Soccer World Cup Team Crests & Badges
A total of 209 teams began the qualifying process to become one of the remaining 32 World Cup 2018 teams. The qualification program is split into regional groups and takes three seasons to complete, which is a thorough system that determines who qualified for the World Cup.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification process was the first in the tournaments history to include every official member nation. Thus the 2018 tournament will be undoubtedly the most comprehensive of the 21 staged.
Who’s qualified for the FIFA World Cup 2018 finals in Russia?
The 32 qualified teams and their key players to look out for
Always a star-studded outfit, headlined by players like Sergio Aguero and Paulo Dybala, however it is Lionel Messi who will be most watched.
The Socceroos are boasting some experienced talent with the likes of Mile Jedinak and Tim Cahill lining up in the Green and Gold. However Aaron Mooy could prove to be their star here.
Kevin De Bruyne is a better player now than his 2014 World Cup version. Coming off a stellar season with Premier League champions Manchester City.
Coutinho is a classy player, but it will be the Neymar who carries the hopes of the most successful soccer team in World Cup history. He’s approaching the peak of his career right now. This could well be his tournament.
Their keeper Keylor Navas is their gun here and he will need to be at his best here given his side will be in the same group as strong attacking nations Brazil, Serbia and Switzerland.
Radamel Falcao has been brilliant this season for Monaco and could well be the star in a very solid side all across the park.
Midfielder and captain Luka Modric has been in great touch for Real Madrid and will be looked upon to guide his nation in Russia.
Arguably one of the form teams of this World Cup, lead by midfielder Christian Eriksen, who has been in stunning for his country and for Premier League Tottenham Hotspurs.
Undoubtedly Egypt’s big gun is Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, who had a great year in the Premier League, bagging plenty of goals. He will be leant on heavily by his team to produce more of the same here.
Tottenham Hotspurs Striker, the 24 year old Harry Kane looms as England’s saviour after a stunning season with the boot. Look to him to feature heavily for his side.
Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe could well surprise plenty on the world stage here. He has been likened to legend Thierry Henry and is one of the highest paid players in the world already.
Another star in the champion Manchester City side, Leroy Sane ranked second in the Premier League for assists. Along with midfielder Toni Kroos, these two will spearhead the potent German attack.
The smallest nation to reach the World Cup, Iceland boasts an impressive team. Aron Gunnarsson will lead by example, inspiring his team to perform at their best.
The 22 year old Sardar Azmoun has already had a great international career, bagging 22 goals already. Consistent, reliable and with an amazing ability to find the back of the net.
Keisuke Honda is a fast and creative attacker who has a devastating free-kick. His experience in attack will be a great asset to a very strong Japan team.
Mexico possesses a strong forward line here with Jesus Corona and Hirving Lozano to be partnered by the impressive West Ham attacker Javier Hernandez.
Monaco’s successful side of 2016-17 included Moroccan midfielder Nabil Dirar who has maintained his impressive form again this season. Elusive and creative, he will be a danger to all opponents.
The versatile Victor Moses, who can play as Midfielder, winger and defender on either flank had another strong season for Chelsea and will be a key player for Nigeria.
Striker Luis Tejada has bagged over 40 goals in his national career will be relied upon to continue adding to that tally.
A somewhat unknown entity given their players have avoided the urge to play in Europe. Pedro Aquino is expected to step up in the middle while being supported by Raul Ruidiaz up front and Pedro Gallese at the back.
Polish striker Robert Lewandowski is in the prime of his career and has been an integral part of Poland’s return to the World Cup since 2006.
Christiano Ronaldo has taken a back seat somewhat as he enters his 30’s, but is still widely regarded as one of the World’s best players. He will be ably supported by Silva, Pepe and Moutinho.
The captain of the host nation and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev will be the main man. At his best, he is one of the best keepers around, however he does have a tendency to make amateurish mistakes when under pressure.
Mohammad Al-Sahlawi bagged 16 goals for Saudi Arabia in the qualifying matches alone. Look for him to be front and centre when his side is on the attack.
In-form Liverpool winger Sadio Mane will be the key player for Senegal, a side that has proven to be a real surprise packet. A very fast and athletic World Cup 2018 lineup.
The former Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic will be the captain for his national side here. He is very stingy in his defence and an experienced choice for leader.
Son Heung-min will cap a great season with Tottenham with his appearance for South Korea in the World Cup. A world class forward who will spearhead the South Korean campaign.
Spain keeper David De Gea is widely considered one of the best keepers in the world right now and will be their main man. David Silva is a classy player, but has been in poor form this season, due to personal reasons. If he can find his best form here, Spain will be a huge threat.
Emil Forsberg is tipped to be the key player if Manchester United star Zlatan Ibrahimovic decides to shelve his International playing retirement for one more shot at World Cup glory.
The experienced Valon Behrami will be captain of a very young and exciting team in a transition phase. His composure and leadership will be pivotal to the Swiss campaign.
Aymen Abdennour will be one of a host of new talent in the Tunisian side that will star for their national side. Youssef Msakni and Wahbi Khazri will also be top players.
Another of one of the world best footballers, Luis Suarez, will be the main man, however he is expected to play more of a supporting role to the top quality young talent in this side.
How did they qualify?
The process to determine the final 32 teams, was a thorough and exhaustive system. 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification saw the first sides earning admission to the World Cup in March 2017.
The host nation Russia gains automatic entry.
UEFA (Europe) Qualification
There were 9 UEFA groups, comprising of solely European teams. The winners of those nine groups all advanced and were: France, Portugal, Germany, Serbia, Poland, England, Spain, Belgium and Iceland.
A second round of matches among the European groups were played, with the four winners advancing. Switzerland, Croatia, Sweden and Denmark all advanced.
CAF (Africa) Qualification
Five African groups also had their winners advance: Tunisia, Nigeria, Morocco, Senegal and Egypt all won through.
AFC (Asia) Qualification
The winners and runners-up of the two Asian Groups also advanced. Iran and Japan topped their groups, while South Korea and Saudi Arabia were runners up.
CONCACAF (North America) Qualification
The top 3 sides from the North America group advanced, with winners Mexico, runners-up Costa Rica and third placed Panama all advancing.
CONMEBOL (South America) Qualification
The top 4 sides in the South American group also earnt a place in the tournament in Russia. Brazil won, Uruguay ran second, Argentina third and Colombia fourth.
Finally, two play-off matches were played to organise the final two places. Australia and Peru claimed those victories.