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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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« Odgovori #21 : 11.10.2017, 09:09 »


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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« Odgovori #22 : 11.10.2017, 09:10 »


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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« Odgovori #23 : 11.10.2017, 09:11 »


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

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Senegal

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FIFA World Cup™ finals history
The 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan remains a high water mark for Senegalese football. Qualifying for the tournament for the first time at the expense of African heavyweights such as Morocco, Egypt and Algeria was already viewed as a considerable achievement, but their subsequent run to the quarter-finals exceeded the expectations of all but the most fervent Senegalese supporters. After upsetting holders France (1-0) in the opening match, the Lions of Teranga drew 1-1 and 3-3 with Denmark and Uruguay respectively to advance to the Round of 16. Bruno Metsu’s men then defeated Sweden (2-1) to set up a quarter-final clash with Turkey, in which they lost out to an extra-time golden goal. Aliou Cisse, their captain in Korea/Japan, stepped into the dugout to guide the side back to the global finals for the first time since their debut, by successfully navigating Africa's Group D in qualifying for Russia 2018.

The team
Senegal have never come close to emulating their 2002 exploits, going on disappointing runs that have been interspersed by the occasional strong performance. Since 2008, they have alternated between failing to qualify for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations and suffering early exits from the continental showpiece. It is not talent that they lack, with the majority of their stars performing in major European leagues. Their creditable qualifying campaign for Brazil 2014, which culminated in a third-round defeat by Côte d'Ivoire, does at least provide solid foundations on which to build ahead of Russia 2018.

The coach
Appointed directly after Senegal were eliminated from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, Aliou Cisse, who captained the prodigious side that took the 2002 World Cup by storm, will likely put the high esteem in which he is held to good use, as he attempts to recover the style of play and cohesion that the Africans were known for in the past.

The stat
99 – Between 1999 and 2008, Senegalese attacker Henri Camara amassed 99 caps for the Lions of Teranga, scoring 29 times, including the golden goal against Sweden which sent them into the quarter-finals of Korea/Japan 2002.

The former stars
Jules Bocande, Khalilou Fadiga, El Hadji Diouf, Henri Camara, Roger Mendy, Tony Sylva

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Croatia

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FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Croatia reached the semi-finals at their maiden FIFA World Cup in 1998, recording victories over Romania and Germany, among others, en route to the last four, where they were defeated 2-1 by hosts and eventual champions France. They even managed to beat the Netherlands to the bronze medal, winning 2-1 in the Play-off for Third Place. However, Croatia have not been able to repeat such feats at subsequent tournaments, and failed to progress beyond the group stage at Korea/Japan 2002, Germany 2006 and Brazil 2014, while they did not even qualify for South Africa 2010.

The team
Croatia may not have enjoyed much success recently, but they are still capable of competing with the world’s biggest teams. The side has no shortage of creative talents led by captain Luka Modric and fellow playmaker Ivan Rakitic. Furthermore, national team coach Zlatko Dalic has several top-class players at his disposal in attack, including Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic.

The coach
Zlatko Dalic replaced Ante Cacic after their penultimate Group I match against Finland ended in a 1-1 draw. Dalic most recently coached UAE club Al-Ain, who he led to the AFC Champions League final last year.

The stat
7 – Croatia have an evenly balanced World Cup record, having won seven and lost seven of their 16 finals matches.

The former stars
Davor Suker, Zvonimir Boban, Robert Prosinecki, Dario Simic, Niko Kovac, Robert Kovac
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Switzerland

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FIFA World Cup™ finals history
So far Switzerland have taken part in ten FIFA World Cups: in 1934, 1938, 1950, 1954, 1962, 1966, 1994, 2006, 2010 and 2014. They have reached the quarter-finals on three occasions, although the last time they did so was over 60 years ago, as hosts of the 1954 tournament. Since then Switzerland have been knocked out at the group stage three times and have reached the Round of 16 a further three times: in 1994, 2006 and at Brazil 2014. At the latter edition they faced Germany’s eventual Final opponents Argentina, but lost 1-0 after extra time. At South Africa 2010, Switzerland recorded a sensational 1-0 victory over Spain in their opening fixture, but while the Spaniards went on to win the tournament, Switzerland failed to progress to the knockout rounds.

The team
Switzerland have established themselves as one of the world’s top sides. In 2009 they won the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria and now several members of that side, such as Granit Xhaka and Ricardo Rodriguez, are hitting their prime and are mainstays in the senior team. Furthermore, Kosovo native Xherdan Shaqiri has become pivotal in midfield, and despite his young age he has already won numerous league titles as well as the UEFA Champions League. Many of the Nati’s players lace their boots at top European teams, including experienced trio Tranquillo Barnetta, Gokhan Inler and Stephan Lichtsteiner, who help complement their younger colleagues.

