2018 World Cup Russia: Who qualified? When is the draw?

The final 32 teams are officially set as the World Cup inches closer.
The World Cup is almost six months away. (Photo: Getty Images)

Have we ever seen a World Cup qualification stage as dramatic and surprising as the one we just saw? Probably not. 

 

If there has been, I most certainly was not around for it. 

 

The 32 teams that will be competing in the 2018 World Cup in Russia have been officially set after Wednesday night's playoff that saw Peru move past New Zealand behind a 2-0 aggregate result that saw both goals scored in the second leg. 

 

Here is the complete list of teams that have qualified for the tournament:

 

Russia (qualified as hosts)

11th World Cup

Best finish: Quarterfinalists (1958, 1962, 1070)

 

Brazil

21st World Cup

Best finish: Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)

 

Iran

5th World Cup

Best finish: Group Stage (5 times)

 

Japan

6th World Cup

Best finish: Round of 16 (2002, 2010)

 

Mexico

16th World Cup

Best finish: Quarterfinalists (1970, 1986)

 

Belgium

13th World Cup

Best finish: Semifinalists (1986)

 

South Korea

10th World Cup

Best finish: Semifinalists (2002)

 

Saudi Arabia

5th World Cup

Best finish: Round of 16 (1994)

 

Germany

19th World Cup

Best finish: Winners (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)

 

England

15th World Cup

Best finish: Winners (1966)

 

Spain

15th World Cup

Best finish: Winners (2010)

 

Nigeria

6th World Cup

Best finish: Round of 16 (1994, 1998, 2014)

 

Costa Rica

5th World Cup

Best finish: Quarterfinalists (2014)

 

Poland

8th World Cup

Best finish: 3rd Place (1974, 1982)

 

Egypt

3rd World Cup

Best finish: Group stage (2 times)

 

Iceland

1st World Cup

 

Serbia

12th World Cup

Best finish: Semifinalists (1930, 1962)

France

15th World Cup

Best finish: Winners (1998)

 

Portugal

7th World Cup

Best finish: 3rd Place (1966)

 

Panama

1st World Cup

 

Argentina

17th World Cup

Best finish: Winners (1978, 1986)

 

Colombia

6th World Cup

Best finish: Quarterfinalists (2014)

 

Uruguay

13th World Cup

Best finish: Winners (1930, 1950)

 

Senegal

2nd World Cup

Best finish: Quarterfinalists (2002)

 

Morocco

5th World Cup

Best finish: Round of 16 (1986)

 

Tunisia

5th World Cup

Best finish: Group Stage (5 times)

 

Switzerland

11th World Cup

Best finish: Quarterfinalists (1934, 1938, 1954)

 

Croatia

5th World Cup

Best finish: 3rd Place (1998)

 

Sweden

12th World Cup

Best finish: 3rd Place (1950, 1994)

 

Denmark

5th World Cup

Best finish: Quarterfinalists (1998)

 

Australia

5th World Cup

Best finish: Round of 16 (2006)

 

Peru

5th World Cup

Best finish: Quarterfinalists (1970)

 

The FIFA World Cup draw, which places the teams in their respective groups (eight groups of four teams), will take place on Friday, Dec. 1 at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.

 
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