World Cup Teams 2018

The World Cup Teams are the official FIFA World Cup nations to qualify for the World Cup Finals, the premier professional men’s football tournament that takes place every four years.

There are now 32 World Cup Teams or World Cup Nations facing off in the competition.

Throughout history there have been 79 national teams to appear in at least one FIFA World Cup Finals tournament.

Brazil remain the only team to appear in every single World Cup from 1930 – 2018. Five-time World Cup Champions winning the final match in 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002 also makes Brazil the most successful World Cup team in history.

Two World Cup teams then share second honours of four winning World Cup Final matches: Germany (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014) and Italy (1934, 1938, 1982, 2006).

Each World Cup one of the teams is also the host nation. From 1930 – 2014, six of the World Cup host nations were also that year’s World Cup champions: Uruguay (1930), Italy (1934), England (1966), West Germany (1974), Argentina (1978) and France (1998).

Teams qualify to play in the World Cup Finals via the qualifying tournaments that take place nearly three years before the big event, which last for two years.

Each of the 32 World Cup Finals Teams belong to one of a possible six continental confederations:

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  • AFC (Asia)
  • CAF (Africa)
  • CONCACAF (North, Central America and the Caribbean)
  • CONMEBOL (South America)
  • OFC (Oceania)
  • UEFA (Europe)

The national World Cup Teams are then further divided into Groups for the Group Stage of the World Cup Finals.

2018 World Cup Teams

  • Number of Teams: 32
  • Number of Confederations: 5 (no qualifiers for OFC)
  • Host Nation: Russia
  • Defending World Cup Champions: Germany (2014)
  • World Cup Debutant Teams: Iceland, Panama
  • Favourites: Germany

The 2018 FIFA World Cup Teams feature a total of 32 national teams including two on debut with both Iceland and Panama playing in their first World Cup Finals. There are 20 World Cup Teams in 2018 returning from the 2014 tournament including Germany who are defending their title and looking to join Brazil on a total of five World Cup Championship wins. Russia are the host nation, while three-time runners-up Netherlands and Italy are two of the most notable omissions from the World Cup Teams this tournament.

Other notable nations to miss out on a 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals qualification include: USA, Chile, Ivory Coast, Wales and Ghana.

Below we take a look at all 32 FIFA World Cup Teams in 2018 via their Group allocation.

GROUP A: WORLD CUP TEAMS 2018

Russia (Hosts)

Russia are the 2018 FIFA World Cup Host Nation and take part in their 11th World Cup Finals tournament, gaining automatic qualification this year as the hosts. They finished fourth at England in 1966, their best World Cup result, as the Soviet Union. If successful, Russia will become the first World Cup Host Nation to take out the Championship since France in 1998. The Russian World Cup team is headlined by star goalkeeper and captain Igor Akinfeev, a six-time Russian title winner who will prove influential for a squad looking to win the love of their fans at home. The team’s other highest-capped player is Yuri Zhirkov.

  • Group: A
  • Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
  • World Cup Debut: 1958
  • World Cup Appearances: 11
  • Best Result: Fourth Place (1966)
  • First Match: Russia v Saudi Arabia – Friday June 15, 2018 @ 1:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Stanislav Cherchesov
  • Captain: Igor Akinfeev
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 62

Saudi Arabia

The 2018 FIFA World Cup marks the fifth appearance for Saudi Arabia, who are one of the most successful football teams from the AFC confederation. The team boast three Asian Cup wins and since their 1994 World Cup debut in the USA, have qualified for the tournament four consecutive times. Their Argentinian-born coach is a former international footballer for Spain who played in the 1998 World Cup. Saudi Arabia have plenty of goals in them, especially with Mohammed Al-Sahlawi having scored the equal highest number of goals (16) during the Russia 2018 qualifying process.

