Teams

  • Team profile: Argentina
    Apr 01, 2018 Matthew Smith, Deputy Editor Sports
    Argentina were in a bit of troubled waters en route to sealing their place for Russia.
  • Team profile: Australia
    Apr 01, 2018 N.D Prashant, Sport Reporter
    The Socceroos made it to the 2018 World Cup with a bit of a struggle. They finished the Asian qualifiers third behind Japan and Saudi Arabia and so had to fight it out in two more rounds to reach Russia.
  • Team profile: Belgium
    Apr 01, 2018 Matt Smith, Deputy Sports Editor
    A five-second glance at their team sheet is enough scare the living daylights out of any opponent.
  • Team profile: Brazil
    Apr 01, 2018 Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
    Speak about the Fifa World Cup or football in general and the mind conjectures Brazil. Having participated in each and every edition of the Fifa World Cup, it is no wonder the samba boys from South America will head to Russia once again as the eternal favourites.
  • Team profile: Colombia
    Apr 01, 2018 Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
    Going into the 2018 competition, Colombia is brimming with options when it comes to its strikeforce.
  • Team profile: Costa Rica
    Apr 01, 2018 Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
    Costa Rica will be one of the teams to watch this time following the huge impact they had in Brazil four years back.
  • Team profile: Croatia
    Apr 01, 2018 N.D Prashant, Sport Reporter
    Croatia qualified for Russia 2018 via the play-offs, after a tough group campaign saw them win six of their 10 games but draw two and lose two. They lost to Iceland who advanced while Croatia had to beat Greece in a play-off.
  • Team profile: Denmark
    Apr 01, 2018 N.D Prashant, Sport Reporter
    Denmark made it to the World Cup via the European play-offs and had finished second in their group behind Poland.
  • Team profile: Egypt
    Apr 01, 2018 Ashley Hammond, Senior Sports Reporter
    Egypt have horribly underperformed in the World Cup, failing to get past the first round or out of the group in just two appearances
  • Team profile: England
    Apr 01, 2018 Matt Smith, Deputy Sports Editor
    After a group stage exit at the last World Cup followed by a Last 16 defeat to Iceland at Euro 2016, expectations of England are at an all-time low.
  • Team profile: Germany
    Apr 01, 2018 Matt Smith, Deputy Sports Editor
    Despite coasting through qualification with 10 wins out of 10 and 43 goals scored, doubts have emerged over the reigning world champions’ credentials.
  • Team profile: France
    Apr 01, 2018 N.D Prashant, Sport Reporter
    France have an incredible pool of talent for this World Cup. National team coach Didier Deschamps in fact is spoiled for choice.
  • Team profile: Iceland
    Apr 01, 2018 N.D Prashant, Sport Reporter
    Iceland following their stunning Euro 2016 campaign, which saw them reach the quarter-finals and defeat England along the way, is the smallest nation to ever qualify for the World Cup with population of just 330,000.
  • Team profile: Iran
    Apr 01, 2018 Matt Smith, Deputy Sports Editor
    Iran booked their place with relative ease, staying undefeated as they topped a qualifying group that included South Korea. It is hard to imagine they will find the going quite so easy in Russia.
  • Team profile: Japan
    Apr 01, 2018 Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
    Currently coached by Akira Nishino, the Samurai Blue have traditionally preferred a possession-based style.
  • Team profile: Mexico
    Apr 01, 2018 Matt Smith, Deputy Sports Editor
    Mexico have fielded so many different line-ups in recent games it is fair to say even manager Juan Carlos Osorio does not know who will start in their opening game against Germany.
  • Team profile: Morocco
    Apr 01, 2018 Matt Smith, Deputy Sports Editor
    Morocco came to global attention when they stunned England, Poland and Portugal to win their group in 1986, and they have also caused a few upsets since.
  • Team profile: Nigeria
    Apr 01, 2018 N.D Prashant, Sport Reporter
    The Super Eagles are crowd favourites as the underdogs who have always impressed with their achievements.
  • Team profile: Panama
    Apr 01, 2018 Matt Smith, Deputy Sports Editor
    Better known for its canal and hats, baseball and boxing are Panama’s biggest sports, but now football could be up there too, after Los Canaleros (the Canal Men) qualified for the World Cup for the first time.
  • Team profile: Peru
    Apr 01, 2018 N.D Prashant, Sport Reporter
    After a gap of 36 years Peru ares back in the World Cup with a young brigade. However, their first qualification since 1982 had its share of controversies.
  • Team profile: Poland
    Apr 01, 2018 Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
    A glimpse of the current team gives one a walk down memory lane when the nation could boats of one of the best teams in the world during the mid-1970s.
  • Team profile: Portugal
    Apr 01, 2018 Matt Smith, Deputy Sports Editor
    Despite his advancing years, in footballing terms, Cristiano Ronaldo should be ready to hit the ground running as Portugal aim to claim their fist World Cup trophy to place alongside the European Championships silverware they won two years ago in France.
  • Team profile: Russia
    Apr 01, 2018 Ashley Hammond, Senior Sports Reporter
    As the Soviet Union, out of seven World Cup appearances, the team reached three quarter-finals and a best finish of fourth in 1966
  • Team profile: Saudi Arabia
    Apr 01, 2018 Ashley Hammond, Senior Sports Reporter
    With three managers since September, the tournament’s lowest ranked side haven’t exactly had the best stability heading into a World Cup.
  • Team profile: Senegal
    Apr 01, 2018 Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
    The Lions of Teranga first created a flutter in African and world football when they qualified to the 2002 Fifa World Cup. Their first-ever match was so huge that everyone took notice as Senegal upset World and European champions France 1-0 to set the tone of the competition.
  • Team profile: Serbia
    Apr 01, 2018 Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
    The evolution of Serbia from ‘the Blues’ to current day ‘Eagles’ has been long and tormenting.
  • Team profile: South Korea
    Apr 01, 2018 Matt Smith, Deputy Sports Editor
    South Korea were berated back home after a poor 2014 campaign saw them return from Brazil with a solitary point from three matches against Russia, Algeria and Belgium.
  • Team profile: Spain
    Apr 01, 2018 Matt Smith, Deputy Sports Editor
    With the curtain falling on Spain’s golden generation, expect a number of Julen Lopetegui’s stars to give their all to go out on a high.
  • Team profile: Sweden
    Apr 01, 2018 Matt Smith, Deputy Sports Editor
    With headline-grabber and self-styled superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of the reckoning, Sweden have plodded along quite happily under the radar since they stunned Italy in their qualification play-off to book their place in Russia.
  • Team profile: Switzerland
    Apr 01, 2018 Alaric Gomes, Senior Reporter
    Switzerland’s best performance so far has been three quarter-final appearances in the ten times they’ve made it to the Fifa World Cup.
  • Team profile: Tunisia
    Apr 01, 2018 Matt Smith, Deputy Sports Editor
    Write off Tunisia at your peril as they were the first Arab team to win a World Cup match against Mexico 3-1 on their debut in 1978 and followed it up a goalless draw against West Germany at that tournament.
  • Team profile: Uruguay
    Apr 01, 2018 Ashley Hammond, Senior Sports Reporter
    Don’t be fooled by the fact that two-time winners Uruguay haven’t won a World Cup in almost 70 years