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    Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino, as well as football stars, including Diego Maradona, attended the event. The Group B has already been dubbed the "group of death."

    Thirty-two participants of the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup have been divided into eight groups, with Russia, as the host country, heading Group A, at the draw for the final stage of the championship held on December 1 at the Kremlin.

    Commenting on Russia's preparations for the main event in the football world, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said earlier in the day that he expects the 2018 World Cup to be "best ever."

    Russia will host the FIFA World Cup for the first time from June 14 — July 15, 2018, with the games set to take place in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saransk, Rostov-on-Don, Yekaterinburg and Sochi.

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    • 18:59

      Group B Dubbed "Group of Death"

      Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Iran have been drawn as the four teams in the group

    • 18:58

      Groups of the rest 2018 FIFA Cup participants announced

      Morocco - Group B

      Australia - Group C

      Nigeria - Group D

      Serbia - Group E

      South Korea - Group F

      Tunisia - Group G

      Japan - Group H

    • 18:52

      Saudi Arabia to play opening match with Russia in Moscow

      Saudi Arabia are drawn as the fourth team in Group A.

      Russia will face Egypt and Uruguay in the second and third rounds of the qualifiers.

    • 18:51

      Countries in the third pot

      Egypt - Group A
      Iran - Group B
      Denmark - Group C
      Iceland - Group D
      Costa Rica - Group E
      Sweden - Group F
      Tunisia - Group G
      Senegal - Group H

    • 18:45

      Colombia are drawn as second team in Group H

    • 18:44

      England - Group G

    • 18:44

      Mexico - second team in Group F

    • 18:43

      Switzerland joins Brazil in Group E

    • 18:42

      Croatia to meet Leo Messi in Group D

    • 18:41

      Peru gets into Group C with France

    • 18:41

      Spain, second team in Group B, joins its neighbor Portugal

    • 18:40

      Uruguay joins Russia in Group A

    • 18:39

      Poland - 1st Team in Group H

    • 18:38

      Germany, the winner of 2014 FIFA World Cup, - team 1 for Group F

    • 18:37

      Brazil that participated in all FIFA Cup are drawn as E1

    • 18:36

      Argentina - Group D1

    • 18:36

      France - first team in Group C

    • 18:35

      Portugal drawn as Team 1 for Group B

      Russia are drawn as team A1 as the host country.

    • 18:28

      Diego Maradona and other football stars, 2018 FIFA Cup draw assistants, appear on the stage

    • 18:24

      Legendary Igor Moiseev's ensemble performs Russian national dance at the ceremony

      The ensemble celebrates its 80th anniversary this year.

    • 18:18

      Miroslav Klose is the First football star to set foot on stage at the final draw for FIFA Cup in Russia

    • 18:11

      FIFA President Infantino Thanks Russia, 'Mr Putin'

      FIFA President Gianni Infantino thanks "Russia and mister Putin, the Russian government and all of the volunteers" who have been working to make this championship happen.

    • 18:08

      2018 FIFA Cup to Unite the International Sports Family and its Values - Putin

      Putin: the whole country loves football, with a number of Russian players being written in the history of the world football. The 2018 FIFA Cup will unite the international sports family and its values.

      Russian President Vladimir Putin delivers a speech ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament final draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow
      © AFP 2019 / Yuri KADOBNOV
    • 18:03

      Putin, FIFA President Infantino Opening Draw

      Putin: Russia is looking forward to the upcoming FIFA Cup and is set to host in at the highest level.

      Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) is welcomed on stage by FIFA president Gianni Infantino during the 2018 FIFA World Cup football tournament final draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow
      © AFP 2019 / Yuri KADOBNOV
    • 18:01

      2018 FIFA World Cup Draw Starts

    • 17:50

      What is the Procedure for Final Draw?

      The four pots will be emptied by drawing the eight teams they each contain one by one and placing them in the eight groups of four teams (Groups A to H). With the exception of UEFA, which has more qualifiers (14) than there are groups (8), no teams from the same confederation can be drawn in the same group.

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    • 17:37

      Diego Maradona to Attend the 2018 FIFA Cup Draw in Moscow

    • 17:22

      Iran Asks Russian Host of 2018 FIFA Draw to Look More “Modest”

      Earlier this week, Iranian team fans asked the host of the draw, journalist Maria Komandnaya, to look more "modest" and abstain from wearing "sexual clothes," a proposal which immediately went viral.

      Maria, for her part, promised to try to do her best, however, said that the way she looks is decided by FIFA.

    • 17:13

      Putin to Meet Legends of World Football

      According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, "right ahead of the draw ceremony, Putin will meet the stars of tworld football," who arrived in Russia to participate in the event.

    • 17:05

      Russian and 2014 FIFA World Cup Winner Won't Meet During Qualifiers

      Russia, as well as the winner of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, alongside Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland and France are in the first pot, which means they won't play in the same group during qualifiers.

      Preparation for 2018 FIFA World Cup draw
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    • 17:00

      Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar Coming to Russia

      The world's most renowned football stars, including Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo, Argentina's Leo Messi and Brazil's Neymar are among the participants of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

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