What to know about the 32 qualified teams


December 02, 2017
The Jules Rimet trophy, which is given to the winners of the FIFA World Cup.

What to know about the 32 qualified teams


AUSTRALIA - The Socceroos are making their fifth appearance at a World Cup.

IRAN - Team Melli were the first Asian team to qualify for Russia 2018.

JAPAN - The Japanese have made the Round of 16 on two occasions.

KOREA REPUBLIC - The Taeguk Warriors have been a World Cup ever-present since 1986.

SAUDI ARABIA - The Saudis made their World Cup debut at USA 1994.


EGYPT - The Pharaohs are making their first world finals appearance since Italy 1990.

MOROCCO - The Atlas Lions topped African zone Group C in qualification

NIGERIA - The Super Eagles have only missed one tournament since their debut at USA 1994.

SENEGA - In their debut at Korea/Japan 2002, the Lions of Teranga reached the quarter-finals.

TUNISIA - At Argentina 1978, the Carthage Eagles became the first African team to win a World Cup match.


COSTA RICA - Los Ticos impressed at Brazil 2014, making the quarter-finals.

MEXICO - The Mexicans lost just once in qualifying for Russia 2018.

PANAMA - The central Americans are making their World Cup debut in Russia.


ARGENTINA - The two-time champions appeared at the inaugural edition at Uruguay 1930.

BRAZIL - A Selecao were the first team to qualify after hosts Russia.

COLOMBIA - Los Cafeteros coach Jose Pekerman was in charge of his native Argentina at Germany 2006.

PERU - The Peruvians return to the world finals for the first time in 36 years.

URUGUAY - La Celeste were world champions as hosts in 1930 and at Brazil 1950.


BELGIUM - The Belgians went undefeated in topping UEFA Group H in qualifying.

CROATIA - The Croatians finished third in their World Cup debut at France 1998.

DENMARK - The Danes secured qualification with a comfortable play-off win over Republic of Ireland.

ENGLAND - The Three Lions have made the finals 14 times from 16 qualifying campaigns.

FRANCE - Les Bleus are making a sixth-straight world finals appearance.

GERMANY - The defending world champions registered a 100 per cent record in qualifying.

ICELAND - The smallest country by population ever to qualify for a World Cup.

POLAND - The Poles finished third at Germany 1974 and Spain 1982.

PORTUGAL - A Selecao das Quinas are making a fifth-straight finals appearance.

RUSSIA - As the Soviet Union, the World Cup hosts finished fourth at England 1966.

SERBIA - The Serbs topped UEFA Group D in qualification with only one defeat.

SPAIN - Champions in 2010, Spain's World Cup debut was at Italy 1934.

SWEDEN - The Swedes were runners-up as World Cup hosts in 1958.

SWITZERLAND - The Swiss have reached the quarter-finals on three occasions.