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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

2018 World Cup draw results and full daily schedule

Stewart Robson feels England lucked out and got a fairly easy group that contains Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.
ESPN's Julien Laurens believes France will be very happy after drawing Australia, Peru and Denmark.

FIFA conducted the draw for the 2018 World Cup on Friday in Moscow.

The 32 qualified teams, allocated in four pots based on their October FIFA ranking, were drawn into eight groups of four teams each. Hosts Russia were automatically the top seed in Group A despite being the lowest-ranked team.

There could be no more than two teams from Europe in any one pot, and no more than one nation from any other continental confederation.

After playing each team in their group, the top two teams advance...

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum: Champions League won't make up for World Cup failure

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum tells ESPN how winning the Champions League would not make up for Holland not being at the World Cup.
Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum insists Mo Salah must replicate his form for many years to be mentioned with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
As Liverpool head to Kiev, a look behind the scenes at Anfield as Salah meets Lampard, van Djik nutmegs Lovren and ESPN meets Wijnaldum.
ESPN FC's Dan Thomas and Mark Ogden build up to the UCL final and discuss the latest issues plaguing Liverpool supporters in Kiev.
ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti and Stewart Robson discuss this weekend's Champions League final, specifically what Real Madrid must do to stop Mohamed Salah.

Georginio Wijnaldum has told ESPN FC that winning the Champions League final with Liverpool will not be enough to make up for missing out on the World Cup this summer.

The Netherlands midfielder is expected to retain his place in Jurgen Klopp's starting XI for Saturday's clash with Real Madrid in Kiev after stepping in for the injured Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in recent weeks.

But while the majority of his Liverpool teammates will begin preparations for Russia 2018 following the Champions League final,...

How does fasting during Ramadan affect Muslim players in UCL and World Cup?

Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum insists Mo Salah must replicate his form for many years to be mentioned with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah is looking forward to facing Cristiano Ronaldo in the UEFA Champions League final with Real Madrid on Saturday.

Mohamed Salah's meteoric career could reach new heights on Saturday when his Liverpool team take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

The match coincides with the holy month of Ramadan, and Salah, along with Liverpool teammates Sadio Mane and Emre Can, Real Madrid's Karim Benzema and Achraf Hakimi, had faced the decision whether to refrain completely from eating and drinking on the day of the final.

Previously, the likes of former Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh opted to take a break...

 By Nick Miller

World Cup Willie, Striker and Ciao: Best World Cup mascots

Martin Ainstein undergoes an unforgettable experience in Moscow as he visits the Russian Cosmonaut Training Center during his tour of World Cup host cities.

This article has been edited and originally appeared on ESPN FC on June 7, 2014.

From the cuddly to the surreal to the conceptual art projects, the World Cup mascots down the years have been a rather mixed bunch.

Here are 10 of the best ...

10. Footix, France 1998

If you want to read into this type of thing, the mascot for the 1998 World Cup seemed to symbolise the sort of positive thinking that France needed, and eventually rode, to win the tournament. After all, they hadn't been involved since...

 By Nick Miller

World Cup Top Tenner: Hand of God, Suarez's bite, Banks' save, best matches

Martin Ainstein's tour of the World Cup host cities arrives at the scene of the Battle of Stalingrad, the largest and bloodiest of World War II.

The World Cup has showcased the best and worst football has to offer throughout its history. 

Here, we take a look at the good, the bad and the ugly from tournaments gone by. Each week a new Top Tenner will be released in the lead up to the big kickoff in Russia. 

April 2 -- Controversies

The 10 biggest controversies, including Diego Maradona's Hand of God goal.

April 9 --  Upsets

The biggest tournament upsets, led by the Maracanazo.

April 16 -- Bloopers

Roberto Baggio's penalty,...