There could be no more than two teams from Europe in any one pot, and no more than one nation from any other continental confederation as FIFA conducted the draw for the 2018 World Cup on Friday in Moscow.There could be no more than two teams from Europe in any one pot, and no more than one nation from any other continental confederation as FIFA conducted the draw for the 2018 World Cup on Friday in Moscow.
FIFA ranking, were drawn into eight groups of four teams each. Hosts Russia were automatically the top seed in Group A despite being the lowest-ranked team.
It’s been great today, mixing with some of the more experienced coaches in terms of World Cups. It’s nice to have that fresh challenge and I’m really looking forward to it. Travel-wise, the way the tournament is now you’ve got to be adaptable, but kick-off times are decent for us as well. Belgium are an outstanding team. They’re ranked where they are because of the quality of players they’ve got. That is top quality opposition and a great game to prepare for.
2018 World Cup draw held in Moscow, Russia has seen the Super Eagles of Nigeria drawn in the Group D alongside Argentina, Iceland and Croatia.
Here is the full draw:
After playing each team in their group, the top two teams advance to the knockout stage. Teams listed in order they were drawn, with their October FIFA ranking.
GROUP A: Russia (65), Uruguay (17), Egypt (30), Saudi Arabia (63)
GROUP B: Portugal (3), Spain (8), Iran (34), Morocco (48)
GROUP C:France (7), Peru (10), Denmark (19), Australia (43)
GROUP D: Argentina (4), Croatia (18), Iceland (21), Nigeria (41)
GROUP E: Brazil (2), Switzerland (11), Costa Rica (22), Serbia (38)
GROUP F: Germany (1), Mexico (16), Sweden (25), South Korea (62)
GROUP G: Belgium (5), England (12), Tunisia (28), Panama (49)
GROUP H: Poland (6), Colombia (13), Senegal (32), Japan (44)
Daily schedule, all times GMT. Schedule in your local time available on the scoreboard.
Thursday, June 14: Russia vs. Saudi Arabia (Group A), Moscow (Luzhniki) 4 p.m.Friday, June 15: Egypt vs. Uruguay (A) Ekaterinburg 1 p.m.; Morocco vs. Iran (B) St Petersburg 4 p.m.; Portugal vs. Spain (B) Sochi 7 p.m.Saturday, June 16: France vs. Australia (C) Kazan 11 a.m.; Argentina vs. Iceland (D) Moscow (Spartak) 2 p.m.; Peru vs. Denmark (C) Saransk 5 p.m.; Croatia vs. Nigeria (D) Kaliningrad 8 p.m.Sunday, June 17: Costa Rica vs. Serbia (E) Samara 1 p.m.; Germany vs. Mexico (F) Moscow (Luzhniki) 4 p.m.; Brazil vs. Switzerland (E) Rostov-on-Don 7 p.m.Monday, June 18: Sweden vs. South Korea (F) Nizhny Novgorod 1 p.m.; Belgium vs. Panama (G) Sochi 4 p.m.; Tunisia vs. England (G) Volgograd 7 p.m.Tuesday, June 19: Poland vs. Senegal (H) Moscow (Spartak) 1 p.m.; Colombia vs. Japan (H) Saransk 4 p.m.; Russia vs. Egypt (A) St Petersburg 7 p.m.Wednesday, June 20: Portugal vs. Morocco (B) Moscow (Luzhniki) 1 p.m.; Uruguay vs. Saudi Arabia (A) Rostov-on-Don 4 p.m.; Iran vs. Spain (B) Kazan 7 