Host Russia goes into World Cup as lowest ranked team

The most astonishing shock results in the history of the World Cup

Russian Federation is "100 percent ready" to host the World Cup, FIFA president Gianni Infantino said on Wednesday as he addressed concerns about racism, human rights and security in the host country a week before the tournament begins. The men's tournament is played every four years and has been since 1930 with two exceptions: It was not played in 1942 and 1946 due to World War II.

To continue building toward June 14, the date of the opening bout between hosts Russian Federation and Saudi Arabia, we're presenting the first edition of our World Cup 100, a ranking of the best players heading to the finals in each position. France are in 7th while Spain rank tenth.

If the Socceroos are to qualify for the round of 16, Mourinho has forecast they will play two-time World Cup winners Argentina, the team he thinks will sit atop Group D.

The African teams will be seeking to reach the semi-final stage for the very first time in the competition's history.

Russia's opponent on the opening day, Saudi Arabia are likely to be the whipping boys of Group A.

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Turkey, who did not qualify for the World Cup finals, almost added a second goal in the 79th minute when Malli's shot floated just over the crossbar.

Brazil went on to the third place game and lost 0-3 to the Netherlands. The Iranians have been paired in group B with Spain, Portugal and Morocco, but their preparations have been blighted by logistical problems.

"I believe our team is moving in the right direction", he added. They will also be hoping to progress as far as possible in the tournament to land as much of its lucrative prize money as possible.

But as a "surprise", considering the strength of Peru and Denmark, the "Special One" believes the Socceroos have what it takes to continue their campaign beyond the group matches. A clash between the two sides will no doubt be an interesting one, and there are certainly parallels to be drawn between both teams. This season, superstar attackers Luis Suarez and Edison Cavani have a combined 89 goals.

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