The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia June 14- July 15,2018 will be the 21st edition
FIFA World Cup Winners from 1930 to 2014
|2014||Brazil||Germany||Germany beat Argentina 1-0|
|2010||South Africa||Spain||Spain 1-0 Netherlands|
|2006||Germany||Italy||Italy 1-1 (5-3) France|
|2002||Japan / S. Korea||Brazil||Brazil 2-0 Germany|
|1998||France||France||France 3-0 Brazil|
|1994||US||Brazil||Brazil 3-2 Italy|
|1990||Italy||Germany||Germany 1-0 Argentina|
|1986||Mexico||Argentina||Argentina 3-2 Germany|
|1982||Spain||Italy||Italy 3-1 Germany|
|1978||Argentina||Argentina||Argentina 3-1 Holland|
|1974||Germany||Germany||Germany 2-1 Holland|
|1970||Mexico||Brazil||Brazil 4-1 Italy|
|1966||England||England||England 4-2 Germany|
|1962||Chile||Brazil||Brazil 3-1 Czechoslovakia|
|1958||Sweden||Brazil||Brazil 5-2 Sweden|
|1954||Switzerland||Germany||Germany 3-2 Hungary|
|1950||Brazil||Uruguay||Uruguay 2-1 Brazil|
|1938||France||Italy||Italy 4-2 Hungary|
|1934||Italy||Italy||Italy 2-1 Czechoslovakia|
|1930||Uruguay||Uruguay||Uruguay 4-2 Argentina|
This will be the first World Cup held in Europe since the 2006 FIFA WC held in Germany,the first ever to be held in Eastern Europe and the 11th time that it has been held in Europe.
2018 FIFA World Cup tournament will involve 32 national teams, which include 31 teams determined through Qualifying Competitions and the automatically qualified Host Team - Russia
Of the 32 teams, 20 will be making back-to-back appearances following the last tournament in 2014, including defending champions Germany
Iceland and Panama will both be making their first appearances at the 2018 FIFA WC in Russia.
A total of 64 matches will be played in 12 venues located in 11 cities
2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia June 14-July 15,2018 - Match Results
Match 01 Group A Hosts Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0
Match 02 Group A Urugua beat Egypt 1-0
Match 03 Group B Iran beat Morocco 1-0
Match 04 Group B Portugal Vs Spain - Match ended in a 3-3 draw
Match 05 Group C France beat Australia 2-1
Match 06 Group D Argentina Vs Iceland - Match ended in a 1-1 draw
Match 07 Group C Denmark beat Peru 1-0
Match 08 Group D Croatia beat Nigeria 2-0
Match 09 Group E Serbia beat Cost Rica 1-0
Match 10 Group F Mexico beat Germany 1-0
Match 11 Group E Switzerland drew with Brazil 1-1
No. of matches played (number): 104
No. of matches won: 70
No. of matches lost: 17
No. of times lost in finals (Number): 7
No. of times world cup won (number): 5
No. of goals scored in WC: 221
Top 3 players to watch: Thiago Silva, Neymar or Marcelo, Joao Mirandanda
Road to WC (text): Brazil defeated Paraguay 3-0 and confidently booked their place to Russia.
Player who has played most world cups (appearances): Cafu: 4
Player who has scored most no. of goals (Player:No. of goals): Ronaldo: 15
No. of matches played (number): 33
No. of matches won: 9
No. of matches lost: 15
No. of times lost in finals (Number): 0
No. of times world cup won (number): 0
No. of goals scored in WC: 45
Top 3 players to watch: Valon Behrami, Xherdan Shaqiri, Haris Seferovic
Road to WC (text): Won 9 games out of 10 in first round in UEFA qualification. In the playoffs, a goal-less second leg draw against Northern Ireland secured their World Cup spot.
Player who has played most world cups (appearances): Johan Djourou, Gokhan Inler, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Diego Benaglio:11
Player who has scored most no. of goals (Player:No. of goals): Sepp Huegi:6
Match 11 Group E Brazil Vs Switzerland - Match Preview
The two nations have faced each other eight times. Brazil have won three games, with three draws and Switzerland winning twice
- Brazil has won 16 of its last 18 opening games at the World Cup (D2). The last time it lost an opener in the tournament was in 1934 against Spain (1-3).
