Federation Internationale de Football Association confirms 8 top-seeded teams in World Cup draw
17 October, 2017, 00:17 | Author: Felix Jensen
Even Portugal and Argentina aren't the most daunting top seeds-especially the latter, after its qualifying campaign-but nobody wants to gameplan for Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo in a World Cup.
Martin O'Neill's side will be unseeded for tomorrow's draw for the play-offs with confirmation that Switzerland, Italy, Croatia and Denmark are the seeded nations. The seeded teams have been decided by October's FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, published today.
The eight teams qualified for the play-offs are will be divided into two pots.
Wales, who missed out on the World Cup and are trying to convince Chris Coleman to remain as boss, slip to 14th while Scotland, who also failed to qualify and are looking for a replacement for Gordon Strachan, are 29th. The second pot will contain Northern Ireland (23rd), Sweden (25th), Republic of Ireland (26th) and Greece (47th), so Northern Ireland and the Republic can not play each other. Northern Ireland, Sweden and Republic of Ireland will look to change that by winning their playoffs, while Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal and Iran, DR Congo, Australia, Nigeria, Serbia and Japan could all land here, too. Once one ball has been taken from pot one and another from pot two, they will be placed in a central pot, mixed and then drawn one by one.
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The return leg of the play-off for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation will be played at Estadio Nacional de Lima in Peru's capital on November 15.
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