2018 FIFA World Cup (Groups, Venues, Teams, Key Players)

2018 FIFA World Cup Team, Key Player, Group, Venues
2018 FIFA World Cup Team, Key Player, Group, Venues

2018 FIFA World Cup (Groups, Venues, Teams, Key Players)

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2018 FIFA Wolrd Cup will be 21st FIFA World Cup contested by the men’s national teams of the member associations of the FIFA. It will take place in Russia from 14 June to 15 July 2018. This is the first time that Russia will be hosting the World Cup. Hosting doesn’t come cheap, though: Reports indicate Russia’s budget has increased to $11.8 Billion. Find details about 2018 FIFA World Cup Team, Key Player, Group, Venues below:

Groups


Group A                                                                               

  • Russia
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Egypt
  • Uruguay

Group B

  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Morocco
  • Iran

Group C

  • France
  • Australia
  • Peru
  • Denmark

Group D

  • Argentina
  • Iceland
  • Croatia
  • Nigeria

Group E     

  • Brazil
  • Switzerland
  • Costa Rica
  • Serbia

Group F

  • Germany
  • Mexico
  • Sweden
  • Korea Republic

Group G

  • Belgium
  • Panama
  • Tunisia
  • England                                                                        

Group H

  • Poland
  • Senegal
  • Colombia
  • Japan                                                                      

2018 FIFA World Cup Team, Key Player, Group, Venues

Venues


Games will take place in:

Moscow

St. Petersburg

Kaliningrad

Kazan

Samara

Nizhny

Novgorod

Sarank

Yekaterinburg

Sochi

Volgograd 

Rostov-on-Don

2018 FIFA World Cup Team, Key Player, Group, Venues

Teams

32 are now confirmed for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Following are the names of the teams with their key players:

AUSTRALIA


The Socceroos are making their fifth appearance at a World Cup.

Key Player – Tim Cahill may be 37 years old but he continues to be his country’s talisman. The former Everton midfielder has scored 11 times during qualification, including the two decisive goals in Australia’s second-leg victory over Syria.

IRAN


Team Melli were the first Asian team to qualify for Russia 2018.

Key player: Striker Sardar Azmoun is arguably Asia’s best striker since his compatriot Ali Daei, who scored more international goals than any other male player. The 22-year-old Azmoun is strong with both feet, and in the air, and plays his club football for Russian side Rubin Kazan.

JAPAN


The Japanese have made the Round of 16 on two occasions.

Key player: Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa and Leicester forward Shinji Okazaki will of course be key, but a young forward on the books at Arsenal could be leading the line come next summer.

KOREA REPUBLIC


The Taeguk Warriors have been a World Cup ever-present since 1986.

Key player: Son Heung-min has showcased his trickery at Tottenham and is the stand-out name on the team sheet. He has managed just one international goal since the start of 2016 however, as the side have struggled in front of goal. And keep an eye out for Lee Dong-gook who came on as a substitute in their final qualifier and will be 39 by the time the World Cup comes around. The former Middlesbrough striker boasts 105 caps spanning 19 years.

SAUDI ARABIA


The Saudis made their World Cup debut at USA 1994.

Key player: Yahya Al Shehri, a 27-year-old winger, has been at the centre of the national team’s rejuvenation since making his debut as a teenager. He became the most expensive Saudi footballer in 2013 when he moved from Ettifaq to Al-Nassr for £9.6m.

EGYPT


The Pharaohs are making their first world finals appearance since Italy 1990.

Key player: Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s major summer signing, is Egypt’s most talented player. The speedy forward has scored 32 goals in 56 international appearances, including five during qualifying for Russia.

MOROCCO


The Atlas Lions topped African zone Group C in qualification.

