Who's in and who's out of World Cup 2018

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 07:57:10 AM. After 18 months of qualifiers in every corner of the globe, the list of teams is nearly complete for next year's World Cup finals in Russia. Check who's in and who's out.
Photo: Germany beat Argentina in extra-time to win the 2014 World Cup — can they earn a fifth title in Russia? (Reuters: Kai Pfaffenbach) We're nearly there — after 18 months of qualifiers in every corner of the globe, the list of teams is nearly complete for next year's World Cup finals in Russia. Everyone's path is different — some qualify directly, others have to go through the dreaded play-offs. There will be representatives from Europe, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, and possibly a team from Oceania, depending on the remaining results. While you're waiting for the Socceroos' date with destiny against Honduras tonight, it's a perfect time to check out the 29 sides who have made the grade for next year's tournament. The hosts Russia qualify automatically as hosts. Coach Stanislav Merchesov and his men will no doubt benefit from some serious home support, but the Russians are ranked only 65 in the world, and things could get ugly if they fail to reach the knockout stages. The giants Who's in: Photo: Argentina was in danger of missing out on the World Cup finals, until a Lionel Messi hat-trick sealed the deal. (REUTERS: Henry Romero) There will be plenty of star power at World Cup 2018, led by defending champions Germany, Lionel Messi's Argentina, Neymar's Brazil and Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal side. Taking out European champions Portugal, who has never won the Cup, there are 11 titles between the other three (if you include West Germany in 1954, 1974, and...Read more
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