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Five surprising teams in FIFA World Cup 2018

With less than half a month left for the 21st edition of FIFA World Cup scheduled to be played in Russia. All the soccer fans are preparing themselves to cheer up their favourite teams. However, there are 32 nations playing in the tournament yet it is watched by billions of people around the globe. Few legendary players and teams are missing out on this year’s FIFA World Cup but the arrival of some new teams will eventually make it more interesting than ever before. Here is a list of teams who’ll be seen facing the giants of Football.


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The Pharaohs have made it thrice to the FIFA World Cup and their best performance was in the year 1934 when they were ranked 13th in the tournament. The Key striker of Egypt, Mohamed Salah was injured last week but there are hopes that he’ll be there in Russia to play for his team. Apart from this, Egypt is one of the strongest African teams as they are seven-time holders of Africa Cup of nations.

Saudi Arabia

Image result for saudi arabia National Football teamDespite a low official FIFA ranking, The Arabs were lucky enough to qualify for the FIFA World Cup 2018. The track record of Saudi Arabia is pretty much closer to the Egypt National Football Team. Saudi Arabia has made it five times to the FIFA World Cup and 1994 was the best year for them as they made it to the round of 16. In four appearances of Confederations cup, they were strong enough to make it to the final in the year 1992. Three-time Asian Cup winners Saudi Arabia would be an unexpected underdog team and would be there to surprise everybody.


However, the Persians were strong enough to make it to the FIFA World Cup 2014 as well. This year they’ ll definitely try to regain the reputation they earned four years back. Iran has appeared five times in the FIFA World Cup and made it to the top 14 in the year 1978. Apart from this, Iran is also a Three-time Asian Cup Winners and made it thrice to the Olympic games. So, you can hope that they’ll bounce back this year.


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The Panama national football team is going to play their first ever FIFA World Cup in June.  However, they came closer to FIFA World Cup but weren’t strong enough to make it to the real tournament. As we all know, the North-American teams have never done any wonders in the FIFA World Cup but Panama still has some hopes. They appeared eight times in CONCACAF Gold Cup where they were defeated twice in the final by the USA in the year 2005 and 2013 respectively. There’s hope that Panama would be able to prove that there’s more to Panama than Panama papers.


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The Morroco National Team are also known as the “Lions of the Atlas”. The team is currently ranked 41 which is not really a bad thing but in their previous five appearances, their best performance was in the year 1986 when they reached the round of 16. In this FIFA World Cup, they are part of a group where teams Iran, Spain and Portugal will be fighting for the points. Apart from FIFA, they had won Africa Cup of Nations in 1976 in their tally of 16 appearances but you can never underestimate a Lion, thus hopefully Morocco is going to prove their point this year.

Syed Zuhair Ali
Syed Zuhair Ali
A student of Journalism and Mass Communication who loves to write about social issues through his poetries.