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Russia 20



The 21st FIFA World Cup Finals were awarded to Russia on 2 December 2010.

In October 2007, FIFA ended its continental rotation policy. Instead countries that are members of the same confederation as either of the last two tournament hosts are ineligible. By March 2009, eight countries, with Russia being the last, declared an interest in hosting the 2018 World Cup, after England, joint bids from Belgium and the Netherlands and Spain and Portugal. Mexico and Indonesia withdrew their bids early in the process.

England received two votes in the first round and were thus knocked out at the first hurdle. Netherlands/Belgium received 4, Spain/Portugal 7 and Russia 9. The second round saw the same placings, with Russia taking both of the votes England had, as well as two more from the Netherlands/Belgium bid.


The Draw

The final draw for the 2018 World Cup was held at State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on 1 December 2017, hosted by England's own ex-forward Gary Lineker.

Pot 1 (seeded) Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Russia (hosts) Spain Denmark Serbia
Germany (holders) Peru Iceland Nigeria
Brazil Swtizerland Costa Rica Australia
Portugal England Sweden Japan
Argentina Colombia Tunisia Morocco
Belgium Mexico Egypt Panama
Poland Uruguay Senegal Korea Republic
France Croatia Iran Saudi Arabia


The Build-Up

1 December 2017: Diego Maradona picks out England from the second pot and puts them in Group G with Belgium. Diego Forlan gave them fourth position in the group. Tunisia and Panama follow from their respective pots.


First Phase Table
Group G
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
18 June 2018
6.00pm MSK - Belgium vs. Panama [ - ]
Stadion Fisht Olympic, Sochi
9.00pm MSK - Tunisia vs. England [ - ]
Volgograd Arena, Volgograd (tbc)


23 June 2018 - both 3.00pm MSK
Belgium vs. Tunisia [ - ]
Otkrytie Arena, Moscow (tbc)
24 June 2018
England vs. Panama [ - ]
Stadion Nizhny Novgorod, Nizhny Novgorod (tbc)

28 June 2018
8.00pm KALT - England vs. Belgium [ - ]
Stadion Kaliningrad, Kaliningrad (tbc)
9.00pm MSK - Panama vs. Tunisia [ - ]
Mordovia Arena, Saransk (tbc)

The Second Phase

Round of sixteen

Quarter Finals


Semi Finals



Third Place Play-off



The 2018 Final