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Fifa World Cup Guide

The international football tournament that is held every 4 years is now right around the corner. The event starts on 14th June and ends at 15th July 2018. The tournament is going to be hosted by Russia in its 11 cities which also includes Moscow and Saint Petersburg. The opening match of the FIFA world cup along with the semi-final and final matches will be played in Moscow in its Luzhniki Stadium, a stadium that can hold up to 80,000 people. Just imagine this number of people all cheering for their favorite team in the stadium, the excitement is addictive and the competition is tough.

Yet, for those of you who have just stepped in the football fan club and don’t know which team to support or which player to favor, here is your step by step guide.


  1. As for the most popular favorite teams, Brazil, Portugal, Germany and Belgium are all the favorite teams to win the World Cup of 2018. This is also partly because these teams performed exceptionally well in the previous FIFA World cup where Germany took home the trophy while Portugal won the Euro cup in 2016.

  2. Of course the above mentioned teams aren’t the only ones that are going to be participating in the FIFA World cup. Here is an entire list of countries that will be a part of the big game:

CountryRegion
RussiaUEFA (hosts)
AustraliaAFC
IranAFC
JapanAFC
Saudi ArabiaAFC
South KoreaAFC
EgyptCAF
MoroccoCAF
NigeriaCAF
SenegalCAF
TunisiaCAF
Costa RicaCONCACAF
MexicoCONCACAF
PanamaCONCACAF
ArgentinaCONMEBOL
BrazilCONMEBOL
ColombiaCONMEBOL
PeruCONMEBOL
UruguayCONMEBOL
BelgiumUEFA
CroatiaUEFA
DenmarkUEFA
EnglandUEFA
FranceUEFA
GermanyUEFA
IcelandUEFA
PolandUEFA
PortugalUEFA
SerbiaUEFA
SpainUEFA
SwedenUEFA
SwitzerlandUEFA

  • The draw for the world cup which determines in which group the teams would be placed in gave us some unlikely categorizations. Portugal and Spain, the two countries that have always have had a healthy competition with each other are now a part of group B. On the other hand the “group of Death”, a name given to the strongest group among pundits is the group D. It has all the strong contenders all of whom have the capacity to go past the knockout stage easily. Take a look at all the group yourself:

Group AGroup B
RussiaPortugal
Saudi ArabiaSpain
EgyptMorocco
UruguayIran

Group CGroup D
FranceArgentina
AustraliaIceland
PeruCroatia
DenmarkNigeria

Group EGroup F
BrazilGermany
SwitzerlandMexico
Costa RicaSweden
SerbiaSouth Korea

Group GGroup H
BelgiumPoland
PanamaSenegal
TunisiaColombia
EnglandJapan

These are the players that you should be familiar with from each country as they are their key players or an emerging talent in their country. These players have the potential to lead their teams to a lot of victories in the tournament.


  • Argentina — NicolásOtamendi.
  • Australia — Aaron Mooy.
  • Belgium — Kevin de Bruyne.
  • Brazil — Gabriel Jesus.
  • Colombia — Radamel Falcao.
  • Costa Rica — KeylorNavas.
  • Croatia — Ivan Perišić.
  • Denmark — Christian Eriksen.
  • England — Raheem Sterling.
  • Egypt — Mohamed Salah.
  • France — RaphaëlVarane.
  • Germany (defending champions) — Manuel Neuer.
  • Iceland — GylfiSigurðsson.
  • Iran — SardarAzmoun.
  • Japan — Keisuke Honda.
  • Mexico — Hirving Lozano.
  • Morocco — Mehdi Benatia.
  • Nigeria — Leon Balogun.
  • Panama — Luis Tejeda.
  • Peru — Paolo Guerrero.
  • Poland — KamilGlik.
  • Portugal — André Silva.
  • Russia (hosts) — Igor Akinfeev.
  • Saudi Arabia — Mohammad Al-Sahlawi.
  • Senegal — SadioMané.
  • Serbia — AleksandarPrijović.
  • South Korea — Heung-min Son.
  • Spain — Isco.
  • Sweden — Emil Forsberg.
  • Switzerland — Fabian Schär.
  • Tunisia — Youssef Msakni.
  • Uruguay — EdinsonCavani.

So that is it. Now you know all the main things that you need to know about FIFA world cup and enjoy the game to the fullest without looking dumb.

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Uzair Saqib
A media student aspiring to be a writer and making a difference with his writing. Nothing makes me feel better than when I am able to help someone with my advice and I always intend to follow this route.

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