World Cup 2018: What Countries Qualified For The Men’s Tournament?

Here is every country that qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the major countries that didn’t qualify. The games start on June 14. Newsweek
Russia (UEFA). Qualified for 2018? Yes. As the host country, Russia is guaranteed a qualification. Having competed in 10 World Cup competitions prior to 2018 (which marks their 11th appearance), the highest Russia has ranked is fourth place, in 1966. The current head coach is Stanislav Cherchesov and the team captain is Igor Akinfeev.REUTERS:Maxim Shemetov

Although professional soccer isn’t as big in the United States as it is around the world, you still most likely know about the World Cup. It’s the most viewed sporting event in the world—bigger than the Super Bowl, the World Series, even the Olympics. In 2014, 3.2 billion people watched the games, with a billion watching the final match. So yeah, the World Cup is a big deal.

Officially called the FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) World Cup, it has been played every four years since 1930 with the exception of 1942 and 1946, when the games were canceled because of the Second World War. The countries qualify by first competing in a series of games over a three year period, culminating in the World Cup Finals, where 32 teams compete for the chance to compete in the final phase: the World Cup. The host nation’s team, Russia in 2018, is automatically qualified to compete. Critics have questioned Russia’s eligibility to this rule because of the country’s past doping scandals, the New York Times reported.

Germany holds the current title, winning the final game in 2014. Brazil is the only country to have competed in every World Cup game. Brazil also holds the title for the most World Cup wins, with five; followed by Italy and Germany with four titles each; Argentina and Uruguay with two wins; and Spain, France, and England with one title won. Uruguay held the first games and won the title.

So what teams qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup? How about the countries that didn’t make the cut? We’ve compiled them all for you. You’re welcome. Here is every country that qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the major countries that didn’t qualify. The games start on June 14.

Belgium (UEFA). Qualified for 2018? Yes. The first time Belgium qualified for the World Cup was in 1930. Since then Belgium has appeared 13 times at the game. The highest ranking Belgium has achieved is fourth place, in 1986. Nicknamed the Red Devils, the current head coach is Roberto Martínez and the team captain is Eden Hazard. REUTERS/Eric Vidal
Germany (UEFA). Qualified for 2018? Yes. Germany has appeared in 18 World Cup competitions, starting in 1934. They have won four, in 1954, 1974, 1990, and 2014. Nicknamed the DFB Eleven, the current head coach is Joachim Löw and the team captain is Manuel Neuer.REUTERS/Lisi Niesner
England (UEFA). Qualified for 2018? Yes. Nicknamed the Three Lions, 2018 marks the 15th appearance for the team. They first appeared in the World Cup 1950 and were champions during the 1966 games. The current head coach is Gareth Southgate and the team captain is Harry Kane. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Spain (UEFA). Qualified for 2018? Yes. Spain’s team first appeared in the World Cup games in 1934, and has qualified 15 times since then. They were champions in 2010. The current head coach is Julen Lopetegui and the team captain is Sergio Ramos. They are nicknamed the Red Fury. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Poland (UEFA). Qualified for 2018? Yes. Nicknamed the White and the Reds, Poland has made eight appearances at the World Cup since 1938. The highest the country has ranked is third place, in 1974 and 1982. The current head coach is Adam Nawałka and the team captain is Robert Lewandowski. REUTERS/Michael Dalde
Iceland (UEFA). Qualified for 2018? Yes. 2018 will be the first time Iceland has appeared in the World Cup. Nicknamed Our Boys, the head coach is Heimir Hallgrímsson and the team captain is Aron Gunnarsson.Action Images/Adam Holt
Serbia (UEFA). Qualified for 2018? Yes. Serbia has made 12 appearances at the games. The highest the team ever reached was third place, back in 1930. Nicknamed the Eagles, the current head coach is Mladen Krstajić and the team captain is Aleksandar Kolarov.REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
France (UEFA). Qualified for 2018? Yes. Since 1930, France has qualified 15 times for the World Cup, winning once, in 1998. Nicknamed the Blues, the head coach is Didier Deschamps and the team captain is Hugo Lloris.Reuters/Andrew Couldridge
Portugal (UEFA). Qualified for 2018? Yes. Nicknamed the Navigators, Portugal has made seven World Cup appearances since 1966, ranking third that year (their highest ranking). The current head coach is Fernando Santos and the team captain is Cristiano Ronaldo.REUTERS/Phil Noble
Switzerland (UEFA). Qualified for 2018? Yes. Since 1934 Switzerland has appeared in the World Cup games 10 times, reaching the quarter-finals in 1934, 1938, and 1954. Nicknamed the Swiss Nati, the head coach is Vladimir Petković and the team captain is Stephan Lichtsteiner.REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Croatia (UEFA). Qualified for 2018? Yes. Nicknamed the Blazers, since 1998 Croatia has made five appearances at the World Cup. The highest they’ve ranked is third place. The head coach is Zlatko Dalić and the team captain is Luka Modrić.REUTERS/Hannah McKay
Sweden (UEFA). Qualified for 2018? Yes. Since 1934, Sweden has competed in 12 World Cup games, coming in as runners-up in 1958, their highest ranking. Coached by Janne Andersson with team captain Andreas Granqvist, the team is nicknamed the Blue-Yellow. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Although professional soccer isn’t as big in the United States as it is around the world, you still most likely know about the World Cup. It’s the most viewed sporting event in the world—bigger than the Super Bowl, the World Series, even the Olympics. In 2014, 3.2 billion people watched the games, with a billion watching the final match. So yeah, the World Cup is a big deal.

Officially called the FIFA (International Federation of Association Football) World Cup, it has been played every four years since 1930 with the exception of 1942 and 1946, when the games were canceled because of the Second World War. The countries qualify by first competing in a series of games over a three year period, culminating in the World Cup Finals, where 32 teams compete for the chance to compete in the final phase: the World Cup. The host nation’s team, Russia in 2018, is automatically qualified to compete. Critics have questioned Russia’s eligibility to this rule because of the country’s past doping scandals, the New York Times reported.

Germany holds the current title, winning the final game in 2014. Brazil is the only country to have competed in every World Cup game. Brazil also holds the title for the most World Cup wins, with five; followed by Italy and Germany with four titles each; Argentina and Uruguay with two wins; and Spain, France, and England with one title won. Uruguay held the first games and won the title.

So what teams qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup? How about the countries that didn’t make the cut? We’ve compiled them all for you. You’re welcome. Here is every country that qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and the major countries that didn’t qualify. The games start on June 14.