Morocco's Benatia looking forward to Fifa World Cup games

Morocco's Benatia looking forward to Fifa World Cup games

The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo's European champions Portugal, while England will face a talented Belgium side at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. Iran were the first team to qualify for the World Cup.

The glitzy draw at the Kremlin on Friday placed Neymar's Brazil in a group including Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia as they seek a sixth title.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos says his team has a hard task ahead since they have been drawn in a deceptive and treacherous group. Harry Kane and his teammates begin their FIFA World Cup 2018 campaign against Tunisia in Volgograd - at a stadium built on one of the main sites of the World War II Battle of Stalingrad - on June 18. The Iranians fans deserve a special World Cup preparation.

Belhanda added; "Playing against big stars like Cristiano Ronaldo and Andres Iniesta is exceptional and it will bring so much happiness to us". "Spain is naturally favorite, as I've always said".

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has a lot of admiration for the three countries his team will face in the group stages of the World Cup.

Mutko was the Minister of Sport between 2008 and 2016 and is the head of Russia's World Cup organizing committee. "I hope they avoid each other because it would probably make a good semi or final".

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With a potent attack featuring teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe and Atletico Madrid hotshot Antoine Griezmann and a midfield stuffed with talent, France should be among the World Cup favourites.

Russian Federation face a host of dangers in Group A in the shape of Uruguay, led by Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani, and Egypt, spearheaded by Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah.

A side that looks like it benefited from an easy group is England, one of only eight countries to have won the World Cup but which bagged its lone title in 1966.

Portugal are the top seeded team in the group by virtue of their Federation Internationale de Football Association ranking, but coach Fernando Santos admitted Spain would be favoured to top the group. "They are the champions of Europe and they have fantastic players", Lopetegui told Spanish TV station Cuatro.

Group H: Poland, Colombia, Senegal and Japan.