  • Group: A
  • Confederation: AFC (Asia)
  • World Cup Debut: 1994
  • World Cup Appearances: 5
  • Best Results: Round 2 (1994)
  • First Match: Russia vs Saudi Arabia – Friday June 15, 2018 @ 10:00pm (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Juan Antonio Pizzi
  • Captain: Osama Hawsawi
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 65

Egypt

Going by the nickname ‘The Pharaohs’, Egypt play in their third World Cup Finals in 2018 and their first in 28 years since appearing in Italy in 1990. Egypt have been on fire since Héctor Cúper took charge and the topped the African zone Group E when qualifying for this year’s World Cup. They are the most successful national football team in Africa, boasting a record seven wins in the Africa Cup of Nations and their highest FIFA World Cup Ranking was ninth (2010). Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was key during their qualification with a 71% net strike rate and a goal in all of the team’s third-round wins, so expect big things from him during the tournament.

  • Group: A
  • Confederation: CAF (Africa)
  • World Cup Debut: 1934
  • World Cup Appearances: 3
  • Best Result: Round 1
  • First Match: Egypt vs Uruguay – Friday June 15, 2018 @ 10:00pm (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Héctor Cúper
  • Captain: Essam El-Hadary
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 30

Uruguay

Uruguay were the inaugural World Cup Champions in 1930. They also saluted in the World Cup Final of 1950 and this year play in their 13th tournament. The team is known as La Celeste – The Sky Blue One. Uruguay are also the smallest country, population-wise, to have won a World Cup. Their coach is dubbed El Maestro for a reason and is very attack-focused. That works especially well for striker Luis Suarez, Uruguay’s all-time leading goalscorer making his third World Cup appearance after scoring goals in both South Africa (2010) and Brazil (2014). Uruguay finished second in the overall FIFA World Cup qualification standings with 9 wins from 18 played.

  • Group: A
  • Confederation: CONMEBOL (South America)
  • World Cup Debut: 1930
  • World Cup Appearances: 13
  • Best Result: Champions (1930, 1950)
  • First Match: Egypt vs Uruguay – Friday June 15, 2018 @ 10:00pm (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Óscar Tabárez
  • Captain: Diego Godín
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 22

GROUP B: WORLD CUP TEAMS 2018

Portugal

Portugal play in their 7th FIFA World Cup Finals in 2018, their 5th-straight, with their best result from their past 6 appearances being a 3rd place back in 1966 when they made their debut. They hold a current FIFA Ranking of third and are best known for their most capped player and captain Cristiano Ronaldo, one of football history’s greats chasing a third Best FIFA Men’s Player award in as many years. They narrowly finished ahead of Switzerland in Europe’s Group B on goal difference.

  • Group: B
  • Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
  • World Cup Debut: 1966
  • World Cup Appearances: 7
  • Best Result: Third Place (1966)
  • First Match: Portugal vs Spain – Saturday June 16, 2018 @ 4:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Fernando Santos
  • Captain: Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 3

Spain

Nicknamed La Furia Roja – The Red Fury – Spain’s 2010 World Cup Final success over the Netherlands (1-0) in South Africa saw them become the first European football team to take out the championship outside of Europe. They also took out six straight FIFA Team of the Year awards from 2008-2013. Finishing top of Group G to book their Russia 2018 World cup bid under the coaching of Spain’s 1994 World Cup player Julen Lopetegui,  their team is led by Sergio Ramos who is chasing down Iker Casillas (167) as Spain’s most-capped player.

  • Group: B
  • Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
  • World Cup Debut: 1934
  • World Cup Appearances: 15
  • Best Result: Champions (2010)
  • First Match: Portugal vs Spain – Saturday June 16, 2018 @ 4:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Julen Lopetegui
  • Captain: Sergio Ramos
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 6

Morocco

Morocco make their 5th World Cup appearance in 2018 since debuting in 1986 when they became the first African football team to win a group at the FIFA World Cup. The ‘Atlas Lions’ reached a Top 10 FIFA Ranking (10) back in April of 1998. They topped the African Zone Group C in Qualification on way to the 2018 World Cup. Their coach Hervé Renard became the first to win the CAF Africa Cup of Nations with different countries and knows how to get the best out of his men, including one of Africa’s best defenders, Medhi Benatia.

