Coaches have their say on the World Cup draw

Coaches have their say on the World Cup draw

Coaches have their say on the World Cup draw

NY [U.S.A], December 2 (ANI): Following a long road of qualifying joy and heartache, the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia finally got into "game mode" after the Final Draw in Moscow's Kremlin State Palace.

Five-time victor Brazil, eager to exorcise the demons of 2014 and their 7-1 semi-final humiliation against Germany on home soil, will expect little trouble in progressing from Group E ahead of Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.

Holders Germany will face Mexico, Sweden and South Korea as they try to retain the title for the first time since Brazil in 1962.

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Russian Federation will play Saudi Arabia in the opening game of next year's World Cup, a match between the lowest ranked teams in the FIFA rankings.

"I can not say whether I'm happy or not", Russian Federation coach Stanislav Cherchesov said, after also drawing Egypt and Uruguay.

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France and their potent strike force of Antoine Griezmann and teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe will play Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C.

Spain, the 2010 winners, will meet Iberian rivals Portugal as well as Morocco and Iran in Group B following the ceremony that was staged at the Kremlin in Moscow.

"They are the champions of Europe, they have fantastic players and we are talking about the highest level", Spain coach Julen Lopetegui told Spanish TV station Cuatro.

The ceremony had Legends of the game representing the eight previous World Cup-winning nations, which included Brazil's Cafu, Italy's Fabio Cannavaro, Uruguay's Diego Forlan, Germany's Miroslav Klose, Argentina's Diego Maradona and Spain's Carles Puyol.

"I don't think there are many other worldwide sports organisations who are doing as many anti-doping tests as football is doing", Infantino told a press conference. "I'm not familiar with any of our group's teams".

Japan face a tough task to finish in the top two of Group H that features Robert Lewandowski's Poland, Senegal and Colombia. But he also conceded: "We just didn't want to get Spain from pot two".

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