He explained that Iran coach Carlos Queiroz "has been with them for a long time (7 years by next summer) and they were the first team to qualify for the World Cup". Although Sweden's Ibrahimovic being replaced with its latest attacking inspiration Emil Forsberg is expected to reward the hard-working team, the remaining two - Mexico and South Korea do not seem to have the quality to challenge Germany, the defending champions.
An array of Premier League stars will be in action on the final matchday in Group G, when England take on Belgium - featuring Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku and company - in Kaliningrad. As we all know in football nothing is impossible. "Urugay is one of the leaders in South America, so it's clear to us what to expect from this team".
"It is going to be one of those games with no secrets", said Martinez, a former Everton manager.
"We will attempt to achieve the best possible results and we will give our maximum", Cúper told TyC Sports. Those burdened with the unenviable task of being in the same group as the tournament favourites are, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Serbia, all of which are likely to be fighting it out for second spot in Group E. "There is no reason for us to be nervous", Germany coach Joachim Loew said. "We are not just 11 players, we are 100 million".
The last team to win back-to-back World Cup tournaments was Brazil, doing so in 1958 and 1962. That brings that understanding.
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"I think that this is a flawless - even ideal - group", former Russian Federation coach and three-time domestic Premier League champion Valery Gazzayev told R-Sport.
The full draw for the 2018 World Cup stage is below. His club-mate, Robert Lewandowski will be hoping to fire Poland into the knockout stages, even if it looks unlikely he restricts their success in the Bundesliga, Dortmund's Shinji Kagawa will be hoping he can help Japan find success in this group, whilst Senegal will be heavily reliant on Liverpool's Sadio Mane if they're to have any success in Group H. Putin urged fans to visit and enjoy his big and multi-faceted country, a rallying cry which follows concerns about racism and hooliganism.
"We will do everything to make it a major sporting festival", Putin said, looking forward to a World Cup of "friendship and fair play, values that do not change with time". Olympic doping scandals, political tension and controversy around the World Cup bidding process have often overshadowed Russia's preparations for the tournament.
They have played each other 19 times in total with Spain winning seven, drawing seven and losing five.
The International Olympic Committee executive board will decide on Tuesday whether to ban Russian Federation from the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics.
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