Russia qualified for three FIFA World Cups™ (1994 FIFA World Cup USA™, 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan™, 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™), and they have automatically qualified for 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ as hosts. They have also qualified for five European Championships (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016).
The Russian national team's official shirt supplier since 2008 is Adidas.
Nickname(s): Bears, Golden Eagles, Red Army
Association: Russian Football Union (RFS)
Head coach: Stanislav Cherchesov
Captain: Vasili Berezutski
Most caps: Sergei Ignashevich (120)
Top scorer: Aleksandr Kerzhakov (30)
Home stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Lokomotiv Stadium, Petrovsky, Luzhniki
CONMEBOL top four
Qualified on 28 March 2017
Brazil is the most successful national football team in international competition, winning the FIFA World Cup™ five times: 1958, 1962, 1970, 1994 and 2002. Brazil also has the best overall performance in FIFA World Cup™ history in both proportional and absolute terms with a record of 70 victories in 104 matches played, 119 goal difference, 227 points and only 17 losses. Brazil is the only national team to have played in all FIFA World Cup™ editions without any absence nor need for playoffs. The seleção is also the most successful national team in the FIFA Confederations Cup with four titles: 1997, 2005, 2009 and 2013, being the winner of three of the last four tournaments. Brazil has the all-time highest average Football Elo Rating with 2017.9, and the third all-time highest Football Elo Rating with 2160 in 1962, only behind the Hungary Golden Team of 1954 and the German team of 2014.
Nickname(s):Canarinho (Little Canary), Verde-Amarela (The Green and Yellow), Pentacampeões (Five-Time Champions)
Confederation: CONMEBOL (South America)
Association: Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF)
Head coach: Tite
Most caps: Cafu (142)
Top scorer: Pelé (77)
Home stadium: Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro
AFC Third Round Group A Winners
Qualified on 12 June 2017
Also known as Team Melli, represents Iran in international football competitions and is governed by the Iran Football Federation. The national football team of Iran has been the highest-ranked team in Asia since December 2014 and the 23rd highest-ranked team in the world according to the latest FIFA World Rankings as of July 2017. Iran is one of the most successful national teams in Asia with three Asian Cup championships (1968, 1972, and 1976). Iran has qualified for the FIFA World Cup™ five times (1978, 1998, 2006, 2014, and 2018) but has never advanced past the group stage. Iran's only win in the FIFA World Cup™ has been a 2–1 victory against the United States in 1998.
Nickname(s): Team Melli
Confederation: AFC (Asia)
Association: Football Federation of Iran (FFIRI) Fedrāsione Futbālle Irān