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Meet the 32 Finalists for Russia 2018 World Cup Draws

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 Meet the 32 Finalists for Russia 2018 World Cup Draws
 
The countries of the world that strove tirelessly to make the final list for Russia 2018 World Cup draws have been revealed. 
Find below the 32 football nations for Russia 2018 world cup. The football governing body, FIFA will stage the draws for the World Cup in Moscow of Friday.
 
AFC
 
AUSTRALIA – The Socceroos are making their fifth appearance at a World Cup
 
IRAN – Team Melli were the first Asian team to qualify for Russia 2018
 
JAPAN – The Japanese have made the Round of 16 on two occasions
 
KOREA REPUBLIC – The Taeguk Warriors have been a World Cup ever-present since 1986
 
SAUDI ARABIA – The Saudis made their World Cup debut at USA 1994
 
 
CAF
 
 
EGYPT – The Pharaohs are making their first world finals appearance since Italy 1990
 
MOROCCO – The Atlas Lions topped African zone Group C in qualification
 
NIGERIA – The Super Eagles have only missed one tournament since their debut at USA 1994
 
SENEGAL – In their debut at Korea/Japan 2002, the Lions of Teranga reached the quarter-finals
 
TUNISIA – At Argentina 1978, the Carthage Eagles became the first African team to win a World Cup match
 
 
CONCACAF
 
 
COSTA RICA – Los Ticos impressed at Brazil 2014, making the quarter-finals
 
MEXICO – The Mexicans lost just once in qualifying for Russia 2018
 
PANAMA – The central Americans are making their World Cup debut in Russia
 
 
CONMEBOL
 
 
ARGENTINA – The two-time champions appeared at the inaugural edition at Uruguay 1930
 
BRAZIL – A Seleção were the first team to qualify after hosts Russia
 
COLOMBIA – Los Cafeteros coach Jose Pekerman was in charge of his native Argentina at Germany 2006
 
PERU – The Peruvians return to the world finals for the first time in 36 years
 
URUGUAY – La Celeste were world champions as hosts in 1930 and at Brazil 1950
 
UEFA
 
 
BELGIUM – The Belgians went undefeated in topping UEFA Group H in qualifying
 
CROATIA – The Croatians finished third in their World Cup debut at France 1998
 
DENMARK – The Danes secured qualification with a comfortable play-off win over Republic of Ireland
 
ENGLAND – The Three Lions have made the finals 14 times from 16 qualifying campaigns
 
FRANCE – Les Bleus are making a sixth-straight world finals appearance
 
GERMANY – The defending world champions registered a 100 per cent record in qualifying
 
ICELAND – The smallest country by population ever to qualify for a World Cup
 
POLAND – The Poles finished third at Germany 1974 and Spain 1982
 
PORTUGAL – A Seleção das Quinas are making a fifth-straight finals appearance
 
RUSSIA – As the Soviet Union, the World Cup hosts finished fourth at England 1966
 
SERBIA – The Serbs topped UEFA Group D in qualification with only one defeat
 
SPAIN – Champions in 2010, Spain’s World Cup debut was at Italy 1934
 
SWEDEN – The Swedes were runners-up as World Cup hosts in 1958
 
SWITZERLAND – The Swiss have reached the quarter-finals on three occasions
 
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