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2018 FIFA World Cup Quiz

Name the teams in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Last updated: December 05, 2017
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Group A
Egypt
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Uruguay
 
Group B
Iran
Morocco
Portugal
Spain
Group C
Australia
Denmark
France
Peru
 
Group D
Argentina
Croatia
Iceland
Nigeria
Group E
Brazil
Costa Rica
Serbia
Switzerland
 
Group F
Germany
Mexico
South Korea
Sweden
Group G
Belgium
England
Panama
Tunisia
 
Group H
Colombia
Japan
Poland
Senegal
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level 67
Nov 16, 2017
I am so lost when I try to take any of these sportsball quizzes
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level 73
Jun 13, 2018
Your foosball is on fire.
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level 68
Nov 17, 2017
It's going to be quite strange without Italy, the Netherlands and the USA...
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level 66
Nov 17, 2017
Not sure about the last one. Hardly a footalling super power. More 'making up the numbers' when it comes to football. Still miles better than my country mind.
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level 67
Nov 17, 2017
Absolutely not a football super power. But they play in a weaker confederation and missed the WC for the first time since 1986. To me, this is more surprising than the Netherlands missing.
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level 72
Jun 13, 2018
USA always qualify though, it's odd them not being there. They're getting better too.
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level 70
Jun 13, 2018
The USA did a lot better than a lot of the superpower teams in the 2014 WC. Made it to the knockout round in a very tough group and took Belgium to overtime. It really stinks that they didn't qualify this year but it is time to let the veterans go and rebuild the team around young players.
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level 66
Jun 13, 2018
@ed1969, it's called "Extra time" ;-)
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level 32
May 17, 2018
and chile
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level 70
Jun 13, 2018
No Ghana either. They were always one of the strongest African teams.
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level 30
Jun 13, 2018
I think Africa are very well represented this WC, best the continents had in a while.
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level 49
Jun 19, 2018
I agree with ScrambledEgg, there's quite a few African teams this year and, apart from Nigeria, they've put up a pretty good fight so far.
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level 22
Jun 17, 2018
WOW i forgot the host country!
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level 63
Nov 17, 2017
No Vatican, huh?
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level 44
Jan 11, 2018
The pope was injured for 5 months and they didn't make it through the qualifiers.
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level 45
Jun 13, 2018
Palau also didn't quite make it.
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level 55
Nov 17, 2017
VAMOS PERU!
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level 43
Nov 19, 2017
VAMOS BRASIL!
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level 21
Jun 14, 2018
VAMOS VANUATU!
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level 57
Jul 1, 2018
VAMOS SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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level 70
Nov 18, 2017
Chile knocked themselves out of the World Cup.

During CONMEBOL qualifying, after drawing 0-0 with Bolivia, Chile filed a complaint about Bolivia using an ineligible player. Upon investigation, their complain was upheld and Bolivia forfeited the match, resulting in a 3-0 win for Chile. (an additional 2 points from what they had earned on the pitch)

But Bolivia had also used that same player in the previous match, which was a 2-0 win over Peru. Bolivia had to also forfeit that match, resulting in a 3-0 win for Peru. (an additional 3 points from what they had earned on the pitch)

Peru and Chile finished tied on points (26 apiece), but Peru advanced to the Inter-continental playoff vs New Zealand based on a better Goal Differential than Chile.

