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RELIVE: FIFA 2018 World Cup draw

Ahram Online provided live updates of the 2018 World Cup draw at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Russia

Ahram Online , Friday 1 Dec 2017
Final Draw
General view as Diego Maradona pulls out Mexico during the draw (Photo: Reuters)
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Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay   

Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran    

Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark  

Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria    

Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia    

Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, Korea Republic   

Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England    

Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan    

17:27 The draw is set to start, with all the eight World Cup winners' representatives, such as Maradona, Cafu and Diego Forlan, appearing on the stage. 

17:15 Ex-Germany striker Miroslav Klose, World Cup all-time goalscorer, now appears on the stage having lead his nation to the title in 2014.

17:10 "Thank you to all the Russian people who have worked hard over the last seven years to bring us one step further to the final tournament. Thanks to all 11 Host Cities who are doing a tremendous job," Infantino said.

17:07 Infantino now speaking following Putin's speech.

17:02 Russian president Vladimir Putin giving the opening speech alongside FIFA chairman Infantino.  

17:01 The ceremony gets underway.

17:00 The ceremony is set to start now.

16:45 They looked to have come closer than ever in the following campaign under U.S boss Bob Bradley, but again a thumping 6-1 playoff defeat to Ghana in Kumasi at the last hurdle denied them a place in Brazil.

16:30 A disappointing 1-0 playoff defeat to Algeria, however, meant the record African champions would still have to wait for a World Cup berth after making a commendable comeback in the qualifiers following a poor start to the campaign.

16:15 Thus, it was only normal for such a hugely-talented Egypt generation, which boasted the likes of Mohamed Abou-Treika, Mohamed Zidan and Ahmed Hassan, to finally make it to the World Cup finals - a dream that remained elusive for quite a long time.

16:00 Since last reaching the World Cup in 1990, Egypt have borne the brunt of continually failing to reach the World Cup finals, limiting their appearances in the quadrennial tournament to just two throughout their history.

15:00 Egypt’s World Cup record came in stark contrast to their Africa Cup of Nations feats, having won the competition a record seven times – including three titles in a row between 2006 and 2010 under former boss Hassan Shehata.

14:30 All eight World Cup-winning nations will send a representative who won the trophy to assist in the draw, with England goalkeeper on the 1966 winning team Gordon Banks, Argentina star Diego Armando Maradona,  Laurent Blanc (France), Cafu (Brazil), Fabio Cannavaro (Italy), Carles Puyol (Spain) and Diego Forlan (Uruguay) all taking part.

Former Germany forward and 2014 winner Miroslav Klose will bring the World Cup trophy on stage.

13:00 FIFA President Gianni Infantino says that he will watch the draw as a football fan, but also as FIFA President.

"It's an emotional moment for me. There are more than 200 countries watching this event. Everyone is starting to talk about the World Cup, who will play whom, who will be the surprise teams? This discussion will guide us from now until next year." Infantino said ahead of the draw.

12:30 The ceremony will be hosted by former England captain Gary Lineker, who won the Golden Boot in 1986, alongside Russian sports journalist Maria Komandnaya.

11:00 With all Egyptians now eagerly anticipating who their side will meet next year in Russia, a pot three-seeded Egypt is sure of avoiding seven other nations of the same pot in addition to any other team from Africa.

Pot 1: Russia, Germany, Brazil, Portugal, Argentina, Belgium, Poland, France

Pot 2: Spain, Peru, Switzerland, England, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Croatia

Pot 3: Denmark, Iceland, Costa Rica, Sweden, Tunisia, Egypt, Senegal, Iran

Pot 4: Serbia, Nigeria, Australia, Japan, Morocco, Panama, South Korea, Saudi Arabia

Check the draw preview here

(All times are GMT+2)

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