The 2018 World Cup is due to be held in Russia in less than a month, with 32 teams all fighting to be named champions. It is a tournament that has been running for 88 years and is held at intervals of four years. The last World Cup was in 2014, held in Brazil, where the host nation ran the competition close, but it was Germany who prevailed above all others.
The Germans will be trying to hold onto their trophy, but will face fierce competition from some of the best teams and players in the world. The likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Antoine Griezmann are all looking to lead their countries to glory, but only one can be champion. While they are all great players individually, it will be the team that can play together best that stands the greatest chance of success.
With so much soccer talent in one place, many fans of the sport will be looking on eagerly in the hopes that their country can lift the famous golden trophy. We have taken a look at the squads each team will take to Russia and have assessed their chances of success. This is the definitive ranking list of all 32 participating teams in the 2018 World Cup.
[post_page_title]Saudi Arabia – World ranking, 67th[/post_page_title]
Saudi Arabia are the lowest-ranked team to enter the tournament in Russia. With a world ranking of 67, they aren’t expected to do well in the summer. They have made things hard for themselves as they have sacked two managers recently and are heading into the tournament with a new man in charge. Saudi Arabia automatically qualified for the tournament ahead of Australia and will be hoping their star player, Mohammad Al-Sahlawi, can replicate his incredible scoring feats from qualifying in the final tournament. Al-Sahlawi was the joint top scorer in qualifying with 16 goals and will hope new coach Juan Antonio Pizzi can get them out of the group stage.