Had Chile not appealed Bolivia's use of that player, neither match would've been forfeited, and Chile would've finished ahead of Paraguay (on GD) and Peru (on points).
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level 69
Nov 20, 2017
Doh!
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level 80
Jun 13, 2018
I haven't been able to tell if they knew the outcome before they filed the complaint. If they did, I'd applaud them for doing it anyway. Still, no good deed goes unpunished.
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level 48
Jun 13, 2018
@Platitude - they didn't - at the time it looked as if the extra 2 points would help them finish above Argentina, but it didn't work out that way...
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level 77
Nov 19, 2017
Can you imagine if the US actually cared about soccer like other nations? The rest of the world would have to start to dislike their favorite sport. How could they love a sport that the US ruled? Lots of heads exploding for the reflexive anti-US crowd. Fortunately that will never happen.
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level 54
Nov 29, 2017
hahahaha, what a load of BS...
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level 44
Jan 11, 2018
Just like they rule in sprint runners. Oh, wait, there's that island with the 2 million people on it... Hockey and baseball it is, then.
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level 53
Feb 12, 2018
Where the World Series doesn't have the rest of the world.
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level 72
Jun 13, 2018
Hockey is mostly Canadian players. Americans don't really care for it.
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level 74
Jun 13, 2018
Whoa, wait a minute...Americans don't really care for hockey? No, it's not the revenue-generator of NFL, MLB, or NBA, but it's fourth on the list, so somebody's buying tickets and merchandise. There are 24 US teams versus 7 Canadian. Yes, there are twice as many Canadian players (and that's changing), but that still doesn't mean Americans don't care for the game, there just aren't as many fans as the big three leagues.
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level 75
Apr 8, 2018
Can't just assume that "caring" automatically translates to "winning". The women's team also seems to do just fine; has more to do with coaching and development.
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level 60
Apr 21, 2018
"Caring" has so little to do with it; it's all about infrastructure for talent and development. I can assure you that millions of Ukrainians care deeply about soccer, but Ukraine lacks the infrastructure to train talent from an early age that Germany has, which is why Germany has 4 titles and Ukraine has none.
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level 73
Jun 13, 2018
Haha.. it's funny (yet predictable) how histrionic the replies are here. And how much they miss the point. The US has plenty of talent, infrastructure, and capacity to develop athletic ability. But they channel that towards American football, basketball, and baseball. In the USA soccer is a sport for girls and small children. For evidence see the US women's team: the most dominant squad to ever play the game, male or female. And that's even given that Americans still don't care about women's soccer.
Caring about a sport matters a lot. Compare the number of world class Cricket players from India to the number of champion sumo wrestlers that country produces. Of course it matters. Infrastructure matters, too. And natural ability, as well. Americans have plenty of the last two. When it comes to soccer they only lack the first thing.
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level 72
Jun 13, 2018
Where's the histrionics kal? Are you being a bigot again?
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level 73
Jun 13, 2018
Not that I'm aware of. If people weren't responding to this comment from a place of emotion they would read it, think about it for a second, and have to admit that in all probability Sailor is exactly right. Instead they feign laughter, call "BS," or click "like" on comments that do. Because this assuages the pain they feel when their prejudices are challenged.
Histrionics might have been too strong a word. I'll admit that. Will you admit that if anyone's being a bigot above it's not me but those I'm responding to? Probably not.
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level 72
Jun 13, 2018
American sports are getting bigger over here all the time, in a few years there's likely to be a permanent NFL team based in London. 99 people out of 100 wouldn't know the rules here, but 90,000 people regularly pack Wembley stadium to watch a 'sport that the US rule'. It's a ludicrous statement based on nothing but some perceived prejudice which doesn't exist on this thread, much like on the other threads where we've had this meandering conversation.
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level 73
Jun 14, 2018
Old Sailor basically said this:

A country with a strong history of athletics (2520 Summer Olympic medals won vs. Russia's 1865, for example), with a very large population (3rd largest in the world), a very large economy (largest in the world), would conceivably perform well at a sport that they cared about, as they do at basketball (23 Olympic golds, Argentina has 1, every other extant country has 0).

This statement SHOULD be so patently obvious that the ONLY reasonable response would be to nod in agreement. Like when someone remarks "hey, it's raining," and it is.

Instead... we get "hahahaha, what a load of BS..." currently with 14 likes.

You should be embarrassed about this. The person making that statement and those liking it are so incredibly insecure that they have to cling to the notion that somehow the fact that they perform better at a sport that another country doesn't care about is some inherent genetic or cultural superiority.
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level 73
Jun 14, 2018
If someone from China or Russia or Germany or Brazil made the statement: "the reason that American teams win so many superbowls is because nobody outside of the US cares about American football"

and then some American responded with "hahahaha. What a load of BS."

