World Cup 2018 Draw starts TERRIBLY as 'ball dropped'

World Cup 2018 Draw starts TERRIBLY as 'ball dropped'

The first one will need to face tough Switzerland, Serbia and a Costa Rica team that was the main surprise of the 2014 World Cup.

Defending champion Germany will play first against Mexico in Group F and then face Sweden and South Korea.

COACH: Adenor Bacchi - Universally known as Tite, he turned Brazil from flop to favorites.

Germany have not lost a World Cup finals or qualifying game since the 2010 semi-final against Spain.

In the Concacaf region the United States finished below Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and Honduras as they failed to secure even a play-off berth.

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IST: Zabivaka is the mascot for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia.

Spain Portugal in early showdown
World Cup 2018 Draw starts TERRIBLY as 'ball dropped'

Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay.

Certainly, Group A represents a favourable draw, with Egypt receiving both the weakest team in Pot 1 - Russia - and Saudi Arabia, arguably the poorest of the bottom seeds.

Repino is approximately 30 miles from St Petersburg and 87 miles from the border with Finland.

Die Mannschaft warmed up for the competition by winning the Confederations Cup in the summer with what amounted to a reserve team, while last year they reached the semi-finals of the 2016 UEFA European Championship.

It is worth a watch simply to see Sepp Blatter visibly become more and more annoyed at Williams' antics.

Putin urged people to visit and enjoy a country "so big and multi-faceted".

Laurent Blanc, Gordon Banks, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Diego Forlan, Diego Maradona, Carles Puyol and Nikita Simonyan will be the the drawing assistants.

Serbia cruised through its qualifying group to return to the World Cup final tournament after eight years, the second time since becoming an independent nation in 2006. Ahead of today's event, we take a look at the best and worst.

"Ronaldo waits for us in Russia", ran the headline in Spanish sports daily Marca's digital edition, whilst their Portuguese counterparts A Bola lamented "Spain is the worst side that could have come out of pot two for the national team".