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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

2018 World Cup draw results and full daily schedule

Stewart Robson feels England lucked out and got a fairly easy group that contains Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.
ESPN's Julien Laurens believes France will be very happy after drawing Australia, Peru and Denmark.

FIFA conducted the draw for the 2018 World Cup on Friday in Moscow.

The 32 qualified teams, allocated in four pots based on their October 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.

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.

After playing each team in their group, the top two teams advance...

Saudi Arabia's squad, new coach might struggle to come together

Ian Darke leads the ESPN panel in predicting the 2018 World Cup winner with names of Germany, Brazil, France and England among the list.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley does not feel Russia will emerge from Group A that also contains Saudi Arabia, Egypt or Uruguay.

The 2018 World Cup is just over a month away, and all 32 teams are preparing in earnest for their shot at the trophy in Russia. ESPN FC is previewing every team ahead of the opening game on June 14. Find all 32 teams here.

Who they are

Captain: Osama Hawsawi
Manager: Juan Antonio Pizzi
Nickname: The Green Falcons
FIFA rank (as of April 12, 2018): 70

How they qualified

Saudi Arabia secured their place at the World Cup finals for the first time since 2006 with a second-place...



 By John Duerden

South Korea's World Cup hopes dented by Kwon Chang-hoon's Achilles injury

The ESPN FC panel discuss Group F, which contains Germany, Mexico, Sweden and South Korea.
Ian Darke leads the ESPN panel in predicting the 2018 World Cup winner with names of Germany, Brazil, France and England among the list.

South Korea's World Cup hopes suffered a major blow on Saturday as star midfielder Kwon Chang-hoon sustained an Achilles injury that is set to rule the 23 year-old out of the tournament.

With 14 minutes remaining in the final game of the French campaign, Kwon, Korea's most in-form player with 11 goals for Dijon FCO this season, limped off the pitch against Angers.

The exact nature of the injury has yet to be determined but in a statement released by Dijon, the club said it is "probably a rupture...

 By Nick Ames

Serbia's hopes rest on young Mitrovic, Milinkovic-Savic in tough group

Despite impressively beating Germany during their last World Cup appearance in 2010, Serbia were unable to qualify for the 2014 competition. Can they cause an upset in 2018?
Ian Darke leads the ESPN panel in predicting the 2018 World Cup winner with names of Germany, Brazil, France and England among the list.
The ESPN FC crew break down Brazil's Group E which contains Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

The 2018 World Cup is just over a month away, and all 32 teams are preparing in earnest for their shot at the trophy in Russia. ESPN FC is previewing every team ahead of the opening game on June 14. Find all 32 teams here.

Who they are

Captain: Aleksandar Kolarov
Manager: Mladen Krstajic
Nickname: Orlovi
FIFA rank (as of April 12, 2018): 35

How they qualified

Topping Group D in the UEFA qualifiers was no mean achievement for Serbia, but it caused surprisingly little fanfare at home. Their...



Brazil are more than Neymar as Selecao seek to avenge 2014 woe

Brazil have won a record-breaking five World Cups. Can Tite's men make it six in Russia?
The ESPN FC panel are joined by Raf Honigstein to dissect Brazil's chances of winning the World Cup following the release of their 23-man squad.
After humiliation on home soil for Brazil in 2014, Ian Darke and ESPN's expert panel feel redemption could be in the cards for Neymar and company.
Neymar will have help in Russia. Meet the players who can carry him and Brazil all the way to the final in Moscow.
Ian Darke leads the ESPN panel in predicting the 2018 World Cup winner with names of Germany, Brazil, France and England among the list.

The 2018 World Cup is just over a month away, and all 32 teams are preparing in earnest for their shot at the trophy in Russia. ESPN FC is previewing every team ahead of the opening game on June 14. Find all 32 teams here.

Who they are

Captain: Neymar
Manager: Tite
Nickname: Canarinho
FIFA rank (as of April 12, 2018): 2

How they qualified

Qualification began when Dunga was coach, and Brazil were not playing good soccer. When the coach was sacked, the team was in sixth place and...