Thursday, December 7, 2017

England enter 'safe group' in the 2018 World Cup Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino opened Russia's 2018 World Cup drawing ceremony in Moscow's capital on Friday (01/12).
"Our country awaits the championship and wants to implement it at the highest level," Putin explained through a TV address.

He added Russia has loved football all along and promised to 'do everything to make it a great sports festival'.

Argentine legend Diego Maradona took part in the draw which was hosted by former England star Gary Lineker.

Here are the results of the 2018 World Cup group drawing which will run from 14 June to 15 July 2018.

Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran
Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, United Kingdom
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

The introduction of England's group with Belgium was welcomed by former England national Chris Waddle.

"We know Belgium are talented - they should perform better in the two previous championships - they lost to Wales in the Euro 2016 Cup. They can be beaten," he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

The entry of Tunisia and Panama to Group G clearly made the competition in the group not heavy and England are expected to qualify from the group stage.

"The draw is fantastic for England, you can not ask for a better draw than that.All the teams are dangerous Belgians have a class on a good day but others can be greatly defeated," added Waddle.

Without Italy and the Netherlands

The 2018 World Cup finals in Russia in 2018 will not be enlivened by the Italian team-winning side who have won four World Cups-and the Netherlands, who were eliminated in the preliminary round.
The first match will take place on June 14, 2018 at the Luzhniki Stadium in the capital Moscow, which is the largest and latest stadium in this Russian World Cup.

With a capacity of 81,000 spectators, the stadium built at the site of the old stadium will also be the venue for the final match on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

Luzhniki Stadium is located on the site of the former Central Lenin Stadium, which was built in just 450 days between 1955 and 1956, reflecting the ambitions of the Soviet government (before it broke out and one became Russia) after the athlete gained 71 medals at the first Olimpide in Helsinki 1952.
Built for the 1980 Moscow Olympics, Central Lenin Stadium has a capacity of 100,000 spectators.

The 1990s stadium was renovated and hosted the 2008 Champions League final when Manchester United beat Chelsea on penalties.

Further improvements to the 2018 World Cup include pulling out the athletic track but the outer layout is maintained.

The other match will take place in 11 other stadiums across Russia spread over the farthest distance of 1,800 miles or about 2,900 km from the Kaliningrad Stadium on the coast of the Baltic Sea to the Ekaterinburg Stadium in the Ural mountains.

The long distance makes four different time zones between 12 stadiums that will hold a total of 64 games.