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Panama

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Qualification history
Active in qualifying since the road to the 1978 FIFA World Cup Argentina™, Panama have never featured at the showpiece event. However, they have twice reached the fourth and final round of CONCACAF qualification, a six-team group stage known as the Hexagonal. While they were never close to getting to Germany 2006 as they finished bottom of the pile, only an extraordinary home defeat by USA in their last fixture ahead of Brazil 2014 denied them a place in the intercontinental play-off. Panama qualified for their first World Cup with a dramatic 2-1 win over Costa Rica on the final matchday of CONCACAF qualifying for Russia 2018.

The team
Panama possess an experienced squad whose near miss last time out should fill them with the belief that they are capable of booking a berth at Russia 2018. With over 70 international goals between them, Blas Perez and Luis Tejada spearhead a pacy side that have what it takes to trouble the regional and continental powerhouses.

The coach
Appointed in early 2014, Colombian Hernan Dario Gomez is one of the most seasoned coaches on the CONCACAF scene. El Bolillo (The Truncheon), as he is nicknamed, has certainly hit home in World Cup qualifying before: he followed up guiding his native country to France 1998 by leading Ecuador to Korea/Japan 2002, the first time they had graced the tournament. Now he will be hoping to repeat the feat with Panama.

The stat
2 - Panama were beaten 3-2 by USA in their last Brazil 2014 qualifier after conceding two stoppage-time goals which ultimately cost them a spot in the intercontinental play-off.

The former stars
Rommel Fernandez, Jorge Dely Valdes, Julio Dely Valdes

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Argentina

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FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Argentina have participated at 16 FIFA World Cups so far, putting them third on the competition’s all-time appearance list. La Albiceleste have featured at every tournament since Mexico 1970 and graced the inaugural edition at Uruguay 1930, where they finished as runners-up. That was the first of the five Finals Argentina have reached; they were crowned champions as hosts in 1978 and at Mexico 1986, and took the silver medal at Italy 1990 and Brazil 2014, as well as going as far as the Second Round at Spain 1982. Argentina finished third in the CONMEBOL standings for Russia 2018 qualifying, reaching the finals on the final matchday with a 3-1 win in Ecuador.

The team
After losing the Copa America Centenario final in 2016, a new era of rebuilding began for Argentina. Lionel Messi made a brief retirement from the national team, with La Albiceleste undergoing a reconstruction process during its fight for a place at Russia 2018.

The coach
Jorge Sampaoli succeeded Edgardo Bauza as Argentina coach on 1 June 2017 after spending one season in charge of Spanish club Sevilla. Following a modest start to his coaching career with various clubs in Peru, Ecuador, and Chile, he made a name for himself as coach of the Chilean national team, guiding them to the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™. A year later, Sampaoli led La Roja to their first major honour when they claimed the Copa America title on home soil.

The stat
42 – The total number of World Cup victories Argentina have recorded, putting them fourth in the all-time list behind Brazil (70 wins), Germany (66) and Italy (45).

The former stars
Guillermo Stabile, Daniel Passarella, Mario Kempes, Ubaldo Fillol, Diego Maradona, Oscar Ruggeri, Jorge Burruchaga, Gabriel Batistuta, Diego Simeone, Javier Zanetti, Roberto Ayala, Hernan Crespo, Juan Riquelme

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Columbia

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FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Colombia’s maiden FIFA World Cup™ appearance was at Chile 1962, but it was not until the 1990s that they truly made their mark on the international stage. A golden generation spearheaded by Carlos Valderrama qualified for three consecutive finals: Italy 1990, USA 1994 and France 1998, although they only progressed beyond the group stage at the former. It was another 16 years before Colombia graced the tournament again, going further than ever before by reaching the quarter-finals at Brazil 2014. Colombia finished fourth in the CONMEBOL standings for Russia 2018 qualifying after reaching the tournament on the final matchday with a 1-1 draw in Peru.

The team
James Rodriguez is the figurehead of a side filled with young, talented players who ply their trade in some of the world’s biggest leagues. Under the guidance of coach Jose Pekerman, Colombia have become a compact and balanced outfit that attack as a team but are also solid at the back. Following their outstanding efforts at Brazil 2014, Colombia are one of the favourites to reach Russia 2018.

The coach
Pekerman is credited with playing a lead role in reinvigorating the Colombian national team. The Argentinian has been in charge since the start of 2012 and not only took them back to the World Cup after a lengthy absence, but helped them rediscover the identity and playing style that made them famous. Pekerman also enjoyed success on the touchline with Argentina, both at youth level and with the senior side, whom he guided to the quarter-finals at Germany 2006.

The stat
5 – The number of World Cups Colombia have reached so far, putting them fifth in South America’s all-time appearance list behind Brazil (20), Argentina (16), Uruguay (12) and Paraguay (eight).

The former stars
Willington Ortiz, Arnoldo Iguaran, Rene Higuita, Andres Escobar, Carlos Valderrama, Leonel Alvarez, Victor Hugo Aristizabal, Freddy Rincon, Oscar Cordoba, Adolfo Valencia, Mauricio Serna, Faustino Asprilla, Faryd Mondragon

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Uruguay

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FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Uruguay have a proud history at FIFA's flagship event. Victorious at the inaugural World Cup in 1930, a tournament they hosted, La Celeste collected their second world title 20 years later in Brazil, a triumph sealed by El Maracanazo, their momentous defeat of the hosts in the final game of the competition. They remained in the elite until Mexico 1970, since when they have missed out on qualification on four occasions (Argentina 1978, Spain 1982, USA 1994 and France 1998). Present at 12 world finals in all, Uruguay enjoyed a long-awaited return to prominence at South Africa 2010, where they took fourth place. Uruguay finished second in the CONMEBOL standings for Russia 2018 qualifying after reaching the finals on the final matchday with a 4-2 win over Bolivia.

The team
La Celeste are going through something of a transitional phase, as the veterans of the South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014 campaigns begin to make way for a new generation of players emerging from the country’s youth sides. The team’s figurehead is Luis Suarez, who top-scored in the last South American preliminaries with 11 goals and whose recent exploits in front of goal are firing Uruguayan hopes of landing a place at Russia 2018. With another fine striker alongside him in Edinson Cavani, Los Charrúas possess a sharp cutting edge up front, one that could see them improve on a run of four consecutive fifth-place finishes in the CONMEBOL group.

The coach
Oscar Washington Tabarez is an institution in Uruguayan football, having taken charge of the national team at Italy 1990, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014. Known as El Maestro, Tabarez is an attack-minded coach fabled for his astute tactics and fatherly approach to his players. The mastermind of Uruguay’s 2011 Copa America title win, he also has extensive experience at club level, with Penarol, Boca Juniors and Milan among the sides he has coached.

The stat
51 - The total number of matches Uruguay have played in the world finals, a tally bettered only by Germany with 106, Brazil (104), Italy (83), Argentina (77), England (62), Spain (59), France (59) and Mexico (53).

The former stars
Hector Scarone, Angel Romano, Obdulio Varela, Roque Maspoli, Alcides Ghiggia, Ladislao Mazurkiewicz, Pedro Rocha, Rodolfo Rodriguez, Ruben Sosa, Enzo Francescoli, Alvaro Recoba, Diego Forlan