Every World Cup Nation Previewed In Exactly 18 Words

Russia

Likely to become only the second hosts in World Cup history to be knocked out in the groups.

Saudi Arabia

A worrying turnaround of managers and lack of star quality means Saudi Arabia aren’t prepared for the tournament.

Egypt

Will hope Salah recovers fully from injury to lead them out of the group for the first time.

Uruguay

Suarez and Cavani guarantee goals – but facing Spain or Portugal in the second round could halt their progress.

Portugal

Should and will let Ronaldo have the limelight – his desire for individual success could take them far again.

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Spain

With many of Spain’s ‘golden generation’ still present their squad is ageing, but remains packed full of talent.

Morocco

A tough group means Morocco won’t be the dark horses people thought they might be before the draw.

Iran

A strong defence means they won’t get rolled over, but a weak attack means they won’t surprise either.

France

Boasting a huge pool of young talent, France will be one of the favourites and exciting to watch.

Australia

They’ll show plenty of determination and never give up, but lack the quality to progress beyond the group.

Peru

An exciting yet experienced squad with potential, they’ve been boosted by Paolo Guerrero’s ban for doping being overturned.

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Denmark

Have the right balance of youth and experience, whilst Christian Eriksen is a player who can win games.

Argentina

Struggled through qualifying, but will be a threat with one of the best attacking arsenals at the tournament.

Iceland

The first time qualifiers will be watched with interest, and they might just make it through the group.

Croatia

An experienced squad with players at Europe’s top clubs, but they aren’t overly popular with fans back home.

Nigeria

Having a young squad could either see them go far on buoyant energy, or struggle on little experience.

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Brazil

The first team to qualify, Brazil’s star studded team have an excellent chance to emphatically avenge 2014’s demons.

Switzerland

Won nine games out of ten games in qualifying, but without a consistent goalscorer they won’t shock anyone.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s 2014 heroes remain, but they’re on poor form and are unlikely to cause an upset again.

Serbia

Have some exciting young players as well as an experienced core, but October’s managerial switch could affect them.

Germany

As strong as ever, they’re in good shape to retain the trophy, joining Brazil on five world titles.

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Mexico

Likely to be knocked out in the Round of 16 for the seventh World Cup in a row.

Sweden

Without Zlatan, Sweden’s team spirit and unity is superb, but they do miss his presence and quality upfront.

South Korea

Struggled to qualify and on the decline, Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min offers a very faint glimmer of hope.

Belgium

2018 may finally be the year that Belgium’s golden generation lives up to the hype. They’ll score bucketloads.

Panama

Panamanians will enjoy being part of their inaugural World Cup, but less so what happens on the pitch.

Tunisia

Injury to star man Youssef Msakni ended their already slim hopes of making it out of the group.

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England

The quarter-finals would be a success for a very youthful side spearheaded by a word class striker.

Poland

Last chance for many of Poland’s stars to impress on the big stage, including the prolific Robert Lewandowski.

Senegal

Senegal are inconsistent and difficult to predict, but with Sadio Mane headlining an exciting attack, they’ll be dangerous.

Colombia

With a fearsome attack Colombia will aim for the quarters again, but they struggle against the top teams.

Japan

An open Group H gives Japan a chance, but they might fall short on a lack of quality.

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