The coach
Vladimir Petkovic is a man of many talents. Not only does he help footballers, he also once worked for Caritas Ticino, an organisation that supports welfare recipients and the unemployed. As a coach, Petkovic led AC Bellinzona into the Swiss top flight and has also had spells at BSC Young Boys and Turkish first division outfit Samsunspor. He moved to Italian Serie A side Lazio ahead of the 2012/13 campaign, winning the domestic cup in his first season in charge. He became Switzerland coach after Ottmar Hitzfeld’s departure following the 2014 World Cup.

The stat
1905 – The year Switzerland played their first international match, in a fixture against France.

The former stars
Stephane Chapuisat, Alexander Frei, Hakan Yakin, Marco Streller, Ciriaco Sforza, Heinz Hermann, Alain Geiger
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Marocco

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FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Morocco have qualified for the FIFA World Cup on five occasions, with the Atlas Lions securing their spot at Russia 2018 after winning African zone Group C. They made their introduction on the global stage at Mexico 1970. It was to Mexico that they then returned for their second campaign in 1986, when they topped a group featuring England and Portugal before losing 1-0 to West Germany in the Round of 16. The North Africans contested the finals again at USA 1994 and at France 1998.

The team
Absent from the last four World Cups, Morocco have focused on youth and talent-spotting to build their side. Their new approach has already borne fruit, producing a golden generation of talents now at leading clubs, such as Mehdi Benatia, Nabil Dirar, Achraf Lazaar, Youssef El-Arabi, Abderrazak Hamed Allah, Omar El Kaddouri and Nordin Amrabat.

The coach
Despite steering Morocco past Equatorial Guinea in Round 2 of Russia 2018 qualifying, Badou Zaki departed his role as coach by mutual consent in February 2016. Morocco appointed two-time CAF Africa Cup of Nations-winning coach Herve Renard to lead the side, replacing Zaki in the Atlas Lions’ hot-seat. Renard is the first coach to win two Africa Cup of Nations trophies with different countries.​

The stat
12 – The number of goals scored by Morocco in their four World Cup campaigns to date.

The former stars
Ahmed Faras, Abdelmajid Dolmy, Mohamed Timoumi, Aziz Bouderbala, Salaheddine Bassir, Noureddine Naybet

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Tunisia

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FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Tunisia have appeared in four separate editions of the FIFA World Cup, performing on the global stage in 1978, 1998, 2002 and 2006, but they have never advanced beyond the group stage. Indeed, they have posted just one victory at the finals to date, overcoming Mexico 3-1 at Argentina 1978. Despite that record, Tunisia have done much to make Africa proud, not least by becoming the first team from the continent to secure a World Cup win. Their landmark victory also helped increase Africa's quota of World Cup places, which rose from one to two for Spain 1982.

The team
Standards have slipped in the last few years, with Tunisia missing out on South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014, and managing to progress just one round in the 2015 CAF Africa Cup of Nations. The new generation of talents such as Wahbi Khazri, Anis Ben-Hatira, Aymen Abdennour and Ahmed Akaichi will be key for the Carthage Eagles if the nation is to perform well at their fifth World Cup.

The coach
Nabil Maaloul was appointed as head coach of Tunisia in April 2017. He replaced Polish coach Henryk Kasperczak. Maaloul played as a midfielder for the Tunisian national team and participated in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. His coaching CV includes spells with club sides ES Tunis and El Jaish.

The stat
7 – The number of matches Tunisia have lost in their four World Cup campaigns, compared to four draws and their solitary success.

The former stars
Tarak Dhiab, Nabil Maaloul, Hammadi Agrebi, Hedi Berrekhissa, Chokri El Ouaer, Hatem Trabelsi, Ayadi Hamrouni, Zoubaier Baya, Adel Sellimi, Issam Jemaa

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Sweden

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FIFA World Cup™ finals history
Sweden hit their peak at the World Cup back in the 1950s where they finished third in Brazil before getting to the final eight years later as hosts in 1958. Brazil were key in ending their hopes of triumphing at both tournaments and it was the case again in 1994 when they also finished third, losing to A Seleção in the semi-finals. Having reached the Round of 16 in 2002 and 2006 they have missed out narrowly on the last two tournaments, most recently losing in the European play-offs to Portugal.

The team
Head coach Jan Andersson and captain Andreas Granqvist are leading Sweden through a post-Zlatan Ibrahimovic transitional period. The star forward announced his retirement in the summer of 2016, and Andersson has assembled a team that prides itself on being a strong unit. Midfielder Emil Forsberg will look to pull the strings from the midfield, while the Swedes will look to the experienced duo of Marcus Berg and Ola Toivonen for their goals.

The coach
Jan Andersson, a vastly-experienced coach in his homeland with a career spanning three decades, took the reins of the Blagult in 2016. The highlight of his coaching career to date was a surprise Allsvenskan title win in 2015 with IFK Norrkoping, who claimed their first top division title in over 20 years.

The stat
73 – Prior to the 2018 qualifiers, only three teams – Mexico, Netherlands and Costa Rica – have more qualifying wins than Sweden's 73.

The former stars
Henrik Larsson, Thomas Ravelli, Anders Svensson, Sven Rydell, Gunnar Nordahl, Bjorn Nordqvist, Nils Liedholm