  • Group: B
  • Confederation: CAF (Africa)
  • World Cup Debut: 1970
  • World Cup Appearances: 5
  • Best Result: Round 2 (1986)
  • First Match: Morocco vs Iran – Saturday June 16, 2018 @ 1:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Hervé Renard
  • Captain: Medhi Benatia
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 39

Iran

Iran is one of the most successful national football teams in Asia boasting a trio of Asian Cup championships (1968, 1972 and 1976). The 2018 World Cup is their fifth qualification in the tournament, but they are yet to progress past the Group Stage. This year they are after just their second ever World Cup match win, and were the first Asian team to qualify for the Russia World Cup 2018. Their qualification campaign was near flawless but they remain at juicy $501 odds to take out the World Cup 2018.

  • Group: B
  • Confederation: AFC (Asia)
  • World Cup Debut: 1978
  • World Cup Appearances: 5
  • Best Result: Round 1
  • First Match: Morocco vs Iran – Saturday June 16, 2018 @ 1:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Carlos Queiroz
  • Captain: Various
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 34

GROUP C: WORLD CUP TEAMS 2018

France

One of the teams to play in the inaugural World Cup in 1930, France boast one World Cup Final success crowned the 1998 Champions. They make their 15th appearance in Russia 2018, their sixth straight, and are known as Les Bleus – The Blues. France hold a current FIFA Ranking of ninth and are out to make the World Cup Final for the first time since going down 5-3 on penalties to Italy in 2006. The secured their World Cup 2018 bid finishing top of Europe’s Group A and are captained by a former FIFA World Cup winner, Didier Deschamps who has been in charge of Les Bleus since 2012.

  • Group: C
  • Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
  • World Cup Debut: 1930
  • World Cup Appearances: 15
  • Best Result: Champions (1998)
  • First Match: France vs Australia – Saturday June 16, 2018 @ 8:00pm (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Didier Deschamps
  • Captain: Hugo Lloris
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 9

Australia

The Socceroos are yet to progress past Round 2 in the World Cup Finals. The 2018 World Cup marks Australia’s fifth appearance and were formerly part of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) until 2006. When part of the OFC they won the OFC Nations Cup four times and also boast the 2015 AFC Asian Cup victory. They only just clinched a spot as the 31st team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and their captain Bert van Marwijk was only appointed in January. He takes over from Ange Postecoglou who threw a spanner in the works with his resignation post-qualification.

  • Group: C
  • Confederation: AFC (Asia)
  • World Cup Debut: 1974
  • World Cup Appearances: 5
  • Best Result: Round 2 (2006)
  • First Match: France vs Australia – Saturday June 16, 2018 @ 8:00pm (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Bert van Marwijk
  • Captain: Mile Jedinak
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 36

Peru

Peru played in the inaugural World Cup of 1930 and have twice reached the Quarterfinals. They reached 10th in the FIFA Rankings in October 2017 and are currently the 11th ranked nation. Donning their nation’s colours of red and white, the Peru national football team have historical rivalries with Chile and Ecuador. Their 2018 World Cup appearance is their first in the iconic tournament in 36 years and they secured the bid knocking out New Zealand 2-0 in the intercontinental play-off. Jefferson Farfan proved pivotal in that win and the 33-year-old makes his World Cup debut this year.

  • Group: C
  • Confederation: CONMEBOL (South America)
  • World Cup Debut: 1930
  • World Cup Appearances: 5
  • Best Result: Quarterfinals (1970, 1978)
  • First Match: Peru vs Denmark – Sunday June 17, 2018 @ 2:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Ricardo Gareca
  • Captain: Paolo Guerrero
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 11

Denmark

Denmark did not make their World Cup debut until 1986. They are colloquially referred to as the ‘Danish Dynamite’ and reached their highest FIFA Ranking of third back in 1997. Triple Olympic silver medallists, Denmark reached the 1998 World Cup Quarterfinals but were knocked out by Brazil (3-2). They qualified for the 2018 World Cup via a confident 5-1 play-off victory over Republic Of Ireland and will be keen to atone for missing Brazil in 2014. Current coach Åge Hareide took over from the Danes’ longest-serving coach Morten Olsen following the nation’s failure to qualify for UEFA EURO 2016.

