2018 FIFA World Cup Finals

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The draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Finals starts in a little under half an hour, so it's time for the thread!

32 teams have qualified, with all of the previous champions except for Italy represented. Perennial tournament favourites and nearly-men Netherlands also failed to qualify. Iceland and Panama are here for the first time ever, with Iceland by far the smallest nation to ever qualify. Peru (1986), Morocco (1998) and Egypt (1990) are also back after long absences, and Senegal returns for its second World Cup finals, after one of the biggest shocks ever in Finals history at its first, in 2002, beating defending champions France in the opening match.

Germany are back to defend their title, while Russia hosts.

Group Stage

Knockout Stage

The Draw
 
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Group Stage:

Group A

1 -
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Uruguay - P3 - W3 D0 L0 - +5 -0 GD+5 - 9pt
2 -
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Russia - P3 - W2 D0 L1 - +8 -4 GD+4 - 6pt

3 -
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Saudi Arabia - P3 - W1 D0 L2 - +2 -7 GD-5 - 3pt
4 -
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Egypt - P3 - W0 D0 L3 - +2 -6 GD-4 - 0pt

14/06/2018 - Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia
15/06/2018 - Egypt 0-1 Uruguay
19/06/2018 - Russia 3-1 Egypt
20/06/2018 - Uruguay 1-0 Saudi Arabia;
Saudi Arabia, Egypt eliminated
25/06/2018 - Uruguay 3-0 Russia
25/06/2018 - Saudi Arabia 2-1 Egypt


Group B
1 -
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Spain - P3 - W1 D2 L0 - +6 -5 GD+1 - 5pt
2 -
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Portugal - P3 - W1 D2 L0 - +5 -4 GD+1 - 5pt

3 -
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Iran - P3 - W1 D1 L1 - +2 -2 GD0 - 4pt
4 -
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Morocco - P3 - W0 D1 L2 - +2 -4 GD-2 - 1pt

15/06/2018 - Morocco 0-1 Iran
15/06/2018 - Portugal 3-3 Spain
20/06/2018 - Portugal 1-0 Morocco;
Morocco eliminated
20/06/2018 - Iran 0-1 Spain
25/06/2018 - Iran 1-1 Portugal;
Iran eliminated
25/06/2018 - Spain 2-2 Morocco


Group C
1 -
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France - P3 - W2 D1 L0 - +3 -1 GD+2 - 7pt
2 -
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Denmark - P3 - W1 D2 L0 - +2 -1 GD+1 - 5pt

3 -
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Peru - P3 - W1 D0 L2 - +2 -2 GD0 - 3pt
4 -
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Australia - P3 - W0 D1 L2 - +2 -5 GD-3 - 1pt

16/06/2018 - France 2-1 Australia
16/06/2018 - Peru 0-1 Denmark
21/06/2018 - Denmark 1-1 Australia
21/06/2018 - France 1-0 Peru;
Peru eliminated
26/06/2018 - Denmark 0-0 France
26/06/2018 - Australia 0-2 Peru;
Australia eliminated


Group D
1 -
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Croatia - P3 - W3 D0 L0 - +7 -1 GD+6 - 9pt
2 -
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Argentina - P3 - W1 D1 L1 - +3 -5 GD-2 - 4pt

3 -
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Nigeria - P3 - W1 D0 L2 - +3 -4 GD-1 - 3pt
4 -
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Iceland - P3 - W0 D1 L2 - +2 -5 GD-3 - 1pt

16/06/2018 - Argentina 1-1 Iceland
16/06/2018 - Croatia 2-0 Nigeria
21/06/2018 - Argentina 0-3 Croatia
22/06/2018 - Nigeria 2-0 Iceland
26/06/2018 - Nigeria 1-2 Argentina;
Nigeria eliminated
26/06/2018 - Iceland 1-2 Croatia;
Iceland eliminated


Group E
1 -
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Brazil - P3 - W2 D1 L0 - +5 -1 GD+4 - 7pt
2 -
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Switzerland - P3 - W1 D2 L0 - +5 -4 GD+1 - 5pt

3 -
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Serbia - P3 - W1 D0 L2 - +2 -4 GD-2 - 3pt
4 -
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Costa Rica - P3 - W0 D1 L2 - +3 -5 GD-3 - 1pt

17/06/2018 - Costa Rica 0-1 Serbia
17/06/2018 - Brazil 1-1 Switzerland
22/06/2018 - Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica;
Costa Rica eliminated
22/06/2018 - Serbia 1-2 Switzerland
27/06/2018 - Serbia 0-2 Brazil;
Serbia eliminated
27/06/2018 - Switzerland 2-2 Costa Rica


