FIFA World Cup 2018 Final Draw, Highlights: Russia, Saudi Arabia to play tournament opener on June 14

first_imgRussia and Saudi Arabia will kickstart the 2018 World Cup in Russia while Portugal and Spain are all set to go head to head in their tournament opener.Lionel Messi’s Argentina, who qualified for the World Cup in the dying moments, will have a tricky task against surprise element Iceland.Defending champions Germany will start their campaign against Mexico, who they beat in the semi-final of the Confederations Cup earlier this year.Group H can be called a group of death, consisting of Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan, where all teams will give each other a tough fight.21.30 IST: Here are all the groups of the 2018 World Cup Russia.Here they are! The groups for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia! ????º???Which game are you most looking forward to?! ???#WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/CYBTaqkgpF- #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201721.28 IST: Panama, Korea Republic and Japan complete Group G, F and H respectively.21.25 IST: Nigeria have been drawn in Group D and will face Croatia in their first match.21.25 IST: Australia are drawn in Group C and having occupied C2, they will be up against France in their opener.Peu importe ladversaire, on sera prt ! ???????? #CDM2018 pic.twitter.com/apIUz3IG6e- Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) December 1, 201721.24 IST: Morocco complete Group B and will face Iran in their opener.21.23 IST: Serbia have been drawn at E4 and will play Costa Rica in their opener. Group E consists of Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.21.21 IST: Saudi Arabia complete Group A at A2 and will take on Russia in the World Cup opener.advertisement????ºRussia???Saudi Arabia????????That’s how the #WorldCup will kick off in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow!????14 June 2018, here we come!#WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/hbrLPowPaJ- #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201721.19 IST: Sweden are drawn at F3 while Tunisia join England and Belgium at G3 and will face England in their opener.21.19 IST: Costa Rica join Brazil and Costa Rica in Group E at E3.21.17 IST: Iran are drawn at B4 and join Portugal and Spain in the group. Iceland will face Argentina in their opener having occupied D2.Iceland is home to around 330.000 people. In Argentina’s capital city Buenos Aires alone there live around 3 million people #WorldCupDraw- Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) December 1, 201721.17 IST: Denmark are drawn at C4, having to skip Group B because two European nations in Portugal and Spain were already drawn in that group.21.16 IST: Egypt are drawn along with Russia and Uruguay in Group A at the third spot, they’ll face Uruguay in their opener.21.14 IST: England have been drawn in the same group as Belgium at G4 while Colombia join Poland in the Group H at third spot. With that, the division from Pot 2 is complete.It’s Group G for the #ThreeLions, where we join Belgium. pic.twitter.com/YmXHpsu4IL- England (@England) December 1, 201721.13 IST: Mexico have been drawn at F2 and are set to face current World Cup holders Germany in their opening fixture.Happy memories of our last meeting with Mexico at the Confed Cup ??? ???????? #DieMannschaft #WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/OQUAhzjwiu- Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) December 1, 201721.12 IST: Having drawn at E2, Switzerland will be up against Brazil in their World Cup opener.21.11 IST: Peru have been drawn at C3 while Croatian join Argentina in Group C at the third position.21.10 IST: Spain have been drawn in the position B2 and the first Group B game in Sochi will be between Portugal and Spain.21.09 IST: Uruguay have been drawn at A4, in the same group as the hosts.#[email protected] integra el A encabezado por Rusia y debuta en Ekaterinburg el viernes 15 de junio ante A3. pic.twitter.com/0lJwOLhnUJ- Seleccin Uruguaya (@Uruguay) December 1, 201721.08 IST: Belgium and Poland have occupied G1 and H1 and with that the division from Pot 1 is [email protected] have been drawn! Time for coach Roberto Martinez to get planning…Who do you want to see them face? #WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/fm9QxiArma- #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201721.06 IST: Brazil and Germany have occupied E1 and F1 respectively.21.05 IST: Argentina occupy the first spot in Group D. They qualified for the World Cup in their very last qualifying game.21.04 IST: France, the Euro Cup 2016 runner-up, are draw at C1.21.03 IST: Portugal, the current European champions, are drawn in the Group B at B1.21.00 IST: Russia will automatically take the first spot in Group A by virtue of being the hosts. The other teams will be divided in the ceremony.As always, the hosts @TeamRussia, are the first out at the #WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/de2pMaZudX- #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201720.58 IST: Gary Lineker is now on the stage to conduct the draw ceremony.advertisement20.55 IST: The legends of the ‘beautiful game’ are now making their way to the stage to kickstart the final draw.The draw assistants are out and the teams are about to drawn at the #WorldCupDraw!Follow our Live Blog here ??? https://t.co/rYa6gFxmYq pic.twitter.com/1xw8PxP11X- #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201720.53 IST: The draw is just moment away! Russian artists put up a dance performance to enthrall the audiences.20.48 IST: A look at how the final draw took place back in the days.While the methods may have changed over time, the #WorldCupDraw has always teed up a fascinating #WorldCup! pic.twitter.com/16sebUKlNr- #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201720.46 IST: Miroslav Klose is on the stage with the World Cup trophy.The ??? is in good hands with Miro!#WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/SW7mCeBvB0- FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) December 1, 201720.43 IST: Ahead of the draw ceremony, artist Alsou and Portuguese-American guitarist Nuno Betancourt are performing for the audience.??º????#WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/GEIRogQUHy- #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201720.40 IST: The Mexican coach has a peculiar wish, he wants to be up against possession-based football.Who do you think [email protected] would want to get in the #WorldCupDraw to see Juan Carlos Osorio get his wish? ?? pic.twitter.com/11zjKAmDgs- #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201720.36 IST: Vladamir Putin has given the welcome address and has urged football fans to throng the stadium in Russia next year.20.31 IST: And the Final Draw event has begun!Everyone is in there seats! It’s time to get the #WorldCupDraw rolling!Just us in our Live Blog to follow all the drama!???https://t.co/rYa6gFxmYq pic.twitter.com/6EIQxCjOAc- #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201720.28 IST: Just two minutes for the final draw to begin.20.20 IST: It was Germany who won the World Cup 2014 in Brazil and come 2018, we’ll know who holds that trophy next.20.15 IST: All legends in that one frame!Backstage!!! #WorldCup #FIFALegends pic.twitter.com/D5xYzougPO- Cafu. (@officialcafu) December 1, 201720.10 IST: The stage is all set and we are just 20 mins away.20.05 IST: Footballing legends Carles Puyol and Diego Maradona are all gearing up for the Final Draw. Both of them will be playing the role of drawing assistants.With Maradona, one of footballs greatest legends. I enjoyed our chat about our shared passion for this incredible sport. Interesting and funny! Such a shame I couldnt play with you on the football field! pic.twitter.com/LbbO8BodqK- Carles Puyol (@Carles5puyol) December 1, 201720.00 IST: Just half an hour to go for the draw and the preparations are on.Photo Credit: FIFA 19.57 IST: Zabivaka is the mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.19.55 IST: The coach of Nigeria is looking forward to a battle with [email protected] coach Gernot Rohr was one of the first to arrive at the #WorldCupDraw !”Drawing Germany would be very nice but for my mother it would be difficult – because she is for Germany!” ????????? pic.twitter.com/BEfojEiKjv- #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 201719.50 IST: Here’s what Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar have to say about the final draw.19.45 IST: Thomas Mueller is waiting to know which group he’s going to be a part of come 2018.I’m curious about the @FIFAWorldCup draw… #esmuellert #DieMannschaft #DFB #WM2018 pic.twitter.com/dMXiWKFu2w- Thomas Mller (@esmuellert_) December 1, 201719.40 IST: The drawing assistants are getting ready for the final draw.Getting ready! Preparndonos para #Rusia2018 pic.twitter.com/rwIqu8QHV2- Diego Forlan (@DiegoForlan7) December 1, 201719.30 IST: Just an hour for the World Cup draw to begin and the dignitaries are all [email protected], @marceldesailly, Fernando Hierro & @10RonaldinhoThese guys know all about the nerves before a #WorldCupDraw and the thrill of playing in a #WorldCup, too! pic.twitter.com/7uTSlnVLnq- #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 2017????´????????´ó?ó?ó?ó?ó?ó?????????The coaches are arriving thick and fast at the State Kremlin Palace! #WorldCupDraw pic.twitter.com/OCafNKa8Zp- #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) December 1, 2017BRIEF PREVIEWThe 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia is all set to begin mid June next year and the final draw for the same will be happening in Moscow today.Former English footballer Gary Lineker play host for the event along with Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya.The 32 participating nations in the World Cup next year are: Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France, Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia, Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran, Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia.Ahead of tomorrow’s #WorldCupDraw, we’ve got all the information you need to prepare, all in one place???https://t.co/tSMKeQ5hAF pic.twitter.com/Wrhse1hIhL- #WorldCupDraw ??? (@FIFAWorldCup) November 30, 2017The teams have been divided into four pots according to their rankings in a descending order. The teams with the highest ranks are in the first pot while the lowest-ranked are in Pot 4, the only exception being Russia, who are in Pot 1 by virtue of being the hosts.According to the rules of the draw, no group can have more than one team per confederation, with the exception being Europe, since there are 14 European teams qualified for the World Cup. However, there will be only one or two European teams in each group.The teams will be divided into eight groups of four teams each.The draw itself will last for 30 minutes and the rest of the ceremony will include a musical performances by Russian singer Alsou and Portuguese-American guitarist Nuno Betancourt.Laurent Blanc, Gordon Banks, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Diego Forlan, Diego Maradona, Carles Puyol and Nikita Simonyan will be the the drawing assistants.Great Defense ??? #cafu #blanc #puyol #worldcup #russia2018 pic.twitter.com/pccx95W2Kp- Fabio Cannavaro (@fabiocannavaro) December 1, 2017German football legend Miroslav Klose has been tasked with bringing the trophy to the stage.last_img read more