Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Korea in Group F with Germany, Mexico, Sweden for Russia World Cup

Korea in Group F with Germany, Mexico, Sweden for Russia World Cup

When asked about England's chances of winning the tournament, World Cup victor Gordon Banks said: "If they start straightaway, getting some results, playing pretty well, then they'll stand a chance".

While the tournament has been much anticipated for being the first world cup that is to be played in Europe since 2006, the security concerns following threatening posters released by the Islamic State (IS), have raised it to a new high. Furthermore, given the attacking prowess of Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez, Mohamed Salah's Russian Federation may well perceive the tournament opener to be a must-win game if they have any aspirations of getting through the group.

A colourful new installation dedicated to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ was opened in front of the Moscow Manege exhibition centre before the Final Draw on Friday, when the competing nations discovered their fate in the Russia 2018 group stages.

Meanwhile the ambitions of hosts Russian Federation will have been heightened by being placed in a group with Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Uruguay. They also will face Egypt and Uruguay.

While this group is the nearest yet the farthest from being a "Group of Death", an interesting demonstration of skills is expected in the field as the maestros from Spain including Andres Iniesta will play against the Best FIFA Men's Player award victor Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal. His organised Iran side and an underestimated Morocco could cause Portugal and Spain problems in this group.

According to experts, Group C is an "ideal" one for France. Sweden ranks 18th and Mexico 16th in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings.

Featuring Argentina, Croatia, Iceland and Nigeria, this group is expected to showcase the most interesting series of matches.

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Argentina Iceland, Croatia, and Nigeria will make up Group D. Those burdened with the unenviable task of being in the same group as the tournament favourites are, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Serbia, all of which are likely to be fighting it out for second spot in Group E.

Neymar's Brazil has turned out to be as lucky as Varane's France.

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Group F includes Germany, Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea.

The last Arab nation, Tunisia is in group G with Belgium, England and Panama.

Group H will probably be the most competitive, with Poland, Colombia, Senegal, and Japan.

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