The FIFA World Cup Groups or Soccer World Cup Pools divide the 32 nations playing in the 2018 World Cup Finals.
After the World Cup Draw takes place, the nations are separated into eight Groups labelled Group A – Group H made up of four World Cup seeded teams in each.
During the Group Stage of the World Cup, each team plays three matches against all other nations in their World Cup Group. The top two teams in each Group progress through to the World Cup Knockout Stages.
2018 FIFA World Cup Groups & Standings
For a full list of the official 2018 World Cup Schedule of Group matches head to our FIFA World Cup Schedule page.
2018 World Cup Group A
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Group A Comments: Dubbed by many pundits as “The Group of Life” The Host Nation Russia welcome an interesting group of contenders for Group A this World Cup; Uruguay – The South American and seasoned veterans, Saudi Arabia – making their return to the World Cup since Germany 2006, And Egypt who have qualified for their first ever World Cup Finals. This group looks to be very open as the group stage fixtures take place this June.
2018 World Cup Group B
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Group B Comments: Group B contains a couple of European heavy hitters in current European Champions Portugal and 2010 World Champions Spain. These two will surely be confident in their ability to make it out of the group stages as Morocco and Iran look to unfortunately make up the numbers here.
2018 World Cup Group C
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Group C Comments: Group C is Australia’s pool and it’s a very interesting group of nations to say the least. With new Coach Bert Van Marwijk fresh in the job, The Socceroos 2018 Russia campaign kicks off against European giants France before playing Denmark and Peru in the remaining matches. Peru have qualified for their first World Cup since 1982 so a wealth of hope and expectation come from the fans of this proud country. Prediction would include France a clear group topper with the others fighting out an interesting and open 2nd spot.
2018 World Cup Group D
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Group D Comments: Group D is one of the more competitive of all the pools for Russia 2018. Argentina will most likely find themselves topping it but will have to be at their best to do so. The likes of Iceland – who had a fantastic European Championship, Croatia and the African based Nigeria are no pushovers to any extent. Argentina and Leo Messi will look to go one better after falling just short in Brazil 2014.
2018 World Cup Group E
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Group E Comments: Five-Time Champions Brazil have drawn 3 countries that would have to be considered very tricky opponents. On the whole this is probably 2nd most open group of all and will be hard to accurately predict. Except plenty of goals though and exciting football to boot amongst Group E who like to air more on the side of attack over defence.
2018 World Cup Group F
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Group F Comments: It’s fair to say that Pool F for Russia 2018 could take the badge as the highly feared ‘Group of Death’. All four of these countries Are proud footballing nations and defending World Champions Germany will have their work cut out for them. Mexico, Sweden and South Korea all look to be evenly matched in terms of high quality ability. Germany surely to progress but it’s anyone’s guess how this pool will end up.
2018 World Cup Group G
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Group G Comments: England and Belgium are the two countries that on paper are very strong here but what they have in common is a trend of underperformance on the big stage. Panama and Tunisia round things off as admirable sides here. If things go to plan in terms of the ability of the squads England and Belgium should both progress, but this is the World Cup and history suggest that far stranger things have happened.
2018 World Cup Group H
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Group H Comments: The final World Cup Group for Russia 2018 is rounded off by another fairly strong collection of countries vying for their chance to progress to the knockout stages. Japan, Colombia and Poland are all quality sides and should produce some very exciting clashes. It will be particularly interesting when Bayern Munich teammates Robert Lewandowski and James Rodriguez come together on the 25th June.