The Pots for the cup were already announced by Federation Internationale de Football Association prior to the start of the cup where the top 7 ranked teams in the world - Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France(according to the Federation Internationale de Football Association rankings on 16 October 2017) and the hosts Russia were given the 8 seeds for the cup draw, with the A1 position going to the Russians. Subsequently meaning the game that will open the tournament, will be a rather underwhelming one between Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation. Those burdened with the unenviable task of being in the same group as the tournament favourites are, Costa Rica, Switzerland and Serbia, all of which are likely to be fighting it out for second spot in Group E.
Linoel Messi's team Argentina were placed in Group D with, Croatia, Nigeria and newcomers Iceland, who stunned in the European qualifying round.
Being in a group with a much fancied France side desperate to go a step further in this tournament then they did at Euro 2016, means Peru, Denmark and Australia are all destined to be desperately vying to claim second place in Group C.
The 21st FIFA World Cup will be held from June 14 to July 15 in 2018 in 11 cities in Russian Federation.
Group F includes Germany, Mexico, Sweden, and South Korea.
While this group is expected to be a simple race to the top between England and Belgium with both having players like Harry Kane and Kevin De Bruyne respectively, Panama and Tunisia may not really affect the expected results of the group.
IPL franchises allowed to retain up to five players
The decision means CSK can call upon the likes of Dhoni , Suresh Raina and veteran New Zealand star Brendan McCullum. It is learnt that the franchise needs to include a minimum of three Indians among their five retained players.
Amanpour to help fill Charlie Rose gap on PBS
Beginning on Monday in New York, PBS and WNET announced Amanpour on PBS will air at 11 p.m. PBS cut ties with Rose after several women accused him of unwanted sexual advances.
Supreme Court allows Trump's 'travel ban' to enter effect
The court's brief, unsigned orders on Monday urged appeals courts to move swiftly to determine whether the latest ban was lawful. The national ACLU plans to argue at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday that the ban should ultimately be struck down.
Poland, Senegal, Colombia, and Japan will make up Group H.
Former England striker Gary Lineker conducted the final draw together with Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya.
New FIFA President Gianni Infantino is expected for the evening draw at the Grand Kremlin Palace, along with coaches from 30 of the 32 teams that qualified for the competition held every four years. The United States also failed to qualify.
Being barred from the 2018 Winter Olympics would lengthen the shadow hanging over Russian sports and Putin, whose government is accused of having run an elaborate doping system that has tainted the results from the 2014 Sochi Olympics and many other global competitions in recent years.
When the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicks-off, FIFA staff will be relying on the special edition Vivo handset to help deliver the most anticipated football event in the world.
In his remarks on December 1, Putin did not comment on the doping scandals facing his country.