Meet the 32 Finalists for Russia 2018

  • Learn all about the 32 teams that will play at next year’s FIFA World Cup™

  • Our interactive guide profiles the coach, star, and top goal in qualifying for each team

  • Slide show a fun way to know more about the teams set to appear at Russia 2018

Excitement is building for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, with all 32 teams now confirmed for the next edition of football’s showpiece event.

As part of our build-up, we take a closer look at the teams that will appear at Russia 2018 in our colourful and interactive guide!

Each slide show includes a profile on the coach and the star of each qualified team, as well as a video of the top goal scored by most of the teams in qualifying.

Click on the links below to learn more about the 32 teams that will contest world football’s top prize in Russia!


AUSTRALIA - The Socceroos are making their fifth appearance at a World Cup IRAN - Team Melli were the first Asian team to qualify for Russia 2018 JAPAN - The Japanese have made the Round of 16 on two occasions KOREA REPUBLIC - The Taeguk Warriors have been a World Cup ever-present since 1986 SAUDI ARABIA - The Saudis made their World Cup debut at USA 1994


EGYPT - The Pharaohs are making their first world finals appearance since Italy 1990 MOROCCO - The Atlas Lions topped African zone Group C in qualification NIGERIA - The Super Eagles have only missed one tournament since their debut at USA 1994 SENEGAL - In their debut at Korea/Japan 2002, the Lions of Teranga reached the quarter-finals TUNISIA - At Argentina 1978, the Carthage Eagles became the first African team to win a World Cup match


COSTA RICA - Los Ticos impressed at Brazil 2014, making the quarter-finals MEXICO - The Mexicans lost just once in qualifying for Russia 2018 PANAMA - The central Americans are making their World Cup debut in Russia


ARGENTINA - The two-time champions appeared at the inaugural edition at Uruguay 1930 BRAZIL - A Seleção were the first team to qualify after hosts Russia COLOMBIA - Los Cafeteros coach Jose Pekerman was in charge of his native Argentina at Germany 2006 PERU - The Peruvians return to the world finals for the first time in 36 years URUGUAY - La Celeste were world champions as hosts in 1930 and at Brazil 1950


BELGIUM - The Belgians went undefeated in topping UEFA Group H in qualifying CROATIA - The Croatians finished third in their World Cup debut at France 1998 DENMARK - The Danes secured qualification with a comfortable play-off win over Republic of Ireland ENGLAND - The Three Lions have made the finals 14 times from 16 qualifying campaigns FRANCE - Les Bleus are making a sixth-straight world finals appearance GERMANY - The defending world champions registered a 100 per cent record in qualifying ICELAND - The smallest country by population ever to qualify for a World Cup POLAND - The Poles finished third at Germany 1974 and Spain 1982 PORTUGAL - A Seleção das Quinas are making a fifth-straight finals appearance RUSSIA - As the Soviet Union, the World Cup hosts finished fourth at England 1966 SERBIA - The Serbs topped UEFA Group D in qualification with only one defeat SPAIN - Champions in 2010, Spain’s World Cup debut was at Italy 1934 SWEDEN - The Swedes were runners-up as World Cup hosts in 1958 SWITZERLAND - The Swiss have reached the quarter-finals on three occasions