- Switzerland won all but one of its games in the regular qualifying phase for Russia 2018 (W9 L1), the only exception coming at European champions Portugal.
- Xherdan Shaqiri has been directly involved in five of Switzerland's last six goals at major tournaments (four goals, one assist). He is also the last player to score a hat trick at the World Cup, against Honduras on June 25, 2014.
- Neymar was involved in five of Brazil's 11 goals at the last World Cup (four goals, one assist). He also played a part in more goals than any other player in the CONMEBOL qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup, with six goals and eight assists.
Match 11 Group E Switzerland drew with Brazil 1-1
Brazil's bid for a sixth World Cup got off to a slow start as Switzerland withstood an early onslaught to snatch a 1-1 draw in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday.
On the day when holders Germany were shocked 1-0 by Mexico, Brazil's tag as pre-tournament favourites looked justified in a dominant first-half capped by Philippe Coutinho's wonder strike to open the scoring.
However, Brazil paid for their failure to kill the game off when Steven Zuber powered home an equaliser from Xherdan Shaqiri's corner five minutes after the break.
The pressure will now be on Brazil to kickstart their campaign when they face Costa Rica on Friday.
Earlier, Serbia beat Los Ticos 1-0 to move to the top of Group F.
Coutinho had been handed a central role behind Neymar, on his first competitive game for four months, Gabriel Jesus and Willian in a line-up filled with attacking intent from coach Tite.
The five-time world champions went about their task of erasing the memories of a 7-1 thrashing by Germany on home soil four years ago purposefully early on.
Paulinho passed up a glorious chance when his scuffed effort from close range was turned behind by Yann Sommer.
It seemed a matter of time before Brazil's pressure paid dividends and the opener arrived in stunning style on 20 minutes.
Barcelona's record signing picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area and in trademark fashion bent the ball crashing in off Sommer's far post.
Neymar looked bright despite his lack of match practice as he teased the Swiss defence provoking yellow cards for Stephan Lichtsteiner, Fabian Schar and Valon Behrami.
However, Brazil failed to build on their lead as Thiago Silva and Jesus headed off target from dangerous corners and were made to pay early in the second-half.
Switzerland had offered barely any attacking threat before levelling when Zuber took advantage of a gaping hole in the heart of the Brazilian defence to head home Shaqiri's corner.
Forced back onto the front foot, Brazil turned to Neymar for a moment of inspiration but he could only blast into the side-netting before Coutinho sliced wide with a much simpler opportunity than the one from which he opened the scoring.
Brazil were unhappy that Zuber wasn't penalised for a slight push on Miranda for the equaliser and felt hard done by again when Jesus tumbled under a challenge from Manuel Akanji inside the area with Mexican referee Cesar Ramos unmoved.
Tite's men ended as they had begun with a series of chances for a late winner as Neymar and Roberto Firmino headed straight at Sommer before Miranda dragged a shot inches wide.
And deep into stoppage time Schar's outstretched leg turned a goalbound effort from Silva wide as Switzerland held out for a vital point
- Switzerland have lost only one of their last 23 matches (W16 D6), a 2-0 defeat to Portugal in October 2017.
- Brazil have failed to win any of their last three World Cup matches (D1 L2), their worst winless run since June 1978, when they went four games without a win.
- Switzerland haven't lost their opening World Cup match in any of their last five tournaments (W2 D3).
- Five of Philippe Coutinho's 11 goals for Brazil has been from outside the box.
- Since 1966, Brazil have scored 37 goals from outside the box at the World Cup - 11 more than any other team.
- Steven Zuber has been involved in six goals in his last six international starts for Switzerland (four goals, two assists) and scored their equaliser against Brazil.
- Brazil have conceded 10 goals from the last 13 shots on target they have faced at the World Cup.
- Valon Behrami became the first Swiss player to appear in four different World Cup finals - he also appeared in 2006, 2010 and 2014.