  • Group: C
  • Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
  • World Cup Debut: 1986
  • World Cup Appearances: 5
  • Best Result: Quarterfinals (1998)
  • First Match: Peru vs Denmark – Sunday June 17, 2018 @ 2:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Åge Hareide
  • Captain: Simon Kjær
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 12

GROUP D: WORLD CUP TEAMS 2018

Argentina

The dualo World Cup Champions (1978, 1986) make their 17th World Cup appearance and trail just 3 nations when it comes to No. of World Cup Finals qualifications. Known as La Albiceleste – The White and Sky Blue – the Argentinians hold a current FIFA Ranking of 4th and were No. 1 on a number of occasions, most recently in April of 2017. Their 2 World Cup Championship wins are part of an overall 5 World Cup Final matches played, including the first in 1930 when going down 4-2 to Uruguay. It was a rocky road to qualification, but coach Jorge Sampaoli got his team there in the end having also coached them to the 2014 Brazil knockout stage.

  • Group: D
  • Confederation: CONMEBOL (South America)
  • World Cup Debut: 1930
  • World Cup Appearances: 17
  • Best Result: Champions (1978, 1986)
  • First Match: Argentina vs Iceland – Saturday June 16, 2018 @ 11:00pm (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Jorge Sampaoli
  • Captain: Lionel Messi
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 4

Iceland

Iceland are one of two World Cup debutants in 2018 along with Panama. They hold a current FIFA Ranking of 20th, one lower than their highest held ranking to date of No. 19 in July of 2017. They have progressed greatly from a 131 FIFA Ranking back in 2012 and are captained by 28-year-old Midfielder from Cardiff City, Aron Gunnarsson. By population, Iceland are the smallest nation to secure a FIFA World Cup qualification for the 2018 tournament after attempting to secure a berth 11 times from 1974 – 2014. Their headline-worthy rise to Russia 2018 is in thanks to coach Heimir Hallgrimsson, formerly co-coach with Lars Lagerback.

  • Group: D
  • Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
  • World Cup Debut: 2018
  • World Cup Appearances: 1
  • Best Result: TBD
  • First Match: Argentina vs Iceland – Saturday June 16, 2018 @ 11:00pm (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Heimir Hallgrímsson
  • Captain: Aron Gunnarsson
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 20

Croatia

Croatia debuted in the World Cup of 1998 and reached Third Place, thanks to Davor Šuker who was the tournament’s overall top scorer. That World Cup championship saw them rise from 125th to 3rd in the FIFA Rankings, making history when they did so. Current captain Modrić succeeds the team’s longest-standing captain Darijo Srna who retired soon after EURO 2016. A superstar midfield, Modrić is one of the world’s best footballers and the three-time UEFA Champions League winner will be orchestrating Croatia’s bid. They qualified for a second-successive World Cup Finals appearance with a calculated 4-1 play-off win over Greece

  • Group: D
  • Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
  • World Cup Debut: 1998
  • World Cup Appearances: 5
  • Best Result: Third Place (1998)
  • First Match: Croatia vs Nigeria – Sunday June 17, 2018 @ 5:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Zlatko Dalić
  • Captain: Luka Modrić
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 15

Nigeria

Nigeria, known as the Super Eagles, made their World Cup debut in USA 1994 and have missed just the one Finals tournament since – Germany 2006. Three-time Africa Cup of Nations winners, they became the highest FIFA Ranked African football team in history when reaching 5th in the FIFA World Rankings back in April of 1994. Nigeria are also the sole African team to qualify for both the 2014 and 2018 World Cup tournaments and are out to reach the Round of 16 again. They are coached by the very experienced Rohr who has been in charge since August of 2016 and were the first African qualifiers for Russia 2018 with a game up their sleeve.

