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FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Finals Qualifiers & Initial Rankings

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For the Group stage draw the teams were divided into 4 pots according to their World Ranking in October 2017, with Pot 1 consisting of the highest ranked teams, Pot 2 had 2nd highest ranked teams, and so on. The host team Russia was included in Pot 1. One team was selected from each Pot to form on of the eight group for the Group Stage competition. FIFA World Cup performance history is shown for all national teams that participated in the World Cup.

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FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Group Stage Draw (1st December)
Pot 1Pot 2Pot 3Pot 4
RussiaSpainDenmarkSerbia
GermanyPeruIcelandNigeria
BrazilSwitzerlandCosta RicaAustralia
PortugalEnglandSwedenJapan
ArgentinaColombiaTunisiaMorocco
BelgiumMexicoEgyptPanama
PolandUruguaySenegalSouth Korea
FranceCroatiaIranSaudi Arabia

FIFA Rankings June 2018

CountryRank

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Germany1

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Brazil2

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Belgium3

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Portugal4

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Argentina5

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Switzerland6

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France7

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Poland8

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Spain10

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Peru11

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Denmark12

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England12

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Uruguay14

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Mexico15

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Colombia16

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Croatia20

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Tunisia21

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Iceland22

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Costa Rica23

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Sweden24

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Senegal27

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Serbia34

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Australia36

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Iran37

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Morocco41

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Egypt45

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Nigeria48

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Panama55

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South Korea57

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Japan61

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Saudi Arabia67

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Russia70

FIFA World Cup Finals – Qualifiers

CountryQualification MethodDateAppearancesLast AppBest Performance

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RussiaHost Nation2-Dec-1011th2014Fourth Place (1966)

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BrazilCONMEBOL Round Robin Winners28-Mar-1721st2014Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)

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IranAFC Third Round Group A Winners12-Jun-175th2014Group Stage (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014)

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JapanAFC Third Round Group B Winners31-Aug-176th2014Round of 16 (2002, 2010)

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MexicoCONCACAF Fifth Round Winners1-Sep-1716th2014Quarter-Finals (1970, 1986)

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BelgiumUEFA Group H Winners3-Sep-1713th2014Fourth Place (1986)

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South KoreaAFC Third Round Group A Runners-up5-Sep-1710th2014Fourth Place (2002)

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Saudi ArabiaAFC Third Round Group B Runners-up5-Sep-175th2006Round of 16 (1994)

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GermanyUEFA Group C Winners5-Oct-1719th2014Winners (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)

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EnglandUEFA Group F Winners5-Oct-1715th2014Winners (1966)

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SpainUEFA Group G Winners6-Oct-1712th2014Winners (2010)

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NigeriaCAF Group B Winners7-Oct-176th2014Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)

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Costa RicaCONCACAF Fifth Round Runners-Up7-Oct-175th2014Quarter-Finals (2014)

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PolandUEFA Group E Winners8-Oct-178th2006Third Place (1974, 1982)

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EgyptCAF Group E Winners8-Oct-173rd1990First Round (1934, 1990)

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SerbiaUEFA Group D Winners9-Oct-1712th2010Fourth Place (1930, 1962)

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IcelandUEFA Group I Winners9-Oct-171stNoneNone

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FranceUEFA Group A Winners10-Oct-1715th2014Winners (1998)

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PortugalUEFA Group B Winners10-Oct-177th2014Third Place (1966)

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UruguayCONMEBOL Round Robin 2nd place10-Oct-1713th2014Winners (1930, 1950)

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ArgentinaCONMEBOL Round Robin 3rd place10-Oct-1717th2014Winners (1978, 1986)

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ColombiaCONMEBOL Round Robin 4th place10-Oct-176th2014Quarter-Finals (2014)

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PanamaCONCACAF Fifth Round Third Place10-Oct-171stNoneNone

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SenegalCAF Group D Winners10-Nov-172nd2002Quarter-Finals (2002)

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MoroccoCAF Group C Winners11-Nov-175th1998Round of 16 (1986)

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TunisiaCAF Group A Winners11-Nov-175th2006Group Stage (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006)

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SwitzerlandUEFA Play-Off Winners 112-Nov-1711th2014Quarter Finals (1934, 1938, 1954)

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CroatiaUEFA Play-Off Winners 212-Nov-175th2014Semi-Final (1998)

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SwedenUEFA Play-Off Winners 313-Nov-1712th2006Final (1958)

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DenmarkUEFA Play-Off Winners 414-Nov-175th2010Quarter Finals (1998)

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AustraliaCONCACAF / AFC Play-Off Winners15-Nov-175th2014Second Round (2006)

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PeruOFC / CONMEBOL Play-Off Winners15-Nov-175th1982Quarter Finals (1970, 1978)

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