How to follow the Final Draw with FIFA Digital

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On Friday 1 December, the attention of the footballing world will be focused on the Russian capital of Moscow as the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ is made. will be reporting on every detail of the event. As well as exclusive interviews with stars, coaches and other participants, we will also be providing some background and behind-the-scenes coverage from the Draw.

Our live reporting gets underway at 10:00 local time (08:00 CET) on Friday with a LIVE blog bringing you statistics, news, images and exclusive videos from Moscow.

From 18:00 local time (16:00 CET), former England international striker and Mexico 1986 adidas Golden Boot winner Gary Lineker will host the Final Draw ceremony in the concert hall at the State Kremlin Palace. He will be joined by Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya, while eight legends of the beautiful game will act as draw assistants: France’s Laurent Blanc, England goalkeeping great Gordon Banks, Cafu of Brazil, Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro, Uruguayan Diego Forlan, Argentina legend Diego Maradona, Spain’s Carles Puyol and Nikita Simonya of Russia.

We will provide you with an overview of all the groups while the individual teams are being drawn. Once the event has drawn to a close, stay with us for analysis of all eight groups and reactions from all 32 national coaches.

Users of social networks can also follow, comment on and give their predictions for the Final Draw via the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ page on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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