Russia’s 2018 The Qualified teams. Since 2015, all the preparation for the 2018 World Cupat Russia was very much advanced already, having all the participant teams for the preliminaries ready to battle for their righteous place at the upcoming games. A period of 2 and a half years was given for the more than 200 teams, members of the FIFA confederation, were given the opportunity to participate in the qualifying process to choose 31 or 32 champions to get into the World Cup.
Russia’s 2018 The Qualified teams
The 32 nations who are going for it in a couple more months, at June the 14th are:
Russia (Hosts) – Brazil – Iran – Japan – Mexico – Belgium – South Korea – Saudi Arabia – Germany – England – Spain – Nigeria – Costa Rica – Poland – Egypt – Iceland – Serbia – Portugal – France – Uruguay – Argentina – Colombia – Panama – Senegal – Morocco – Tunisia – Switzerland – Croatia – Sweden – Denmark – Australia – Peru.
The highlights of those qualifiers are of course, the previous World Cup Winners and common international talents: Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Germany, England, Spain and France. Surprisingly, the only one lacking is four time winner, Italy.
Also, we can praise Peru for getting again into the games since 1982 and Morocco for coming back since 1998. Serbia is having its second appearance as it itself, since the dissolution of Serbia and Montenegro and their former union as Yugoslavia. There is also a special mention to Panama, which owned its place at the games for the first time ever in the celebration of World Cups, since the first tournament ever in history. Current host, Russia, participates for the fourth time and had the special honor of hosting the games.
For this upcoming championship there was the talk of expanding the number of entries for countries, from 32 to 48, the decision was almost taken in time to apply it for the next World Cup of 2022 but words were never done until late 2017. Therefore, the games stayed classic as they are, and the positions reached the 32 teams instead of 31.