Eight participants of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018

7 September 2017

Within six last days in five FIFA football Confederations took place another rounds of qualifying campaign on the World Cup 2018. Eight participants of the forthcoming continental championship are already known regarding the results of the matches that were already played. These are Russia, Belgium, Brazil, Mexico, Iran, Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia.

Eight participants of the World Cup Russia 2018

The Asian qualifying tournament is fully finished. We want to note the final success of the national teams of Iran, Japan and Saudi Arabia which are headed by the famous European experts, respectively, Portuguese Carlos Queiroz (Real Madrid, Portugal ), the Bosnian Vahid Halilhodžić (PSG, Algeria) and Dutch Bert van Marwijk (Borussia Dortmund, Holland).

But the current team of the famous Italian expert, the World Champion 2006 Marcello Lippi didn't manage to get out of the group. In its final sextet China has taken only the fifth place. But the third national teams of two Asian groups, and these are the national teams of Syria and Australia, are facing two legged play offs (on the 5th and 10th of October). And then, in November, the winner of this pair will play against the fourth national team from North America for the right to play on FIFA World Cup 2018.

CONCACAF. Today only one World Cup participant is defined. And this is the national team of Mexico. Now on the 5th-10th of October in two last rounds we will know the names of three other representatives of North America. The main challengers are Costa Rica, Panama, the USA and Honduras.

CONMEBOL. Prior to two rounds before the end of qualifying campaign Peru absolutely unexpectedly became the new challenger for one berth. This national team has pushed out Chileans from TOP-4:

BRAZIL - 37, Uruguay - 27, Colombia - 26, Peru - 24, Argentina - 24, Chile - 23...

It is very difficult to imagine that Argentina and Chile are underdogs but such are the realities of nowadays. So everything interesting is still waiting for us.

AFRICA. Still any participant of the African Confederation isn’t defined. Here all teams should play two October rounds. And the main favorites of five final groups are the national teams of Tunisia, Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Egypt.

EUROPE. Regarding the results of eight rounds of qualifying campaign Belgium has already became the champion of the eighth group. And the leaders of other groups are France, Switzerland, Germany, Serbia, Poland, England, Spain and Croatia. And now, in the 9th round (on the 5th-7th of October) and the tenth round (on the 8th-10th of October) the winners of eight European groups and also eight vice-champions who are facing additional play-offs (on the 9th-14th of November) will be defined.

Read also: World Cup qualifiers predictions

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