  • Group: D
  • Confederation: CAF (Africa)
  • World Cup Debut: 1994
  • World Cup Appearances: 6
  • Best Results: Round 2 (1994, 1998, 2014)
  • First Match: Croatia vs Nigeria – Sunday June 17, 2018 @ 5:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Gernot Rohr
  • Captain: John Obi Mikel
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 51

GROUP E: WORLD CUP TEAMS 2018

Brazil

5-time Champions Brazil were the first nation to qualify outside hosts Russia who got automatic qualification. Brazil with the likes of Neymar, Coutinho and a whole host of star players, A Seleção will look to much improve their incredibly disappointing performance an exit from Rio 2014. Since new Manager Tite has took over in 2016, Brazil has been flying into Russia 2018 flying up the FIFA rankings to sit 2nd.

  • Group: E
  • Confederation: CONMEBOL (South America)
  • World Cup Debut: 1930
  • World Cup Appearances: 21
  • Best Result: Champions (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)
  • First Match: Brazil v Switzerland – Monday June 18, 2018 @ 4:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Tite
  • Captain: Dani Alves
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 2

Switzerland

The Swiss National team had a stellar qualifying campaign and head into Russia with a considerable amount of confidence that they will be able to do some great things in Group E. They went on a nine game winning streak with the first one defeating the newly-crowned European Champions Portugal. Premier League stars Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka and Stoke City’s Xherdan Shaqiri will feature in Switzerland’s fixtures and be the cornerstones to both their attack and defence.

  • Group: E
  • Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
  • World Cup Debut: 1934
  • World Cup Appearances: 11
  • Best Results: Quarter Finals (1934, 1938, 1964)
  • First Match: vs Brazil – Monday June 18, 2018 @ 4:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Vladimir Petkovic
  • Captain: Stephan Lichtsteiner
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 8

Costa Rica

Impressing far beyond expectations in the 2014 edition, Costa Rica were excellent and made the final 8 of the tournament (their best ever achievement). They qualify for their 5th appearance in the World Cup Finals and will look to hopefully repeat the same effort in Russia 2018. Previously an assistant coach, Oscar Ramirez has carried the success of 2014 and qualified in a strong manner, keeping the likes of Canada and USA from getting to the World Cup.

  • Group: E
  • Confederation: CONCACAF (North & Central America)
  • World Cup Debut: 1990
  • World Cup Appearances: 5
  • Best Result: Quarter Finals (2014)
  • First Match: v Serbia – Sunday June 17, 2018 @ 10:00pm (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Oscar Ramirez
  • Captain: Bryan Ruiz
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 26

Serbia

The 2018 FIFA World Cup marks the twelfth appearance for Serbia’s national team, who have made two Semi Finals appearances in their history. The left foot of Aleksander Kolarov sealed qualification over Ireland in a 1-0 victory. They will look to get that 2nd spot out of Group E in what is an evenly matched competition between Switzerland and Costa Rica.

  • Group: E
  • Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
  • World Cup Debut: 1930
  • World Cup Appearances: 12
  • Best Results: Semi Finals (1930, 1962)
  • First Match: vs Costa Rica – Sunday June 17, 2018 @ 10:00pm (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Mladen Krstajic
  • Captain: Branislav Ivanovic
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 37

GROUP F: WORLD CUP TEAMS 2018

Germany

Defending World Champions Germany look to put in a duplicate performance in Russia 2018. They recorded an amazing 100% record during the qualification process to be the clear World FIFA Ranked no. 1 team. Die Mannschaft of course bolster an incredibly strong playing roster with the likes of Leroy Sané, Mesut Özil and Manuel Neuer to name a few. Russia 2018 will mark a decade that Joachim Löw has been the top job of the German National Team.

