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2018 World Cup Finals in Russia

After all the recent FIFA executive scandals and resignations it's time to get back to what matters most in world football.

Who will win the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia?

Qualifying for the 2018 World Cup is almost complete.

Russia Qualify as Hosts

Joining them from Europe

Travel to Belgium Belgium, Travel to England England, Travel to France France, Travel to Germany Germany, Travel to Iceland Iceland, Travel to Poland Poland, Travel to Portugal Portugal, Travel to Serbia Serbia and Travel to Spain Spain.

Europe Play-Offs

First legs to be played between November 9 and 11.

Travel to Croatia Croatia - Greece
Travel to Denmark Denmark - Republic of Ireland
Travel to Northern Ireland Northern Ireland - Switzerland
Travel to Sweden Sweden - Italy

Second legs to be played between November 12 and 14.

Travel to Greece Greece - Croatia
Travel to Italy Italy - Sweden
Travel to Ireland Republic of Ireland - Denmark
Travel to Switzerland Switzerland - Northern Ireland

Qualified From Africa

Travel to Egypt Egypt and Travel to Nigeria Nigeria.

Final round of group matches take place in November.

Qualified From Asia

Travel to Iran Iran, Travel to Japan Japan, Travel to Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia and Travel to South Korea South Korea.

Travel to Australia Australia face Travel to Honduras Honduras in a play-off.

Qualified From CONCACAF

Travel to Costa Rica Costa Rica, Travel to Mexico Mexico, and Travel to Panama Panama.

Qualified From CONMEBOL

Travel to Argentina Argentina, Travel to Brazil Brazil, Travel to Colombia Colombia and Travel to Uruguay Uruguay.

OCEANIA

Travel to New Zealand New Zealand meet Travel to Peru Peru in a play-off for a place in Russia.

The draw for the group stages of the 2018 World Cup Finals will take place on Friday, 1st December at the State Kremlin Palace, inside the Moscow Kremlin.

Countries will go into four pots to determine their place in the four-team groups, from A to H.

England's Friendly Matches
Germany (H) - 10th November
Brazil (H) - 14th November

To Be Confirmed:
Italy (H) - 23rd March
Netherlands (A) - 27th March

The Premier League season ends on 13th May and the Champions League final take place on the 26th.

There's then a small window of opportunity for pre-tournament friendly matches with possible England dates 30th May, 5th and 8th June.

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World Cup Winners

5. Travel to Brazil Brazil.

4. Travel to Germany Germany.

4. Travel to Italy Italy.

2. Travel to Argentina Argentina.

2. Travel to Uruguay Uruguay.

1. Travel to England England.

1. Travel to France France.

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World Cup Match Archives

France 98:
France win the World Cup on home soil.

Korea-Japan 2002:
Brazil win the World Cup for the 5th time.

Germany 2006:
Zidane ends it all in a final head-but.

South Africa 2010:
Spain win the trophy hunt at the Soccer Safari.

Brazil 2014:
Putting the Samba back into football; German style.

Coming Soon: Russia 2018

Appearances:
How many appearances each country has made in the World Cup Finals.

Euro 2020 - Around Europe

The Euro 2020 finals will be staged in 13 cities around Europe; marketed as a 'EURO for Europe'.

The UEFA Executive Committee appointed the host cities in September 2014, with a maximum of one venue per country allowed.

Three Group Games & One Round of 16 Game

Travel to Holland Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Travel to Spain Bilbao, Spain.
Travel to Belgium Brussels, Belgium.
Travel to Romania Bucharest, Romania.
Travel to Hungary Budapest, Hungary.
Travel to Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark.
Travel to Ireland Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
Travel to Scotland Glasgow, Scotland.

Three Group Games & One Quarter-Final

Travel to Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel to Germany Munich, Germany.
Travel to Italy Rome, Italy.
Travel to Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia.

London 2020

Hosts for the Euro 2020 final and semi-finals.

Travel to England London, England.

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