Fans apply for 3.5million 2018 World Cup tickets

Fans apply for 3.5million 2018 World Cup tickets

The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying group stage matches in the European area, the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and in the area of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) drew to a close on Wednesday, and their results will determine Pot 1 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage draw. The amount of requested tickets in the course of the opening sales period for the matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation is very inspiring and exceeds expectations, Director General of Russia-2018 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) Alexey Sorokin told TASS on Thursday.

Of the 32 that will qualify, the 19 teams set to play thus far are Egypt, Nigeria, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Brazil.

Pot 1 is made up of Russian Federation (as the host country), Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland and France. Northern Ireland haven't been in the World Cup since 1986.

Senegal are two points clear at the top of the final undecided African group, D. They have a game in hand after an earlier defeat was annulled after the referee was later banned from football. By contrast fans were ranked the fifth-highest in attendance at the previous World Cup in Brazil.

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Matthews, who turned 28 on Thursday, is in the second year of a three-year, $15 million contract signed in the 2016 offseason. Last month, Matthews pledged to donate $75,000 to organizations that support oppressed communities.

Below is how the pots are looking for the draw, which takes place on Friday. But such is the tight nature of the group, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde and South Africa all still have a chance.

The two remaining spots will be determined in cross continent playoff.

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.