I would be calling out that American for being ignorant, as well. Though I can't see an American making such a statement. They don't need to cling to their superiority in a sport that only they care about as a way of shoring up their own ego, and they don't hate any countries out there so passionately that they feel the compulsion to deny any seemingly positive statement made about those countries. The response here is just proving Sailor's 2nd point.
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level 44
Jun 14, 2018
No you're wrong kalbahamut. The most problem is that the US decided to invest money in national sports (except the Basketball) so the best in sport tended to go to these ones. Now it is too late. China try to invest in football but the best players want to stay in Europe, they only go to China, the USA or Qatar for getting money in retirement… It is really too late for the USA to become a big nation in football. At least before a century...
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level 72
Jun 14, 2018
He suggested everyone would have to hate their favourite sport because America would be better at it than they are. You're off your head kal, eloquent, but prone to completely missing the point.
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level 72
Jun 14, 2018
So, to clarify, nobody is disputing that the US (should they out their minds to it) could be the best team in the world, what I suspect our man thought was BS was that the suggestion that the whole world would have to stop liking their favourite sport because America happened to be the best at it.
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level 58
Jun 13, 2018
Someone has a superiority complex...
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level 73
Jun 14, 2018
Yes. Those responding to this comment with anything other than "you're right" obviously do.
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level 30
Jun 13, 2018
That's funny coz the US football team is trash
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level 73
Jun 14, 2018
Do you understand what a hypothetical is?
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level 44
Jun 15, 2018
Nobdy watches women's or Olympic football (since 1928).
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level 49
Aug 25, 2018
Doubt it. Very few large countries are amazing at football. Canada, USA, Russia, China, India etc. The best countries in the world are generally the European countries (Germany, France, Spain, Portugal etc.) or the South American countries (Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina etc.) Football is about teamwork and skill. Not just how much money you can throw into it. Also, the reason that the USA has so many golds in baseball IS because very few countries play it professionally at a high level. Doesn't matter how 'ignorant' that sounds. It is the truth at the end of the day... Typical American. Assumes the USA would be on top if they tried xD
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level 79
Nov 22, 2017
Not too hard right after the WC flags quiz.
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level 43
Dec 2, 2017
Update to put the groups please
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level 43
Dec 3, 2017
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level 40
Dec 17, 2017
I think Belgium, Brazil, or France will win. Embarrassing that the US couldn't qualify. Everybody watches or plays soccer, and the women have won three times.
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level 75
Apr 8, 2018
"Everybody watches or plays soccer" is the farthest thing from the truth in the US. Is it growing? Yes, of course. But far from the dominant sport as it is in so many other places, and probably never will be. Agreed that the US should be embarrassed to not qualify.
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level 16
Jun 13, 2018
and spain?!?!??!?
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level 43
Jan 4, 2018
Pretty easy for me since I'm a soccer nerd
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level 68
Jun 4, 2018
Great quiz! Hopefully this tournament will have lots of goals and not so much violence...
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level 69
Jun 13, 2018
It's soccer. Most games will end 0-0, 1-1 or 1-0. 89 minutes of boredom and then 1 minute of excitement. There will not be much violence, but there will be a lot of players rolling around on the ground after pretending to be hit, until the other team is penalized, and then they will get up and continue playing without an injury.
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level 44
Jun 15, 2018
Stop whining, Canada will play in 2026. Not that they'd qualify any other way besides hosting it...
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level 44
Jul 19, 2018
Great prediction on the goal statistics btw.
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level 48
Jun 8, 2018
Whoops, accidentally typed Italy.........
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level 73
Jun 13, 2018
I've been telling people for YEARS that Iceland is better at football than Italy! Finally! Sweet vindication! Suck it Italy!!
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level 72
Jun 13, 2018
Pound for pound they're probably the best in the world.. I live in a small city, there's still more people here than the whole of Iceland.
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level 50
Jun 14, 2018
You've been wrong for years then.
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level 73
Jun 14, 2018
And you might want to get checked for Asperger's. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humour
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level 35
Jun 15, 2018
ARGENTINA FOR THE WIN !!! VAMOS
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level 44
Jul 19, 2018
RIP
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level 58
Jun 28, 2018
It's really embarrassing how Germany left the tournament. But hey if the past is any indication it will take 16-24 years after 2014 for us to win another one.
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level 46
Jul 1, 2018
The US team is trash tho...
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level 31
Aug 20, 2018
Nice