  • Group: F
  • Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
  • World Cup Debut: 1930
  • World Cup Appearances: 19
  • Best Result: Champions (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)
  • First Match: vs Mexico – Monday June 18, 2018 @ 1:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Joachim Löw
  • Captain: Manuel Neuer
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 1

Mexico

Russia 2018 brings up the 16th World Cup appearance from Mexico out of the CONCACAF region. The team had a strong qualifying suffering only one defeat during its entire duration. Lozano’s assist making including the pivotal cross that sent them to Russia will be very important in this years World Cup for the Mexicans. They will also rely on the experience of Giovanni Dos Santos who has had over 100 international caps.

  • Group: F
  • Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
  • World Cup Debut: 1934
  • World Cup Appearances: 11
  • Best Results: Quarter Finals (1934, 1938, 1964)
  • First Match: vs Germany – Monday June 18, 2018 @ 1:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Juan Carlos Osorio
  • Captain: Andrés Guardado
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 16

Sweden

The Swedish team had a rollercoaster qualifying campaign for this year’s FIFA World Cup. A dramatic late winner from Ola Toivonen helped Sweden qualify on the 9th of June, 2017. The International retirement of Swedish veteran star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made way for the next generation of forwards, namely Marcus Berg who netted 8 times during the qualification rounds. Russia will be their first world cup since Germany 2006.

  • Group: F
  • Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
  • World Cup Debut: 1934
  • World Cup Appearances: 12
  • Best Result: Runners up (1958)
  • First Match: vs South Korea – Monday June 18, 2018 @ 10:00pm (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Janne Andersson
  • Captain: Andreas Granqvist
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 18

South Korea

The Korea Republic have always been a formidable team from AFC Confederation, and their world cup qualifing campaign was no different. Russia 2018 will be the Koreans 10th appearance which makes them the most consistent (qualifying) team outside of Europe and South America.
Tottenham player Son Hueng Min has lit up the Premier League in the last couple of seasons and will no doubt want to put in his best for his Country on the biggest stage of all.

  • Group: F
  • Confederation: AFC (Asia)
  • World Cup Debut: 1954
  • World Cup Appearances: 10
  • Best Result: 4th Place (2002)
  • First Match: v Sweden – Monday June 18, 2018 @ 10:00pm (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Shin Tae-Yong
  • Captain: Ki Sung-yueng
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 59

GROUP G: WORLD CUP TEAMS 2018

Belgium

There is no doubt that the Belgium national football team is going through its golden generation of players in terms of star talent. Hazard, De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku are just a few names that play for the top clubs of the English Premier League. They have not gone without their harsh critics though – Belgium have under-performed at the past two major international tournaments not progressing as deep as expected.

  • Group: G
  • Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
  • World Cup Debut: 1930
  • World Cup Appearances: 13
  • Best Result: 4th Place (1986)
  • First Match: vs Panama – Tuesday June 19, 2018 @ 1:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Roberto Martinez
  • Captain: Eden Hazard
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 5

Panama

Panama are one of two teams that are making their debut at the FIFA World Cup in 2018. Panama fans achieved their dream of finally making a World Cup after the all-important last goal by Roman Torres shook the back of the net. The nation find themselves in a tricky group for their first appearance with the likes of European heavyweights Belgium and England and a challenging Tunisia from the CAF confederation.

  • Group: G
  • Confederation: CONCACAF (North & Central America)
  • World Cup Debut: 2018
  • World Cup Appearances: 1
  • Best Results: NA
  • First Match: vs Belgium – Tuesday June 19, 2018 @ 1:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Hernan Dario Gomez
  • Captain: Felipe Baloy
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 56

Tunisia

As one of the 5 countries that qualified for the African region, Tunisia makes their fifth appearance in the competition with their last being in Germany 2006. Exiting at the group stage in all 4 of their previous appearances its looking like history may repeat itself again as they have a very tough pool to deal with. Nontheless, the Tunisians can put together some strong performances on their day.

With a new coach on board as of April 2017, Tunisian national football seems to be heading in a forward direction once again.

