FIFA World Cup Schedule, Grouping, Big Stars and Power Rankings

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FIFA World Cup Schedule, Grouping, Big Stars and Power Rankings

 

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™


2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is 21st World Cup. The competition will be held in 12 of the 11 cities in Russia from June 14th to July 15th, 2018. This is the first time that the World Cup has been held in Russia. It is also the first time that the World Cup has been held in Eastern Europe. At the same time, after the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the World Cup is once again held in Europe. In the Russian World Cup, 32 teams from the five continents are participating in the competition; in addition to the host Russia, which automatically acquires the qualifications, the other 31 teams are eligible to participate in the qualifier. During the World Cup, 64 championships will be held in Russia. 

 

 

Schedule


Saturday 16 June

France vs Australia (Group C) - Kazan - 11am - BBC

Argentina vs Iceland (Group D) - Moscow (Spartak) - 2pm - ITV

Peru vs Denmark (Group C) - Saransk - 5pm - BBC

Croatia vs Nigeria (Group D) - Kaliningrad - 8pm - ITV

 

Sunday 17 June

Costa Rica vs Serbia (Group E) - Samara - 1pm - ITV

Germany vs Mexico (Group F) - Moscow (Luzhniki) - 4pm - BBC

Brazil vs Switzerland (Group E) - Rostov-on-Don - 7pm - ITV

 

Monday 18 June

Sweden vs South Korea (Group F) - Nizhny Novgorod - 1pm - ITV

Belgium vs Panama (Group G) - Sochi - 4pm - BBC

Tunisia vs England (Group G) - Volgograd - 7pm - BBC

 

Tuesday 19 June

Colombia vs Japan (Group H) - Saransk - 1pm - BBC

Poland vs Senegal (Group H) - Moscow (Spartak) - 4pm - ITV

Russia vs Egypt (Group A) - St Petersburg - 7pm - BBC

 

Wednesday 20 June

Portugal vs Morocco (Group B) - Moscow (Luzhniki) - 1pm - BBC

Uruguay vs Saudi Arabia (Group A) - Rostov-on-Don - 4pm - BBC

Iran vs Spain (Group B) - Kazan - 7pm - ITV

 

Check full Schedule on https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/matches/

 

Grouping


Russia 2018 Group

 

Who is likely to make it out of the groups? 


Group A – Uruguay and Egypt 

Host countries until recently tended to do better than expected. 

 

Group B – Portugal and Spain 

The two European nations in this group are the standout favourites for a reason. 

 

Group C – France and Denmark 

It's a tough group. Australia is no slouches, yet are arguably the weakest team in the group, while Peru is 11th in the world rankings, supposedly ahead of Denmark. 

 

Group D – Argentina and Croatia 

Iceland's overachieving stops here. The Croatia squad is a strong one, and with Argentina and Nigeria to also contend with, it's hard to see Iceland getting much out of this group. 

 

Group E – Brazil and Switzerland 

Serbia is a better side than they’ve been for a while, but Brazil and Switzerland should find this group relatively straightforward. Poor Costa Rica. 

 

Group F – Germany and Mexico 

What a group. What a horrible, horrible group. The world champions and three very competent sides that you'd back to get out of other groups. 

 

Group G – Belgium and England

England has one of the more straightforward groups and you’d hope the Three Lions would get out of it.

 

Group H – Colombia and Poland 

This is also a tricky group. Japan is a good footballing nation and they have their share of international stars too, but they’ll struggle in a group with Poland and Colombia.

 

The Big Stars


Leo Messi

 

So much has been said about the Argentinian star, Leo Messi, who has won every single title but the World Cup. He arrives in Russia in outstanding form after another brilliant domestic season, where he won both La Liga and the Copa del Rey. Messi has faced heartbreak after heartbreak with Argentina. At the age of 30, this could well be his last chance to win the World Cup, and after having lost the final four years ago, there is no doubt that he hopes to be in top form.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo

 

The same can be said for Portugal's star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, who is facing what is likely to be his last chance to win this trophy. The reigning Ballon d'Or has gone through some ups and downs this season with Real Madrid, but there's no denying his extraordinary skills when facing the opposing team’s goal. He scored 44 goals in 44 games for Madrid last season and is sure to prove pivotal for his country in the World Cup.

 

Mo Salah

 

At the beginning of the season, nobody would have guessed that Mo Salah would make anyone's top stars list. The Egyptian's superb performance with Liverpool, however, saw him win the best player of the Premier League award. His national team.

 

Neymar

 

Brazil's Neymar did everything he could to recover from his injury just in time for the World Cup. The Brazilian, whose World Cup hopes collapsed in 2014, when he was injured midway through the tournament, is seeking to win his first Ballon d'Or. He certainly has hopes of achieving this feat if his team are crowned world champions - and Brazil is indeed one of the favourite's to win the tournament.

 

Maradona: "Messi doesn't need to win a World Cup to be considered the best"

 

There is undoubtedly a fine line between the star players and those who go on to become legends. Euronews had the opportunity to talk about the stuff of legends with world football legend Diego Armando Maradona, who shared his insights.

 

World Cup Power Rankings


1. Brazil

 

Best case scenario: World Cup champs

Worst case scenario: Out in round of 16

Why ranked here: This has been the best team in World Cup qualifying and just dominated the most challenging region.

 

2. Germany

Best case scenario: World Cup champs

Worst case scenario: Out in quarterfinals

Why ranked here:  They are the reigning champs. Loaded with talent but maybe not as good as the 2014 World Cup team, they still have what it takes to win the cup, and this could be the coming out party for striker Timo Werner. 

 

3. France

Best case scenario: World Cup champs

Worst case scenario: Crashes out in knockout stage 

Why ranked here: Nothing will compare to the magic of the 1998 team, but this French team is up there with the best in the world and is absolutely stacked in attack. 

 

4. Spain

Best case scenario: World Cup champs

Worst case scenario: Out in round of 16

Why ranked here:  Spain is back after that horrific display in Brazil, but is there enough talent up top? It's always all about the midfield in Spain, and Isco's emergence at Real Madrid has been a great sign. 

 

5. Portugal

Best case scenario: World Cup champs

Worst case scenario: Out in knockout stage

Why ranked here:  Don't tell me they should be higher. Sure, this team won Euro 2016, but they were only in the knockout stage due to that ridiculous cup expansion that resulted in some third-place teams advancing.

 

6. Uruguay

Best case scenario: World Cup champs

Worst case scenario: Out in round of 16

Why ranked here: The second best team in South America during World Cup qualifying, when you have Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani in attack and a world class defender like Diego Godin at the back

 

7. Argentina

Best case scenario: World Cup champs

Worst case scenario: Out in knockout stage and Lionel Messi retires from national team

Why ranked here: Yeah, it's Lionel Messi and pretty much everybody else. 

 

8. Belgium

Best case scenario: World Cup champs

Worst case scenario: Out in round of 16

Why ranked here: Roberto Martinez has his work cut out for him. There is no shortage of amazing players on this team

 

9. England

Best case scenario: Semifinals

Worst case scenario: Out in knockout stage

Why ranked here: It's England, which means disappointment is expected. While the English have seemingly won every tournament this year at the youth level

 

10. Colombia

Best case scenario: Semifinals

Worst case scenario: Out in group stage

Why ranked here: It's James Rodriguez's team, and this is a squad with a fantastic coach is Jose Pekerman, who got them to the quarterfinals at the last World Cup. 

 

Do you think which team will win this 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™? You can leave your prediction below in the comment section. And don't forget to share this article to get 200 chaos, if your friends are playing Path of Exile too, tell all of them this news!

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