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« on: November 16, 2017, 05:34:13 pm »

The 32 teams contesting next summer's World Cup in Russia have now been decided with Peru becoming the final team to earn a place after their victory over New Zealand on Wednesday night.
But while some nations are still celebrating the mere feat of reaching next summer's finals – we're looking at you, Panama – those hoping to lift the trophy will enter their final stage of preparations, starting with the group stage draws.
With the tournament now just seven months away, Sportsmail runs through the key dates every fan needs to know ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018...

Which nations have qualified?

The first qualifiers for the World Cup took place in March 2015, but Wednesday's game between Peru and New Zealand brought an end to the agony and ecstasy experienced by 209 competing nations over the last 31 months.
For countries like Iceland and Panama, reaching their first World Cup felt like winning it. For others, such as Brazil and Germany, it was a mere formality, if not an outright inconvenience.

Who won't be there?

Chile are the highest ranked nation (ninth) not to be there, but it is four-time winners Italy whose absence will be most strongly felt. They crashed out in a play-off with Sweden to end Gianluigi Buffon's hopes of a second World Cup win.
Wales, who are actually ranked above Italy, narrowly missed out on a play-off place after a defeat to the Republic of Ireland in their final group game while finalists Holland missed out on a second major tournament in a row.
Finally, USA also crashed out of qualifying, meaning they won't be present at a World Cup for the first time since 1986.

When is the draw and how will it work?

The draw will take place on Friday, 1 December in Moscow at the State Kremlin Palace concert hall at 3pm GMT.
Teams will be separated into four groups of eight teams based on their position in the October rankings with the highest seven teams joining hosts Russia in Pot 1.
No two teams from the same confederation will be drawn against each other with the exception of UEFA, who boast almost half (14/32) of all teams at the tournament. Only a maximum of two European teams can be drawn in the same group.

When do nations have to name their squads?

Competing nations will have to submit a 30-man preliminary squad to FIFA in mid-May. They will then have until the first week of June to trim their teams to 23 players, which must include three goalkeepers.
A player from the final squad can be replaced up to 24 hours prior to his country’s first group game if he suffers a serious injury.

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« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2017, 09:46:45 am »

Preferred draw for Australia,    Russia, Peru/Croatia and iceland.     :D :D
Probably be Brazil, Spain and Sweden.   
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« Reply #2 on: November 17, 2017, 09:26:19 pm »

I want to play England, we would most likely lose but an ashes at the cup :D
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