Host Russia goes into World Cup as lowest ranked team

Host Russia goes into World Cup as lowest ranked team

Poland said that the shoulder injury suffered by Kamil Glik, when he fell awkwardly after attempting an overhead kick in training, was likely to keep the defender out of the World Cup, although a decision was put off until Thursday.

But Turkey, who failed to qualify for the World Cup, drew level just before the hour-mark when Malli picked out the bottom-left corner from 25 yards.

The question confronting Russian football fans ahead of the World Cup is whether the host nation's team can actually get any worse.

The Socceroos will finalise their preparations with a friendly against Hungary in Budapest on Sunday morning (AEST), before they open their World Cup tilt against France in Kazan on June 16. They also hope to obtain their boost from home support which will probably be a vocal one. An important detail is that the team flaunts a 31.25% win rate.

Team Melli have been drawn in a hard group alongside a Sergio Ramos-led Spain, current European champions Portugal and Maghreb nation Morocco.

Their experienced midfielder Taisir AI-Jassim flaunts 124 caps for his national side.

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The price that ISM, a Switzerland-based sports marketing company, offered in the first place was $15 million for a full package including all 64 matches of the tournament, double the money charged for the previous edition of the World Cup in 2014. They will be making their third-ever appearance in the finals.

Africa will be represented at the tournament by Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia.

"Spain, Germany and Argentina are ranked as the second, third and fourth best global teams.This trio will likely be Brazil's main competition for the trophy this summer", the Dutch-based company's proprietary prediction system showed. The team relies on these two.

Gracenote's predictions place Brazil first, giving the team a 21 percent chance of lifting the trophy.

After facing Saudi Arabia in Group A at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on June 14, Russian Federation face Egypt in St Petersburg on June 19 and Uruguay in Volgograd on June 25.

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