Key player: He has not been a regular with club side Juventus this season (there is some stiff competition there at the back) but defender Medhi Benatia is extremely highly rated at the Italian champions, who signed him on a permanent deal from Bayern Munich this year following a successful loan spell. The 30-year-old is Morocco’s captain and has 52 caps to his name, five of which came during a 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign in which they did not concede a goal. He also scored one of the goals in the 2-0 win over Ivory Coast that sealed their place in Russia.

NIGERIA


The Super Eagles have only missed one tournament since their debut at USA 1994.

Key player: Captain John Mikel Obi, the most experienced member of the squad with 80 caps, will be a key figure for the Super Eagles in Russia. This will be the former Chelsea midfielder’s second World Cup – the 30-year-old helped the team reach the knockout stages in 2014 for the first time since 1998. He now plays in China with Tianjin Teda.

SENEGAL


In their debut at Korea/Japan 2002, the Lions of Teranga reached the quarter-finals.

Key player: Sadio Mane is the West African team’s most experienced player with 48 caps and 14 goals since his debut in 2012. In 2015 he set a new Premier League record for the fastest hat-trick after scoring three times in 176 seconds during a 6-1 Southampton win over Aston Villa. When he transferred to Liverpool in 2016, he became the most expensive African player in history at the time, for a fee of £34m.

TUNISIA


At Argentina 1978, the Carthage Eagles became the first African team to win a World Cup match.

Key player: Centre-back Aymen Abdennour is an experienced and talented figure in Tunisia’s defence. Currently on loan at French club Marseille from Valencia, he has 57 international caps and has scored twice. Previously linked with moves to the Premier League with both Everton and Chelsea, the 28-year-old was recently reported to be on Watford’s radar.

COSTA RICA


Los Ticos impressed at Brazil 2014, making the quarter-finals.

Key player: Bologna defender Giancarlo Gonzalez made the BBC pundits’ team of the tournament in 2014, but the man on whom Costa Rica’s recent success is built is Keylor Navas. The 30-year-old goalkeeper’s performances at the last World Cup earned him a move to Real Madrid. Since then he has established himself as the number one there, winning one Spanish league title and two Champions Leagues.

MEXICO


The Mexicans lost just once in qualifying for Russia 2018.

Key player: Hirving Lozano has scored three goals in three games since leaving Pachuca for PSV Eindhoven this summer, and the 22-year-old is also becoming the star of the national team, netting Mexico’s winner against Panama.

PANAMA


The central Americans are making their World Cup debut in Russia.

Key player: Roman Torres, 31, is a central defender who plays for Seattle Sounders and whose composure and leadership will be vital if Panama are to have any chance of making an impression in Russia. His name has already been etched indelibly into Panama’s history after scoring the winning goal against Costa Rica that clinched their qualification.

ARGENTINA


The two-time champions appeared at the inaugural edition at Uruguay 1930.

Key player: Lionel Messi. Messi, who has been voted the best player in the world on five occasions, scored the hat-trick in the last round of South American Qualifying against Ecuador to take Argentina to the finals.

BRAZIL


A Seleção were the first team to qualify after hosts Russia.

Key player: Eden Hazard. The twinkle-toed Chelsea forward unlocks defenses with his rapid change of pace, close control and eye for a pass. He also wears the captain’s armband for Roberto Martinez’s side.

COLOMBIA


Los Cafeteros coach Jose Pekerman was in charge of his native Argentina at Germany 2006.

Key player: James Rodriguez. The attacking midfielder, who is on loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid, won the Golden Boot in the 2014 World Cup, awarded to the top goalscorer in the competition. He scored six goals in that World Cup.

PERU


The Peruvians return to the world finals for the first time in 36 years.

Key player: Farfan, who plays for Lokomotiv Moscow, has made 79 appearances for Peru, scoring 23 goals. The 33-year-old is known for his speed and scored three goals in four matches during qualifying.

URUGUAY


La Celeste were world champions as hosts in 1930 and at Brazil 1950.

Key player: Luis Suarez. Barcelona forward Suarez is the country’s record goalscorer and scored twice in their last qualifier against Bolivia to secure their qualification.

