Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Draw



WORLD CUP DRAW: A - Russia, Uruguay, Egypt, Saudi Arabia B - Portugal, Spain, Iran, Morocco C - France, Peru, Denmark, Australia D - Argentina, Croatia, Iceland, Nigeria E - Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia F - Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea G - Belgium, England, Tunisia, Panama H - Poland, Colombia, Senegal, Japan


HELLO ONE AND ALL. Settle down, settle down. I'm Matt Verri, and this is the moment you've all been waiting for. The 2018 World Cup Draw. Oh yes, it's upon us. So delay opening your advent calendars for now, we've got bigger things to be dealing with. BRING ON THE BALLS.

The show (because we couldn't possibly just do the draw, we have to make a song and dance of it) is due to get underway in seven minutes. After that, I imagine we have at least four hours of waffling, another nine montages of previous World Cups, a live wrestling match between Putin and a bear, and then we might be ready to go. So get comfy.

Now, if you could have anything in the world right now, what would it be? What's that? A full preview of all 32 teams in today's draw, including each national anthem being abused and rated out of ten? My friends.... you're in luck. Feast your eyes on this.* *in the next update, I've run out of characters like an idiot. Be right back... THERE YOU GO. DRINK IT IN.

POT 1: Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France POT 2: Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Uruguay, Mexico, Croatia POT 3: Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran POT 4: Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, South Korea, Saudi Arabia One team from each pot in every group. Complicated I know.

Do let me know where you're following from. I demand someone from Panama speaks up and says hello. What groups do you want to see for your country...... something tough? An easy ride? In terms of England, worse case scenario might be Brazil, Iceland and Nigeria? Best case.... Russia, Iran and Panama. IRAN AND PANAMA IN THE SAME GROUP. PHWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAR.

Yinka 'yr' Raimi

Yinka from Nigeria. Hoping for Russia & Iran

Matt Verri

Lovely to see you Yinka, thanks for following. Don't think many countries will want to draw Nigeria from Pot 4, they look quite strong! I might be biased about Iwobi as an Arsenal fan though....

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BBC have kicked off their coverage. Mark Chapman running the show as Gary Lineker has got the hottest ticket in town and is running the draw itself I believe. MONTAGE KLAXON. I'll be keeping count, don't you worry. One down, bit average to be honest. Presence of Motson's voice not enough to save it.

Right, a few more rules and boring stuff like that. South American countries can't be in the same group as each other, same for African countries. There are allowed to be two European countries in a group... but no more than that! Ah, big bad Vlad is underway in Russia. Very shiny forehead on him, he's had that sorted before coming on. No doubt.

Chapman, Shearer and some other random guy going on about distances between stadiums. Irrelevant. I don't care one bit if England have to travel an extra few hundred miles, I'm sure they'll have sufficient leg room. Shearer tells everyone it's not important, and to move on. Random guy disagrees. FIGHT!

Shearer's group he wants to avoid as an England fan... Poland, Iran, Panama. Yes, he wants to avoid that. To be fair England are just as useless against anyone, they've had weak groups before and looked dreadful. *COUGH* 2010 *COUGH* Al wants us to face a good team early on, focus the mind, get us going. Fair point.