2018 FIFA World Cup Qualified National Football Teams (Second Batch)

Here is the second batch of the national football teams who won their respective confederation qualifying matches (or who became runner ups) from October 5 to 8 2017  and grabbed a spot to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

aenglish-flag-largeEngland

Previous Appearances: 14 (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014) Winners (1966)

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England did not enter the competition until 1950, but has entered all seventeen subsequent tournaments except in 1994 in USA, It has failed to qualify for the finals on three occasions, 1974 (West Germany), 1978 (Argentina) and 1994 (United States). Their best ever performance is winning the Cup in the 1966 tournament held in England, and reaching fourth place in 1990, held in Italy. Other than that, the team has reached the quarter finals on six occasions, including 2002 (Korea/Japan), and 2006 (Germany). The 2014 (Brazil) World Cup was their worst ever performance in a major tournament.

England were eliminated in the first round for the first time since the 1958 Competition (Sweden). For the first time, they lost both their first two matches, and did not advance from the group stage. They had only one point (from a goalless draw with Costa Rica), and, following a 1–0 loss by Italy against Costa Rica, could not reach the knockout stage.

England are one of only eight countries ever to win the World Cup, which they did in 1966 when they hosted the finals. They defeated West Germany 4–2 after extra time to win the World Cup title. Since then, they have generally reached the knockout stages of almost every competition they have qualified for, including a fourth-place finish in the 1990 World Cup. England also reached the semi final of the UEFA European Championship in 1968 and 1996. They were the most successful of the “home nations”, in the British Home Championship with 54 wins (including 20 shared wins) before the competition was suspended in 1984. England have had more goalless draws than any other nation.

german-flag-largeGermany

Previous Appearances: 18 (1934, 1938, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010) Winners (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)

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The Germany national football team is one of the most successful national teams at the FIFA World Cup, winning four titles, earning second-place and third-place finishes four times each and one fourth-place finish. If you consider 3rd place or better for a winning campaign, Germany’s 12 victories in 18 tournaments—a 66.6667 percent success rate—surpasses every other team. In addition, Germany are the only team which has stood on the podium (3rd place or better) every decade they entered the tournament—1930s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. Along with Argentina, Brazil and Spain, they are one of the four national teams to win outside their continental confederation, with the title of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in South America. The team was present in 18 out of the 20 tournaments, the second most frequent along with Italy, and only once did not reach the quarterfinals, in 1938. With this, Germany’s 8th place or better (quarterfinals) in 17 out of 18 tournaments (94%) ranks highest in FIFA World Cup Finals history. It makes Germany the better team in the history of the tournament in terms of final positions, if points were awarded proportionally for a title, runner-up finish, third-place finish, semi-final and quarter-final appearances.

spanish-flag-largeSpain

Previous Appearances: 14 (1934, 1950, 1962, 1966, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006, 2014) Winners (2010)

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Spain is one of only eight countries ever to have won the FIFA World Cup, which it did at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, in South Africa, the first time the team had reached the final. The team is one of the most present at the World Cup finals, with 14 appearances out of the 20 tournaments. Spain reached fourth-place in 1950, and has reached the quarter-finals four times. The Spanish team has also won three UEFA European Football Championships, in 1964, 2008 and 2012 and the Olympic football tournament in 1992.

1009559-Drapeau_du_NigeriaNigeria

Previous Appearances: 5 (1994, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2014)

Vincent-EnyeamaNigeria have appeared in the finals of the FIFA World Cup on five occasions, the first being in 1994 where they reached the second round.

They made their fifth appearance at the finals in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

This will be Nigeria’s sixth appearance at a World Cup – and their third in a row. They have reached the last 16 three times – 1994, 1998 and 2014 – but have never advanced beyond that stage.

costa-rican-flag-largeCosta Rica

Previous Appearances: 4 (1990, 2002, 2006, 2014)
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Russia 2018 will be the fifth time Los Ticos have appeared at a World Cup finals. Last time out in Brazil, they finished top of a group containing Uruguay, Italy, and bottom-placed England, before going out in the quarter-finals on penalties to the Netherlands.

polish-flag-largePoland

Previous Appearances: 7 (1938, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 2002, 2006)

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Poland are ranked sixth in the world. They have never won the World Cup but many believe this is one of the country’s strongest squads. Their highest previous finish is third, which they achieved in 1974 and 1982.

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Egypt

Previous Appearances: 2 (1934, 1990)

20170122085121egypt-team-abdullah-al-said-620x330Egypt has qualified for the finals on three occasions, in 1934 , 1990 and 2018 FIFA World Cup.In 1934 Egypt became the first African team to play in the World Cup finals.

Egypt are currently 30th in Fifa’s world rankings – one place below the Netherlands. Having missed out on the 2010 and 2014 competitions after play-off defeats, they qualified for Russia when Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah scored an injury-time winner against Congo on 8 October. Their last notable success at a major tournament was in 2010, when they lifted the Africa Cup of Nations for the seventh time.

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