BELGIUM


The Belgians went undefeated in topping UEFA Group H in qualifying.

Key player: Eden Hazard. The twinkle-toed Chelsea forward unlocks defenses with his rapid change of pace, close control and eye for a pass. He also wears the captain’s armband for Roberto Martinez’s side.

CROATIA


The Croatians finished third in their World Cup debut at France 1998.

Key player: Luka Modric – once of Tottenham, now at Real Madrid – is the creative force at the heart of the Croatia side. Blessed with superb touch and vision, the 32-year-old has won the Champions League three times with his current club. He recently clocked up a century for his country, for whom he has scored 12 times.

DENMARK


The Danes secured qualification with a comfortable play-off win over Republic of Ireland.

Key player: All of Denmark’s best play goes through Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen. Not only does he set up strikes for his team-mates, the former Ajax player has chipped in with 18 goals from 74 caps.

ENGLAND


The Three Lions have made the finals 14 times from 16 qualifying campaigns.

Key player: With 13 goals for club and country in September, Harry Kane is one of the world’s most in-form strikers. His 27 goals in 2017 puts him only nine behind Lionel Messi.

FRANCE


Les Bleus are making a sixth-straight world finals appearance.

Key player: Antoine Griezmann. The Atletico Madrid striker was the top scorer with six goals as France reached the Euro 2016 final and scored the second as France beat Belarus 2-1 to secure their qualification on 10 October.

GERMANY


The defending world champions registered a 100 percent record in qualifying.

Key player: Toni Kroos. Apart from Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil, the Real Madrid midfielder is the most experienced player in the squad and keeps things ticking over. Since helping Germany win the 2014 World Cup, he has won two Champions League titles, one La Liga title and two FIFA Club World Cup titles.

ICELAND


The smallest country by population ever to qualify for a World Cup.

Key player: It is difficult to look beyond Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson. The 28-year-old midfielder scored the opening goal against Kosovo and is a superb striker of the ball from long range.

POLAND


The Poles finished third at Germany 1974 and Spain 1982.

Key player: Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski has scored 16 goals in nine qualifying matches for Poland and is their all-time record goal-scorer. The skipper has scored 51 international goals in 91 games.

PORTUGAL


A Seleção das Quinas are making a fifth-straight finals appearance.

Key player: Who else? Cristiano Ronaldo. He has been voted the best player in the world four times, he is the country’s most capped player and also their record goalscorer. The Real Madrid forward, a four-time Champions League winner, scored 15 goals for Portugal during their World Cup qualification campaign.

RUSSIA


As the Soviet Union, the World Cup hosts finished fourth at England 1966.

Key player: Veteran goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev has won more than 100 caps and his experience could be vital. The 31-year-old, who has spent his entire career at CSKA Moscow, is likely to captain the hosts.

SERBIA


The Serbs topped UEFA Group D in qualification with only one defeat.

Key player: Branislav Ivanovic is closing in on his 100th cap and remains a key player for Serbia. He is their captain and leader. “We look forward to playing for you in Russia”, he said in an address to the fans on the pitch after they secured qualification.

SPAIN


Champions in 2010, Spain’s World Cup debut was at Italy 1934.

Key player: Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco has been in fine form during qualifying, with six goals and an assist in Spain’s past seven matches. He has seven goals in 23 appearances in his international career.

SWEDEN


The Swedes were runners-up as World Cup hosts in 1958.

Key player: Replacing Zlatan Ibrahimovic was never going to be an easy task, but Al Ain striker Marcus Berg scored eight times in 10 qualifying matches as Sweden finished runners-up to France before beating Italy in the play-offs.

SWITZERLAND


The Swiss have reached the quarter-finals on three occasions.

Key player: Xherdan Shaqiri. The talented Stoke City play-maker has scored 20 goals for his country, including a hat-trick against Honduras at the last World Cup.

2018 FIFA World Cup Team, Key Player, Group, Venues

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