2018
Poland became the fourth European team to qualify having dropped points in just two games in Group E
Its the first time when Poland Football Team play for FIFA world cup and could be the last time on the biggest stage for strikers Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski, who will be 29 and 32 respectively by the finals.
Poland won the gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich; the silver medal in 1976 and a silver medal in 1992 in Barcelona.
Poland first qualified for the UEFA European Championship in 2008 and also for Euro 2012. Poland is currently ranked at 6th in the world, one position below their all-time high from August 2017.
Key player: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) – Poland’s record goalscorer who scored 16 goals in qualifying.
Coach: Adam Nawalka – Turned Poland from a counter-attacking team into one which seeks to dominate possession.
Since their debut in 2002, they appear for the first time at the World Cup.
CAF Group D winners
Key player: Sadio Mane, Senegalese professional football player who plays impressive fast, Sadio being effective player effective for Senegal as he has for Liverpool.
Coach: Aliou Cisse – Senegal will take a reminder of their dream World Cup debut in 2002 to Russia next year. Cisse was captain of the 2002 team and returns to the World Cup as coach of his country. Cissé is a Senegalese football coach and former player who played for English Premier League club Birmingham City and later Portsmouth
The Colombia national football team represents Colombia in international football competitions and currently ranked thirteenth in the FIFA World Rankings.
Key-player: James Rodriguez commonly known simply as James, is a Colombian professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for German club Bayern Munich.
Coach: Jose Pekerman gets most of the credit for getting Colombia back into the World Cup. He led his native Argentina to the quarter-finals in the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Took the fourth and final automatic qualification spot in the South American group
Japan finished first in Group B in Asian qualifying, ahead of Saudi Arabia and Australia.
Key player: Shinji Kagawa, the midfield star is part of an experienced core of players who play for Germany and Japan national team.
Coach: Vahid Halilhodzic