WORLD CUP DRAWS IS HERE: A LOOK AT HOW IT WORKS
So the day w have all been waiting for is finally here. All 32 teams that have qualified for the World Cup will discover their group-stage opponents by tomorrow. The Super Eagles of Nigeria are in the mix but who will they be drawn against? is it England? Argentina again? or Maybe even Brazil..
Each team has been placed in one of four pots ahead of the draw in Moscow, but how were the pots decided and how will the draw be made?
How were the pots decided?
The four World Cup pots have been filled depending on each team’s Fifa world ranking as of October this year.
Russia have automatically been placed in pot one as hosts and they’re joined by the top-seven ranked teams in the world including Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland and France.
The next eight top-ranked teams are in pot two, the following eight in pot three and the lowest ranked eight in pot four.
2010 world champions Spain are the top-ranked team in pot two and take their place alongside teams including England, Uruguay and Croatia.
Denmark are the highest-ranked team in pot three after demolishing the Republic of Ireland in their one-sided World Cup play-off.
England’s Euro 2016 conquerors Iceland are also in pot three after beating Croatia to top spot in Group I.
The Nordic nation will be the only country in next year’s tournament with a population of less than one million people.
Serbia, whose star players include Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and Dusan Tadic, are the only non-European team in pot four.
Panama take their place in pot four ahead of what will be their first World Cup appearance in their history.
The Central-American nation booked their place in Russia with an 88th-minute winner over Costa Rica that also denied USA a place in next year’s tournament.
So what Pot is Nigeria in you may ask?
Well Nigeria is in Pot 4. Meaning there is definitely going to be one Top 7 ranked Nation in our group. But that isn’t anything new. As in all of our World cups there has always been one Really Tough Nation in our group, Lets do a little Historical check:
FRANCE 1998—– SPAIN
SOUTH AFRICA 2010—- ARGENTINA
BRAZIL 2014————— ARGENTINA
Nigeria Thrashed Argentina 4-2 in a friendly match in Moscow last Month
So it seems almost like Argentina and Nigeria are sworn World up lovers. We have been to 5 worldcups and have had them in our Group 4 out of those 5 times. Will both Countries be paired yet again for the 5th time ? Surely not..But even if they are ..We have shown that we have the Quality to take them out. As shown in the impressive 4-2 win Last month. Despite that game being just a friendly, Nigeria showed it had matured and can be more than a handfull for just about anyone. So who will it be this time? Host Russia? or Defending Champions Germany?
Time will tell, Good luck to the Super Eagles