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Group H: Poland (UEFA), Senegal (CAF), Colombia (CONMEBOL), and Japan (AFC).
Group G: Belgium (UEFA), Panama (CONCACAF), Tunisia (CAF), and England (UEFA)
Group F: Germany arrives in Russia looking to be the first back-to-back champion since 1962. And while history is not on their side, the Germans remain the #1 ranked team heading in. Joining them in Group F is a consistent Mexican side and sneaky good Sweden and South Korea.
Group E: Any group with Brazil in it is going to have a clear favourite, but with the depth of Group E there is really no clear advantage for the second remaining spot. The size and strength of the Serbs could be an advantage but the speedy Swiss and Costa Ricans could ultimately see them through.
Group D: Group D may not be officially named the Group of Death, but there’s really no cake-walks here either. Argentina will serve as the favourites but any of the other three teams could advance, or ruin Argentina’s hopes.
Group C: No team has more firepower than the French in Group C and they will enter as favourites to advance. The second spot, however, will be tightly contested between the rapidly rising Peruvians and Danes while the Aussie’s have been spoilers in the past and should not be overlooked.
Group B: Headlined by the two Iberian powerhouses, Portugal and Spain, Group B has no shortage of skill and will prove to be very difficult for the Moroccans and Iranians to advance so long as the two European nations don’t beat each other up too badly.