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Uruguay kicked off the World Cup in 1930, and since then the winner’s circle has been comprised of only a few nations.
To date, the winners are:
1990, West Germany
1974, West Germany
1954, West Germany
While World Cup 2018 in Russia is right around the corner there will be a few talented teams not competing. Though, with a little fine-tuning they should be back on the grand stage in four years.
The Top 5 Comeback Teams for World Cup 2022
4. United States
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The Top 5 Players going into Russia 2018.
1. Messi (Argentina)
2. Neymar (Brazil)
3. Hazard (Belgium)
4. C. Ronaldo (Portugal)
5. Griezmann (France)
The Dark Horse team of World Cup 2018: Egypt.
With the favorites being Germany, Brazil, Argentina and France, it would be easy to say the Dark Horse contender for the title will be Colombia, Uruguay, or even Japan and Nigeria. Though, Egypt has a solid group, with salient talent in Said (who has played with Egypt since 2008) and Salah (born in 1992, with experience at Chelsea and Roma). Though it will be a stretch for them to win the whole thing, or even reach the semi finals, the team once coached by Bob Bradley has a spark and they should be watched closely as the tounament progresses.
The FIFA World Cup in Russia has one group that stands out above the rest.
In this year's Final Draw, which partitioned the teams in a very even manner, the toughest Group has to be Group F.
Korea Republic (South Korea)
The Germans, of course, are the defending champs, and the recent winner of the 2017 Confederations Cup. Even without those accolades, they're always a favorite. But, the reality is they have many returning players from 2014 who are in their prime, with the same coach, who is a brilliant soccer mind, and nothing seems to be holding them back from a rare World Cup repeat title run. (Only Italy and Brazil have accomplished such a feat, in 1934, 1938 and 1958, 1962).
Mexico arguably has the best team in their history, with too much talent on the field at one time, including Hernandez, Guardado, Corona, Herrera and others. Despite their second round curse in past World Cups, they have the potential to make huge strides in Russia.
Sweden without Ibrahimovic will not be much to write home about, however, they are a solid team which put Italy to bed in the Preliminary Competition two-game playoff.
South Korea is one of Asia's most consistent performers. If they can find some 2002 magic they'll be on track. Regardless, this team right now is a solid one, and like Sweden, they have the capability to overthrow anyone at any given time.
Today, in Moscow, Russia (12-1-17 Moscow time), with the help of Gary Lineker and Maria Komandnaya, FIFA announced the World Cup draw for 2018.
World Cup 2018 Final Draw:
Korea Republic (South Korea)
The Four Pots of World Cup 2018 in Russia:
Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland and France.
Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and Croatia.
Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal and Iran.
Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, South Korea (Korea Republic) and Saudi Arabia.
On December 1, 2017, at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, the actual draw will be made. Always a big ordeal, FIFA announced the event on its website: “Gary Lineker and Maria Komandnaya to conduct Final Draw.”
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Tomorrow, November 15, 2017, the final WC 2018 Qualification Playoff games will be complete.
The remaining games are:
Honduras vs. Australia
(CONCACAF vs. Asia)
Peru vs. New Zealand
(S. America vs. Oceania)
The 32 Teams of World Cup Russia 2018
(Two of the above teams will join this group, making 32 in total.)
Germany, Spain, England, France, Russia, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Iceland, Portugal, Poland, Serbia, Sweden, Switzerland.
Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia.
Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama.
Japan, South Korea, Iran, Saudi Arabia.
Egypt, Nigeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Senegal.
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