Who Can Still Make the World Cup?

2018 FIFA World Cup Teams qualified so far

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That result, coupled with wins by Panama and Honduras, eliminated the Americans from contention for a spot in the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

The U.S. men's soccer team was eliminated from World Cup qualification Tuesday, a shocking result that could leave sponsors and media partners in the lurch for millions of dollars. Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland are nearly certain to be in pot 3 should they qualify, while Greece would definitely be pot 4.

Hosts Russia have been joined by Brazil, Iran, Japan, Mexico, Belgium, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Germany, England, Spain, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Poland, Egypt, Iceland, Serbia, France, Portugal, Panama, Uruguay, Colombia and Argentina who have all qualified. December 1. The pots are provisional as there are six teams yet to be decided by playoffs, and three African finalists to be confirmed.

For some certain individuals in America, though, the ignominy of missing out on football's central showpiece will be considerably greater than for others.

Many will enjoy the schadenfreude at play here as the network were awarded the 2026 World Cup TV rights without even having to bid for them - a gift from Federation Internationale de Football Association after the broadcast company bent over backwards to help move the 2022 World Cup to the winter despite the bid guidelines clearly stating it would be a summer tournament.

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Either Morocco or Ivory Coast will emerge victorious from Group C. The pair face each other in the final game in Abidjan next month in a "win and you're in" situation. If Tunisia miss out on the finals, then DR Congo would most likely be pot 4.

The draw will take place next week. They advanced from the group stage both times, but they could expect a kinder draw this time. But such is the tight nature of the group, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and South Africa all still have a chance. Slovakia got the short end of the stick by ranking last among the second-place teams in the qualifying groups.

The two remaining spots will be determined in cross continent playoff. After a dramatic finish in South America, it'll be Peru (5th in the group stage) against the winners of the Oceania qualifiers, New Zealand.

Australia confirmed their place as Asia's fifth best team with a playoff win over Syria this week and must contest their intercontinental tie against Honduras from Central/North America.

The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.

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