Russia Fifa World Cup 2018 is just around the corner and a total number of 32 teams/countries have qualified for the Fifa games. These include five time winners Brazil, and the defending champions Germany plus Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Iceland, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia and Uruguay. Now one must wonder how these 32 teams got here. Let’s take a look at how some of the major teams qualified.
- Russia qualified just for the sole reason of being the tournament hosts. They have been deprived of competitive games in the run-up to the event although no one is expecting great things from a team light on quality.
- Defending champions Germany are ranked at number one in the world rankings and the won 10/10 matches to get qualified scoring an amazing 43 goals in the process.
- France had a tough time qualifying since they came head to head with some top teams like Sweden and Netherlands but they pushed through and managed to qualify.
- Portugal the European champions pipped Switzerland to top spot in their group, courtesy of a 2-0 final game victory against Switzerland.
- Serbia achieved the top spot in their group and just suffered one qualifying defeat 3-2 away to Austria in a solid campaign.
- Poland qualified rather easily and apart from opening game draw against Kazakhstan and a 3-0 away defeat in Denmark they won all their group games.
- England Topped their qualifying group and finished without a single winning eight matches and drawing two.
- 2010 world cup winners Spain had relatively no difficulty in reaching Russia, dropping their only qualifying points in a draw against Italy.
- Belgium were the first European team to qualify with only one draw with 1-1 against Greece. Winning all other qualifying matches.
- The Underdogs Iceland won the hearts of fans with their Euro 2016 exploits. They topped a group which included Croatia, Ukraine and Turkey.
- Croatia qualified via the playoffs, having finished behind Iceland in their group. The Croatians dispatched Greece with 4-1 win and secured a 0-0 draw in Piraeus.
- Five time winners of the Fifa World Cup, Brazil cruised home in the South American qualifying group. They finished ten points ahead of the second placed team Uruguay and only suffering one defeat in their 18 qualifying games.
- Newcomers Panama stunned a lot of people by grabbing the third automatic spot in the region. A very tense 2-1 final win over Costa Rica secured their spot in the world cup and sparked celebration and announcement of a national holiday back in the country.
This is how some of the major countries/teams secured their spots for the Russia World Cup 2018, now we may have left out some teams but all of them performed miraculously and managed to achieve spots for their home countries. We’re not certain as the who may win the world cup but we sure know this is going to be one hell of a world cup. May the best team win!