p.m.Thursday, June 21: France vs. Peru (C) Ekaterinburg 1 p.m.; Denmark vs. Australia (C) Samara 4 p.m.; Argentina vs. Croatia (D) Nizhny Novgorod 7 p.m.Friday, June 22: Brazil vs. Costa Rica (E) St Petersburg 1 p.m.; Nigeria vs. Iceland (D) Volgograd 4 p.m.; Serbia vs. Switzerland (E) Kaliningrad 7 p.m.Saturday, June 23: Belgium vs. Tunisia (G) Moscow (Spartak) 1 p.m.; Germany vs. Sweden (F) Sochi 4 p.m.; South Korea vs. Mexico (F) Rostov-on-Don 7 p.m.Sunday, June 24: England vs. Panama (G) Nizhny Novgorod 1 p.m.; Japan vs. Senegal (H) Ekaterinburg 4 p.m.; Poland vs. Colombia (H) Kazan 7 p.m.Monday, June 25: Uruguay vs. Russia (A) Samara 3 p.m.; Saudi Arabia vs. Egypt (A) Volgograd 3 p.m.; Spain vs. Morocco (B) Kaliningrad 7 p.m.; Iran vs. Portugal (B) Saransk 7 p.m.Tuesday, June 26: Denmark vs. France (C) Moscow (Luzhniki) 3 p.m.; Australia vs. Peru (C) Sochi 3 p.m.; Nigeria vs. Argentina (D) St Petersburg 7 p.m.; Iceland vs. Croatia (D) Rostov-on-Don 7 p.m.Wednesday, June 27: South Korea vs. Germany (F) Kazan 3 p.m.; Mexico vs. Sweden (F) Ekaterinburg 3 p.m.; Serbia vs. Brazil (E) Moscow (Spartak) 7 p.m.; Switzerland vs. Costa Rica (E) Nizhny Novgorod 7 p.m.Thursday, June 28: Japan vs. Poland (H) Volgograd 3 p.m.; Senegal vs. Colombia (H) Samara 3 p.m.; England vs. Belgium (G) Kaliningrad 7 p.m.; Panama vs. Tunisia (G) Saransk 7 p.m.
The 16 remaining teams will form a single-elimination bracket. Here are the group matchups:
Match 49: Winner Group A vs. Runner-up Group B – Saturday, June 30, 7 p.m., SochiMatch 50: Winner Group C vs. Runner-up Group D – Saturday, June 30, 3 p.m., KazanMatch 51: Winner Group E vs. Runner-up Group F – Sunday, July 1, 3 p.m., Moscow (Luzhniki)Match 52: Winner Group G vs. Runner-up Group H – Sunday, July 1, 7 p.m., Nizhny NovgorodMatch 53: Winner Group B vs. Runner-up Group A – Monday, July 2, 3 p.m., SamaraMatch 54: Winner Group D vs. Runner-up Group C – Monday, July 2, 7 p.m., Rostov-on-DonMatch 55: Winner Group F vs. Runner-up Group E – Tuesday, July 3, 3 p.m., St PetersburgMatch 56: Winner Group H vs. Runner-up Group G – Tuesday, July 3, 7 p.m., Moscow (Spartak)
QuarterfinalsMatch 57: Winner of Match 49 (A/B) vs. Winner of Match 50 (C/D) – Friday, July 6, 3 p.m., Nizhny NovgorodMatch 58: Winner of Match 51 (E/F) vs. Winner of Match 52 (G/H) – Friday, July 6, 7 p.m., KazanMatch 59: Winner of Match 53 (B/A) vs. Winner of Match 54 (D/C) – Saturday, July 7, 3 p.m., SamaraMatch 60: Winner of Match 55 (F/E) vs. Winner of Match 56 (H/G) – Saturday, July 7, 7 p.m., Sochi
SemifinalsMatch 61: Winner of Match 57 vs. Winner of Match 58 – Tuesday, July 10, 7 p.m., St PetersburgMatch 62: Winner of Match 59 vs. Winner of Match 60 – Wednesday, July 11, 7 p.m., Moscow (Luzhniki)
Third-place gameLoser of Match 61 vs. Loser of Match 62 – Saturday, July 14, 3 p.m., St Petersburg
FinalWinner of Match 61 vs. Winner of Match 62 – Sunday, July 15, 4 p.m., Moscow (Luzhniki)
Source : ESPN