2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Hosts
Previous appearances in tournament: 0 (debut)
Qualified on 2 December 2010
Russia qualified for three FIFA World Cups™ (1994 FIFA World Cup USA™, 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™), and they have automatically qualified for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ as hosts. They have also qualified for five European Championships (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016). The Russian national team's official shirt supplier since 2008 is Adidas.
  • Nickname(s):Bears, Golden Eagles, Red Army
  • Confederation:UEFA
  • Association:Russian Football Union (RFS)
  • Head coach:Stanislav Cherchesov
  • Captain:Vasili Berezutski
  • Most caps:Sergei Ignashevich (120)
  • Top scorer:Aleksandr Kerzhakov (30)
  • Home stadium:Otkrytie Arena, Lokomotiv Stadium, Petrovsky, Luzhniki


2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ winners
Previous appearances in tournament: 2 (1999, 2005)
Qualified on 13 July 2014
The Germany national football team is the men's football team that has represented Germany in international competition since 1908. Germany is one of the most successful national teams in international competitions, having won a total of four FIFA World Cup™ (1954 FIFA World Cup Switzerland™, 1974 FIFA World Cup Germany™, 1990 FIFA World Cup Italy™, 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™) and three European Championships (1972, 1980, 1996). They have also been runners-up three times in the European Championships, four times in the FIFA World Cup™, and a further four third-place finishes at FIFA World Cup™. East Germany won Olympic Gold in 1976. Germany is the only nation to have won both FIFA World Cup™ and FIFA Womens World Cup. At the end of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™, Germany earned the highest Elo rating of any national football team in history, with a record 2200 points. Germany is also the only European nation that has won in the Americas. Germany has won the FIFA World Cup™ four times, behind only Brazil (five titles).
  • Nickname(s):Nationalelf (national eleven), DFB-Elf (DFB Eleven), Die Mannschaft (The Team)
  • Confederation:UEFA (Europe)
  • Association:German Football Association (Deutscher Fußball-Bund – DFB)
  • Head coach:Joachim Löw
  • Captain:Manuel Neuer
  • Most caps:Lothar Matthäus (150)
  • Top scorer:Miroslav Klose (71)


2015 AFC Asian Cup winners
Previous appearances in tournament: 3 (1997, 2001, 2005)
Qualified on 31 January 2015
Australia is the only national team to have been a champion of two confederations, having won the OFC Nations Cup four times between 1980 and 2004, as well as the AFC Asian Cup at the 2015 event on home soil. The team has represented Australia at the 1974 FIFA World Cup Germany™, 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ and 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. The team has also represented Australia at the FIFA Confederations Cup three times.
  • Nickname(s):Socceroos
  • Confederation:AFC (Asia)
  • Association:Football Federation Australia
  • Head coach:Ange Postecoglou
  • Captain:Mile Jedinak
  • Most caps:Mark Schwarzer (109)
  • Top scorer:Tim Cahill (48)


2015 Copa América winners
Previous appearances in tournament: 0 (debut)
Qualified on 4 July 2015
The Chile national football team represents Chile in all major international football competitions and is controlled by the Federación de Fútbol de Chile which was established in 1895. The team is commonly referred to as La Roja ("The Red One"). They have appeared in nine FIFA World Cup™ tournaments and were hosts of the 1962 FIFA World Cup Chile™ where they finished in third place, the highest position the country has ever achieved in the FIFA World Cup™. Since the mid to late 1960s, the Elo ratings ranks Chile among the 25 strongest football teams in the world. Chile are the reigning Copa América champions; after winning 2015 Copa América on home soil, it successfully defended their title in the United States in the Copa América Centenario in 2016. Prior to this, Chile had been runners-up in the competition on four occasions. As a result of winning the 2015 Copa América, they qualified for the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.
  • Nickname(s):La Roja (The Red One)
  • Confederation:CONMEBOL (South America)
  • Association:Federación de Fútbol de Chile (FFCH)
  • Head coach:Juan Antonio Pizzi
  • Captain:Claudio Bravo
  • Most caps:Claudio Bravo (108)
  • Top scorer:Marcelo Salas (37)
  • Home stadium:Estadio Nacional


