2018 FIFA World Cup draw
Written by Keshia Jansen on December 1, 2017
The day of the long awaited 2018 FIFA World Cup draw has finally arrived.
The draw that will divide the participating 32 countries into eight groups will be held at the Concert Hall at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia.
According to FIFA, Former England forward Gary Lineker will conduct the Final Draw with the support of Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya.
Lineker and Komandnaya will be assisted by eight representatives of the FIFA World Cup-winning nations.
This includes France’s Laurent Blanc, England’s Gordon Banks, Brazil’s Cafu, Italy’s Fabio Cannavaro, Uruguay’s Diego Forlan, Argentina’s Diego Maradona, Spain’s Carles Puyol and Russia’s Nikita Simonyan.
The 32 qualifiers have been divided into four pots from which balls representing the countries will be randomly selected.
The countries will then be placed into eight groups, determined by the order in which they were drawn.
As Russia is the host country, it will automatically be placed in the first position of group A, explains FIFA.
The qualifying teams include:
The results of the draw will be live tweeted by @CocaCola_ZA at 5pm.
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