Group F
1 -
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Sweden - P3 - W2 D0 L1 - +5 -2 GD+3 - 6pt
2 -
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Mexico - P3 - W2 D0 L1 - +3 -4 GD-1 - 6pt

3 -
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South Korea - P3 - W1 D0 L2 - +3 -3 GD0 - 3pt
4 -
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Germany - P3 - W1 D0 L2 - +2 -4 GD-2 - 3pt

17/06/2018 - Germany 0-1 Mexico
18/06/2018 - Sweden 1-0 South Korea
23/06/2018 - South Korea 1-2 Mexico
23/06/2018 - Germany 2-1 Sweden
27/06/2018 - Mexico 0-3 Sweden
27/06/2018 - South Korea 2-0 Germany;
Germany, South Korea eliminated


Group G
1 -
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Belgium - P3 - W3 D0 L0 - +9 -2 GD+7 - 9pt
2 -
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England - P3 - W2 D0 L1 - +8 -3 GD+5 - 6pt

3 -
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Tunisia - P3 - W1 D0 L2 - +5 -8 GD-3 - 3pt
4 -
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Panama - P3 - W0 D0 L3 - +2 -11 GD-9 - 0pt

18/06/2018 - Belgium 3-0 Panama
18/06/2018 - Tunisia 1-2 England
23/06/2018 - Belgium 5-2 Tunisia
24/06/2018 - England 6-1 Panama;
Panama, Tunisia eliminated
28/06/2018 - England 0-1 Belgium
28/06/2018 - Panama 1-2 Tunisia


Group H
1 -
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Colombia - P3 - W2 D0 L1 - +5 -2 GD+3 - 6pt
2 -
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Japan - P3 - W1 D1 L1 - +4 -4 GD0 - 4pt

3 -
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Senegal - P3 - W1 D1 L1 - +4 -4 GD0 - 4pt
4 -
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Poland - P3 - W1 D0 L2 - +2 -5 GD-3 - 3pt

19/06/2018 - Poland 1-2 Senegal
19/06/2018 - Colombia 1-2 Japan
24/06/2018 - Japan 2-2 Senegal
24/06/2018 - Poland 0-3 Colombia;
Poland eliminated
28/06/2018 - Japan 0-1 Poland
28/06/2018 - Senegal 0-1 Colombia;
Senegal eliminated
 
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Knockout Stage:

Round 2

30/06/2018 1 -
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Uruguay 2-1 Portugal
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30/06/2018 2 -
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France 4-3 Argentina
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01/07/2018 5 -
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Spain 1-1 Russia
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; After Extra Time, 1-1 after 90 minutes; Russia win 4-3 on penalties
01/07/2018 6 -
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Croatia 1-1 Denmark
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; After Extra Time, 1-1 after 90 minutes; Croatia win 3-2 on penalties
02/07/2018 3 -
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Brazil 2-0 Mexico
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02/07/2018 4 -
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Belgium 3-2 Japan
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03/07/2018 7 -
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Sweden 1-0 Switzerland
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03/07/2018 8 -
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Colombia 1-1 England
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; After Extra Time, 1-1 after 90 minutes; England (!) win 4-3 on penalties

Quarter-Finals
06/07/2018 A -
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France 2-0 Uruguay
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06/07/2018 B -
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Brazil 1-2 Belgium
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07/07/2018 D -
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Sweden 0-2 England
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07/07/2018 C -
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Russia 2-2 Croatia
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; After Extra Time, 1-1 after 90 minutes; Croatia win 4-3 on penalties


Semi-Finals
10/07/2018 1 -
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France 1-0 Belgium
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11/07/2018 2 -
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Croatia 2-1 England
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; After Extra Time, 1-1 after 90 minutes

Third Place Playoff
14/07/2018 -
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Belgium 2-0 England
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Final
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France 4-2 Croatia
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15/07/2018

Top scorers
6 - Harry Kane (England)
4 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
4 - Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)
4 - Denis Cheryshev (Russia)
3 - Diego Costa (Spain)
3 - Kylian Mbappe (France)
3 - Edinson Cavani (Uruguay)
3 - Antoine Griezmann (France)
 
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The pots for the draw look like this:
Pot A
Russia (hosts)
Germany (1)
Brazil (2)
Portugal (3)
Argentina (4)
Belgium (5)
Poland (6)
France (7)

Pot B
Spain (8)
Peru (10)
Switzerland (11)
England (12)
Colombia (13)
Mexico (16)
Uruguay (17)
Croatia (18)

Pot 3
Denmark (19)
Iceland (21)
Costa Rica (22)
Sweden (25)
Tunisia (28)
Egypt (30)
Senegal (32)
Iran (34)

Pot 4
Serbia (38)
Nigeria (41)
Australia (43)
Japan (44)
Morocco (48)
Panama (49)
South Korea (62)
Saudi Arabia (63)

Aside from UEFA, no two teams from the same Confederation can be drawn into the same group, and no more than two teams from UEFA can be drawn into the same group.

