Which Countries So Far Will Play in World Cup 2018?
September 8, 2017
Some of the World Cup 2018 qualified countries have already been confirmed. Apart from Russia, which will host the next World Cup, five countries have so far earned a ticket to the biggest international football event.
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While more countries will still be added at the time of this writing, here are some of the countries that have qualified to World Cup 2018 in Russia:
The Brazil team was the first to qualify to the World Cup after winning the CONMEBOL Round Robin in March. Brazil got 11 wins with only one loss against Chile during the qualification match.
Among the qualified teams so far, Brazil has a history in the World Cup. The team made it to 20 World Cups and won five of them. Brazil only got to the semi-finals in the 2014 event where they were beaten by 7-1 by Germany.
Brazil’s forward, Neymar Jr., will be the player to look out for. Neymar is one of the top players in the world that rivals Messi. He even has Pele’s blessings to aim for the Ballon d’Or award.
The third team to qualify for the World Cup is Iran. They won the AFC Third Round Group A event on June 12. The team managed an incredible amount of clean sheet and did not lose a game during the AFC event.
Iran only made it to the World Cup about four times with 2018 being their fifth one. Despite this, Iran’s AFC clean sheet record should show how formidable their fence is.
One of the keys to Iran’s defense is Morteza Pouraliganji from Al Sadd. Pouraliganji is in the right place when the team needs to clear or recover the ball. Ramin Rezaeian also adds more brick to the wall that is most utilized throughout the match.
Belgium qualified through the UEFA qualification event this month. Belgium achieved three clean sheets and did not lose a game in the qualification.
Among the Belgian players are young talents such as Thomas Lemar, Paul Pogba, and Kylian Mbappe. The team consists of familiar Premier League players. There is Roberto Marinez who is a marksman amongst EU players. Belgium also has Romelu Lukaku who is a formidable striker and is responsible for the team’s winning goal against Greece in the qualifications.
Mexico also qualified for the World Cup this month when the team won the CONCACAF qualification event. The team achieved one clean sheet and zero losses during the event.
The team has no problems with its offense. However, their defense is a different story. This has been an issue with the team for a long time. Mexico is looking at Reyes and Moreno to gel with the team to bring their defense up to snuff for the World Cup.