  • Group: G
  • Confederation: CAF (Africa)
  • World Cup Debut: 1979
  • World Cup Appearances: 5
  • Best Results: Group Stages (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006)
  • First Match: vs England – Tuesday June 19, 2018 @ 4:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Nabil Maâloul
  • Captain: Aymen Mathlouthi
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 27

England

England are the other big contender of Group G and if all things go to plan either the English or the Belgians will top the pool. The Three Lions will look to shed their underwhelming reputation on the big stage and put in a very good performance in this year’s World Cup in Russia. They have a roster that is almost unrivalled but have historically suffered from not playing as a team. Still the English have qualified for their 15th appearance from 17 attempts and Gareth Southgate’s team along with his prolific striker Harry Kane have every chance of making the round of 16.

  • Group: G
  • Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
  • World Cup Debut: 1950
  • World Cup Appearances: 15
  • Best Results: Champions (1966)
  • First Match: vs Tunisia – Tuesday June 19, 2018 @ 4:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Gareth Southgate
  • Captain: Jordan Henderson
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 15

GROUP H: WORLD CUP TEAMS 2018

Poland

The Polish team had a very impressive Euro 2016 as the last major international tournament thanks to Captain and star striker Robert Lewandowski. They got through an always difficult UEFA qualification with a late winner against Montenegro.

The Poles have had their best performances of the competition in the 70’s and the 80’s but come into this tournament in a very high rank 7 in the FIFA leaderboards.

  • Group: H
  • Confederation: UEFA (Europe)
  • World Cup Debut: 1938
  • World Cup Appearances: 8
  • Best Results: Third Place (1974, 1982)
  • First Match: vs Senegal – Wednesday June 20, 2018 @ 1:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Adam Nawalka
  • Captain: Robert Lewandowski
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 7

Senegal

The Nation from West Africa are on their way to Russia 2018 and this will be their 2nd appearance. Senegal are well known for having one of all-time greatest debuts at the World Cup in 2002 where they reached the quarter finals. Manager of the team Aliou Cisse was the captain that year and now finds his country in difficult Group H. West Ham player and national captain Cheikhou Kouyate will need to fire the team up in order to replicate their near-perfect qualification form if they want to make it out of the pool.

  • Group: H
  • Confederation: CAF (Africa)
  • World Cup Debut: 2002
  • World Cup Appearances: 2
  • Best Results: Quarter Finals (2002)
  • First Match: vs Poland – Wednesday June 20, 2018 @ 1:00am (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Aliou Cisse
  • Captain: Cheikhou Kouyate
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 23

Colombia

The insane story that was the CONMEBOL Qualfiication and one of the teams to emerge outright was Colombia. Falcao headed in an important equaliser against the mighty Brazil in what would be enough to send Los Cafeteros through to another FIFA World Cup. In the most recent tournament, the now Bayern Munich star James Rodriguez announced his talent to the world with the goal of the tournament and the Golden Boot award. The 2014 Quarter finalists will be hard to stop in the Group Stages and beyond if both himself and the team play to their potential.

  • Group: H
  • Confederation: CONMEBOL (South America)
  • World Cup Debut: 1962
  • World Cup Appearances: 6
  • Best Results: Quarter Finals (2014)
  • First Match: vs Japan – Tuesday June 19, 2018 @ 10:00pm (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Jose Pekerman
  • Captain: James Rodriguez
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 13

Japan

Japan were 2nd to qualify out of the AFC region and they had a fairly impressive run leading up to securing their place. It was the last day of August and the Blue Samurai defeated their confederate rivals The Socceroos in a 2-0 victory.
The Japanese team has many impressive players including Premier League Southampton defender Maya Yoshida.The Nation has always had a very strong footballing culture ever since hosting the World Cup in 2002.

  • Group: H
  • Confederation: AFC (Asia)
  • World Cup Debut: 1998
  • World Cup Appearances: 6
  • Best Results: Round of 16 (2002, 2010)
  • First Match: vs Colombia – Tuesday June 19, 2018 @ 10:00pm (AEST)
  • Head Coach: Vahid Halilhodžić
  • Captain: Makoto Hasebe
  • Current FIFA Ranking: 55