The groups with the lowest average ranking possible would be:
Brazil
Spain
Costa Rica
Serbia

and
Brazil
Spain
Denmark
Nigeria

Potential Groups of Death are:
Germany/Brazil
Mexico
Egypt
Serbia

or
Germany
Colombia
Egypt
Serbia

or
Portugal
Spain
Egypt
Nigeria

While any team drawn in this group would be incredibly optimistic about the next round:
Poland
Peru/England*
Iceland*/Senegal
Panama
 
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The draw so far:

Group A
Russia
Uruguay
Egypt
Saudi Arabia

Group B
Portugal
Spain
Iran
Morocco

Group C
France
Peru
Denmark
Australia

Group D
Argentina
Croatia
Iceland
Nigeria

Group E
Brazil
Switzerland
Costa Rica
Serbia

Group F
Germany
Mexico
Sweden
South Korea

Group G
Belgium
England
Tunisia
Panama

Group H
Poland
Colombia
Senegal
Japan
 
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Russia
Saudi Arabia
Egypt
Uruguay

Looking like the group of life at the moment.
 
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We are done :'v

Better start planning for Qatar. We have no chance to go through the group stage.
 

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For Group of Death... Well, by the October rankings, this group has the lowest mean ranking, of 18.25:
Group E
Brazil
Switzerland
Costa Rica
Serbia
But by the November rankings, this group's 17.75 mean ranking beats it:
Group C
France
Peru
Denmark
Australia
And you'll be shocked to learn that this group has the lowest, at 43.75/45:
Group A
Russia
Uruguay
Egypt
Saudi Arabia
Although that includes Russia's ranking of 65 - but even without it, the group ranks at around 38, 13 ranking points below the next easiest group.

And by November rankings that's as easy a possible draw as Russia could have got... Imagine that.
 

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For Group of Death... Well, by the October rankings, this group has the lowest mean ranking, of 18.25:

But by the November rankings, this group's 17.75 mean ranking beats it:

And you'll be shocked to learn that this group has the lowest, at 43.75/45:

Although that includes Russia's ranking of 65 - but even without it, the group ranks at around 38, 13 ranking points below the next easiest group.

And by November rankings that's as easy a possible draw as Russia could have got... Imagine that.
You're not suggesting a draw done in Russia rigged a draw to give Russia an easy group do you?
 

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You're not suggesting a draw done in Russia rigged a draw to give Russia an easy group do you?
Not at all, as my coffee is wonderful as it is without any polonium flavouring.

Edit: I've filled in the group and knockout stage fixtures in posts two and three... So who do we think will make the semis?
 
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Group of Death for me is Group D. Argentina, Iceland, Croatia and Nigeria, all top teams who are capable of beating each other.

Good draw for England.
 

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I think I'm going for the knockouts as:

Uruguay - Portugal
France - Argentina
Spain - Egypt
Brazil - Mexico
Iceland - Australia
Belgium - Poland
Germany - Switzerland
Colombia - England

Which should lead to:
France - Portugal
Spain - Brazil
Iceland - Belgium
Germany - England

Then:
Portugal - Brazil
Belgium - Germany

And, finally:
Brazil - Germany


Tasty.
 
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Russia v Saudi Arabia.

What an absolute cracker to open with.
Oil Clasico.

Anyway, the draw for England is fine. Could have had so much worse than Belgium and the other two are some of the softer opponents we could've gotten. As for my other team, Croatia's up against it. No way do they beat Argentina, and both Iceland and Nigeria could get second spot.
 
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Good thing the we (the Netherlands) are boycotting the event for Russia messing with the 2016 us presidential election! Oh wait...
 

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The one thing I am really looking forward to is the Russian hooligans. I really hope they deliver.
 

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What did FIFA do?

FIFA only gave him a 6 month ban. It's WADA that got it increased to 14 months.
Still, whoever was the responsable ((beep) you WADA, of course), it's really absurd and injust for a player of his kind, specially being this close to the world cup and considering it's dopping regulation (which is null), and considering a coke-junkie as well is FIFA ambassador...

Edit: Also, technically they give him 8 more months, since they considered the last 6...
 

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England's 23 (for those that care, if you're out there)

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland, Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope.

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold, Gary Cahill, Fabian Delph, Phil Jones, Harry Maguire, Danny Rose, John Stones, Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Ashley Young.

Midfielders: Dele Alli, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Jesse Lingard, Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Forwards: Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford, Raheem Sterling, Jamie Vardy, Danny Welbeck.