FIFA World Cup Final Draw 2018

FIFA World Cup Final Draw 2018

FIFA World Cup Final Draw 2018 Live Stream,The World Cup draw is Friday in Moscow, where the biggest remaining unknowns heading into next summer’s competition will be cleared up. The four pots will yield eight groups that we’ll all be able to dissect from all angles leading up to the June 14 opener featuring host Russia and its first opponent.

FIFA World Cup Final Draw 2018 Live

The draw will start at 3 p.m. GMT (10 a.m. ET)

FIFA World Cup Final Draw 2018

Before a World Cup, there has to be a World Cup draw.

Yes, after roughly three years of qualifying, involving 871 games around the globe, the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar — not to mention millions of football fans around the world — will be holding their breath on Friday.
Who could play whom? Will there be a much-dreaded “Group of Death?” Who are the favorites? Here’s the lowdown on Friday’s extravaganza at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace.
T
he draw will take place at 3pm GMT (10:00 ET, 18:00 local) but, if you are pressed for time, tune in about half an hour later. That’s when the actual draw should start.
Former England striker Gary Lineker and Russian football reporter Maria Komandnaya will host the draw and they’ll be assisted by superstars from each of the eight nations that have won the World Cup.
It is a glittering cast: Diego Maradona (Argentina), Cafu (Brazil), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy), Carles Puyol (Spain), Gordon Banks (England), Laurent Blanc (France), Diego Forlan (Uruguay) and Miroslav Klose (Germany, trophy bearer).
The draw assistant from the host country is 91-year-old former Spartak Moscow striker Russia Nikita Simonyan.

Laurent Blanc has revealed that one of the rehearsal draws for the 2018 World Cup threw up a group of death involving favourites France and Spain, as he said the Spanish – and England – being placed in pot two will be “a problem” for everyone else.

As a former World Cup-winning captain with France in 1998, Blanc is in Moscow as a draw assistant and spent Thursday afternoon going through the process.

“We did so many draws, you know,” Blanc said. “We did four practice draws and I think tomorrow we’ll do one or two more. For your information, in one of the draws, we had France-Spain.”

The pots, as has been widely documented in recent months, were determined by using the October FIFA ranking, with the teams, aside from Russia, being placed in sequential order.

As most are well aware, that FIFA table is constructed with metrics that don’t necessarily reflect where nations actually sit on the competitive spectrum. In the November ranking, for example, 10 of the top 32 teams aren’t even competing in the World Cup. That said, the best 32 teams in the world don’t necessarily compete at the World Cup, either. All of that means there is plenty of room for discussion within each pot. Here’s how each one shapes up entering the group draw, with the most current FIFA ranking attached:

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