2015 CONCACAF Cup winners
Previous appearances in tournament: 6 (1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2013)
Qualified on 11 October 2015
Mexico has qualified to fifteen FIFA World Cup™ and has qualified consecutively since 1994, making it one of six countries to do so. The Mexico national team, along with Brazil and Germany, are the only nations to make it out of the group stage over the last six FIFA World Cup™. Mexico played France in the very first match of the first 1930 FIFA World Cup Uruguay™. Mexico's best progression in FIFA World Cup™ has been reaching the quarter-finals in both the 1970 FIFA World Cup Mexico™ and 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™, both of which were staged on Mexican soil. Mexico is historically the most successful national team in the CONCACAF region, having won ten confederation titles, including seven CONCACAF Gold Cups and three CONCACAF Championships (the precursor to the Gold Cup), as well as three NAFC Championships, one North American Nations Cup, and one CONCACAF Cup. Mexico is the only team from CONCACAF to have won an official FIFA competition, winning the FIFA Confederations Cup 1999. Although Mexico is under the jurisdiction of CONCACAF, the national team has been regularly invited to compete in the Copa América since 1993, finishing runner-up twice – in 1993 and 2001 – and obtaining the third-place medal on three occasions.
  • Nickname(s):El Tri (The Tri), El Tricolor (The Tricolor)
  • Confederation:CONCACAF
  • Association:Federación Mexicana de Fútbol (FMF)
  • Head coach:Juan Carlos Osorio
  • Captain:Rafael Márquez
  • Most caps:Claudio Suárez (177)
  • Top scorer:Jared Borgetti (46) (30)
  • Home stadium:Estadio Azteca

New Zealand

2016 OFC Nations Cup winners
Previous appearances in tournament: 3 (1999, 2003, 2009)
Qualified on 11 June 2016
New Zealand is a five-time OFC champion. The team represented New Zealand at the 1982 FIFA World Cup Spain™ and 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ tournaments, and the FIFA Confederations Cup tournaments in 1999, 2003 and 2009. Because most New Zealand football clubs are semi-professional rather than fully professional, most top New Zealand footballers play abroad for clubs in Europe, the United States, Canada and in the Australian A-League.
  • Nickname(s):All Whites
  • Confederation:OFC (Oceania)
  • Association:New Zealand Football (NZF)
  • Head coach:Anthony Hudson
  • Captain:Winston Reid
  • Most caps:Ivan Vicelich (88)
  • Top scorer:Vaughan Coveny (28)
  • Home stadium:Westpac Stadium


UEFA Euro 2016 winners
Previous appearances in tournament: 0 (debut)
Qualified on 10 July 2016
Portugal's first participation in a major tournament finals, at the 1966 FIFA World Cup England™, saw a team featuring famed striker Eusébio finish in third place. The next two times Portugal qualified for the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico™ and 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, going out in the first round both times. Portugal also made it to the semi-finals of the UEFA Euro 1984 final tournament, losing 3–2 after extra time to the hosts and eventual winners France. The team reached the semi-finals of Euro 2000, the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™ and Euro 2012, as well as the final of Euro 2004, the latter on home soil. At Euro 2016, Portugal won its first ever major trophy, defeating hosts France 1–0 after extra time, with the winning goal scored by Éder. With the win, Portugal qualified and will make its first appearance in the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017.
  • Nickname(s):A Seleção, A Seleção das Quinas
  • Confederation:UEFA (Europe)
  • Association:Portuguese Football Federation (FPF)
  • Head coach:Fernando Santos
  • Captain:Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Most caps:Cristiano Ronaldo (135)
  • Top scorer:Cristiano Ronaldo (66)
  • Home stadium:Estádio Nacional


Previous appearances in tournament: 2 (2001, 2003)
Qualified on 5 February 2017
The Cameroon national football team, nicknamed in French Les Lions Indomptables (The Indomitable Lions or Untameable Lions), is the national team of Cameroon. It is controlled by the Fédération Camerounaise de Football and has qualified seven times for the FIFA World Cup™, more than any other African team (in 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014). However, the team has only made it once out of the group stage. They were the first African team to reach the quarter-final of the 1990 FIFA World Cup™, losing to England in extra time. They have also won five Africa Cup of Nations titles.
  • Nickname(s):Les Lions Indomptables (The Indomitable Lions)
  • Confederation:CAF (Africa)
  • Association:Fédération Camerounaise de Football
  • Head coach:Hugo Broos
  • Captain:Benjamin Moukandjo
  • Most caps:Rigobert Song (137)
  • Top scorer:Samuel Eto'o (56)
  • Home stadium:Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo
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