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The 2018 FIFA World Cup, which is set to be hosted by Russia, will run from June 14th, 2018 until July 15th, 2018.

In total, 12 different venues in 11 different host cities will play host to the 32 teams that end up qualifying for the tournament.

Russia, which is the host country, automatically qualifies for entrance into the tournament. This leaves the 31 other spots up for grabs through the qualifying process.


The home of the 2018 World Cup final - Russia - Moscow - Stadium Luzhniki - Night shot with blue red and white colours.


Here is a list of the teams that have qualified so far, as well as their current betting odds to win the World Cup:

Russia, 41.00
Brazil, 6.00
Iran, 251.00
Japan, 151.00
Mexico, 101.00
Belgium, 13.00
South Korea, 201.00
Saudi Arabia, 1001.00
Germany, 6.00
England, 21.00
Spain, 8.00
Nigeria, 151.00
Costa Rica, 251.00
Poland, 67.00
Egypt, 151.00
Iceland, 151.00
Serbia, 126.00
Portugal, 21.00
France, 6.00
Uruguay, 41.00
Argentina, 9.00
Columbia, 41.00
Panama, 1001.00
Senegal, 201.00
Morocco, 401.00
Tunisia, 501.00
Switzerland, 51.00
Croatia, 34.00
Sweden, 76.00
Denmark, 101.00

There are still a total of three spots that need to be handed out, as there are some playoff matches that still need to be contested.

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The usual band of suspects has proven to be popular with gamblers so far, including:

France
Germany
Brazil
England
Argentina


Lionel Messi is in Russia to play a promotional game with Argentina (vs. Russia) ahead the 2018 World Cup.  November 2017.


The "dark horse" candidates that have drawn early interest from gamblers include:

Portugal, 21.00 (Portugal is the defending Euro champion and has arguably the best player in the world on their side)

Belgium, 13.00 (Belgium always has a strong club and this year is no different)

Russia, 41.00 (the home country will always draw interest - remember South Korea in 2002?)

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Here is how all of the teams that have received tickets to the 2018 World Cup have qualified so far:

Russia - host nation
Brazil - won CONMEBOL round robin
Iran - AFC Third Round Group A Winners
Japan - AFC Third Round Group B Winners
Mexico - CONCACAF Fifth Round Winners
Belgium - UEFA Group H Winners
South Korea - AFC Third Round Group A runners-up
Saudi Arabia - AFC Third Round Group B runners-up
Germany - UEFA Group C winners
England - UEFA Group F winners
Spain - UEFA Group G winners
Nigeria - CAF Third Round Group B winners
Costa Rica - CONCACAF Fifth Round Runners-up
Poland - UEFA Group E winners
Egypt - CAF Third Round Group E winners
Iceland - UEFA Group I winners
Serbia - UEFA Group D winners
Portugal - UEFA Group B winners
France - UEFA Group A winners
Uruguay - CONMEBOL Round Robin runners-up
Argentina - CONMEBOL Round Robin third place
Columbia - CONMEBOL Round Robin fourth place
Panama - CONCACAF Fifth Round third place
Senegal - CAF Third Round Group D winners
Morocco - CAF Third Round Group C winners
Tunisia - CAF Third Round Group A winners
Switzerland - UEFA Second Round winners
Croatia - UEFA Second Round winners
Sweden - UEFA Second Round winners
Denmark - UEFA Second Round winners

Of the teams that have qualified so far, Russia qualified the earliest due to being the host nation.

Of the teams that had to play their win in, Brazil qualified the earliest (March 28th, 2017). This was a full 2 1/2 months before any other team qualified.

The 2018 World Cup draw will be held on December 1st at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia. The venue hosts 6,000 spectators, one of which will surely be Russian President, Vladimir Putin.