The opening match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place in just a few short months, making it one of the most anticipated athletic events of all time.
From June 14 through July 15, 2018, 32 teams will compete against one another in rounds of thrilling action that will electrify fans. The winner of this competition will take home the prized trophy.
The qualification process for this international championship was not easy since there were 210 teams vying for only 31 available seats (as the hosting nation, the Russian team automatically qualifies).
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A Challenging Qualifying Experience
Brazil will be the first nation to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup successfully. The success of their effort was remarkable. This occurred after they changed their administration and coaching staff, with Tite being hired as their new coach in June of 2016.
The previous World Cup that this squad competed in on their home turf was a complete and utter failure, but they have made a full and satisfying recovery since then.
In 2014, they were subjected to total and utter humiliation at the hands of eventual champion Germany as a score of 7-1 routed them. They could not bounce back from the defeat and ended up in third place as the Netherlands defeated them 3-0 and moved on to the semifinals.
It would appear that they are determined to make up for the failures of 2014. Including fresh, youthful talent has resulted in a team that appears to have better cohesion and more creative potential.
They have not suffered a defeat in any of their qualifiers, and their approach of appointing new leaders for each contest appears to be paying off for them.
They need to win one more championship to bring their total to six, adding to the five they already hold. Will they execute the plan in Russia?
Germany advanced to the next round after finishing first in their group after earning a 3-1 victory over Northern Ireland. This squad is the reigning winner of the competition; in 2014, they won the tournament in Brazil by defeating Argentina 1-0 in overtime to claim the title.
Even with the departure of stars like Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Lukas Podolski, the squad still has several promising young players who will guarantee that the winning machine continues to churn.
In the 2016 Euro Championship semifinals, France eliminated them after suffering a 2-0 defeat. However, a young squad with just three players who had won the World Cup prevailed against a Chilean side with a lot of experience to win the Confederations Cup in Russia.
The squad has earned a reputation for playing lightning-quick football and boasting an impressive number of talented players within its ranks.
Since their embarrassing elimination in the group round of the 2004 European Championships, they have advanced to the semifinals of every major competition. Since then, they have improved their football structure and made the development of younger players a top emphasis.
The outcomes have far exceeded expectations. If they successfully defend their title in the World Cup, they will maintain their preeminence on the international scene for much longer.
After a brutal qualifying campaign, Argentina was able to go to the World Cup thanks to a three-trick scored by Lionel Messi in their match against Ecuador. During this moment, they had to switch coaches to save the ship that was sinking.
In the final match of the 2007 Copa America, they were defeated by Brazil. Even though they were considered among the tournament’s top favorites, they were eliminated by Germany in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa quarterfinals with a score of 4-0.
They were defeated in the penalty shootout at the Copa America in 2012. They were unsuccessful at the World Cup, hosted in Brazil, and fell to Germany in the championship game by a 1-0.
They failed both attempts to win the Copa America finals, falling to Chile. Their dismal performance in the qualifying rounds almost cost them a spot in the event the following year.
Argentina possesses one of the most talented teams in football at the moment, but to make history, they need to win significant awards.
This generation, which Captain Messi is presently leading, needs to step up if they want to be recognized among the greatest in Argentina. Messi is the leader of this generation.
Will There Be a Tight Fight During This Tournament?
The draw will determine who will go up against who now that some heavy hitters have been given the green light to compete. The unexpected outcomes of the qualifying matches suggest that the 2018 World Cup in Russia will be an exciting competition.
Who Are The FIFA World Cup Qualifiers?
|Team||Date of Qualification||Last Appearance|
|Argentina||October 10, 2017||2014|
|Australia||November 15, 2017||2014|
|Belgium||September 3, 2017||2014|
|Brazil||March 28, 2017||2014|
|Colombia||October 10, 2017||2014|
|Costa Rica||October 7, 2017||2014|
|Croatia||November 12, 2017||2014|
|Denmark||November 14, 2017||2010|
|Egypt||October 8, 2017||1990|
|England||October 5, 2017||2014|
|France||October 10, 2017||2014|
|Germany||October 5, 2017||2014|
|Iceland||October 9, 2017||–|
|Iran||June 12, 2017||2014|
|Japan||August 31, 2017||2014|
|Mexico||September 1, 2017||2014|
|Morocco||November 11, 2017||1998|
|Nigeria||October 7, 2017||2014|
|Panama||October 10, 2017||–|
|Peru||November 15, 2017||1982|
|Poland||October 8, 2017||2006|
|Portugal||October 10, 2017||2014|
|Russia||December 2, 2010||2014|
|Saudi Arabia||September 5, 2017||2006|
|Senegal||November 10, 2017||2002|
|Serbia||October 9, 2017||2010|
|South Korea||September 5, 2017||2014|
|Spain||October 6, 2017||2014|
|Sweden||November 13, 2017||2006|
|Switzerland||November 12, 2017||2014|
|Tunisia||November 11, 2017||2006|
|Uruguay||October 10, 2017||2014|