FIFA World Cup 2018: Round of 16

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It is time for the Round of 16 in the FIFA World Cup 2018 and Sweden is one of 16 teams that have advanced to the playoffs. Through a win against South Korea (1-0) in the opening match, a tough loss in the final in the final seconds against now eliminated Germany (1-2) and a solid win against Mexico in the last match (3-0) Sweden won its group and is now facing Switzerland in the Round of 16. If Janne Andersson’s men advances to the quarterfinal they will face the winner between Colombia and England. In this post you will find all matches with dates and comments. At the bottom of the post is the playoff tree.

Saturday, June 30th:

France – Argentina

Comment: Two teams with much left to prove. Argentina and Messi chase their first gold after several losses in Copa de America and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Uruguay – Portugal

Comment: Uruguay that has not been tested so far in the tournament meets Cristiano Ronaldo who can decide big matches on his own.

Sunday, July 1:

Spain – Russia

Comment: Russia proceeded through a simple group where they lost clearly against the single opponent of rank (Uruguay). Spain is not as good as previous years, but they should win this meeting.

Croatia – Denmark

Comment: It is always fun to follow our red-white Scandinavian neighbors in the World Cup. However, Croatia played solid in the group stage and could be too tough for the Danes.

Monday, July 2:

Brazil – Mexico

Comment: Mexico advanced to the playoffs due to the fact that South Korea beat Germany (!) 2-0 in the final group stage round. Brazil should win this.

Belgium – Japan

Comment: Japan is the only Asian team in the playoffs. They face Belgium who should win this match.

Tuesday, July 3:

Sweden – Switzerland

Comment: Switzerland has not lost a match for a long time and are slightly favorites against a disciplined Swedish team who got their scoring going in the last game of the group stage. This can go either way. We hope for a warm Swedish World Cup summer!

Colombia – England

Comment: England yawned themselves through the group stage. Chances are, they efforts are not enough against more qualified opponents.

Sweden in the 2018 FIFA World Cup


In this post you will find all groups plus Sweden’s schedule in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. Sweden was drawn against Germany, Mexico and South Korea. The 2018 World Cup is played June 14 – July 15 in 12 Russian cities. It is the 21st men’s World Cup. In the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Germany won the final against Argentina.

Sweden’s matches in the 2018 World Cup

Date / (Swedish) Time | Teams | Location

June 18: 14.00 | Sweden – South Korea | Nizhny Novgorod

June 23: 20.00 | Germany – Sweden | Sochi

27th of June: 16.00 | Mexico – Sweden | Ekaterinburg

Groups in the 2018 World Cup 2018

32 teams fight for 16 places in the round of 16

Group A

1. Russia
2. Saudi Arabia
3. Egypt
4. Uruguay

Comment: Dream draw for the host nation who will advance from this group along with Uruguay.

Group B

1. Portugal
2. Spain
3. Morocco
4. Iran

Comment: Local rivals Spain and Portugal will fight for the group win. The match will be 15 June at 20:00. Morocco that did allowed a single goal against (!) In the qualifiers.

Group C

1. France
2. Australia
3. Peru
4. Denmark

Comment: Tough group. France should win. Denmark and Peru fight for second place. Australia might cause some troubles?

Group D

1. Argentina
2. Iceland
3. Croatia
4. Nigeria

Comment: The group of death. Leo Messi’s Argentina is favorites. Iceland can beat any team. Croatia is always dangerous, so is Nigeria.

Group E

1. Brazil
2. Switzerland
3. Costa Rica
4. Serbia

Comment: Brazil and Switzerland are favorites, but this is really no easy task for any of the teams.

Group F

1. Germany
2. Mexico
3. Sweden
4. South Korea

Comment: Germany is the favorite for the group win. Sweden’s key match will be against Mexico. Certainly, do we dismiss South Korea quite easily?

Group G

1. Belgium
2. Panama
3. Tunisia
4. England

Comment: England and Belgium should grab position 1 and 2 in group G.

Group H

1. Poland
2. Senegal
3. Colombia
4. Japan

Comment: Poland and Colombia are favorites. Both Senegal and Japan are able to cause trouble though. We remember (unfortunately) the eighth finale against Senegal 2002, in a World Cup that could have been a Swedish success.

Playoffs in the 2018 World Cup

Position one and two in each group above advances to the round of 16.

The round of 16 is played June 30 – July 3.

The quarterfinals will be played from 6 to 7 July.

The semi-finals are played from 10 to 11 July

The Bronze match will be played July 14th

The final will be played July 15 at the Luzjniki stadium, Moscow.

European qualifier groups for FIFA World Cup 2018 draw

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The draw for the European qualifiers for FIFA World Cup in Russia 2018 has been made and below are the groups. To play in the World Cup, the teams have to place first or second in their group.

Group A: Netherlands, France, Sweden, Bulgaria, Belarus, Luxemburg

Comment: A tough draw for Sweden who will have to battle against two giants of football, Netherlands and France.

Group B: Portugal, Switzerland, Hungary, Faroe Islands, Latvia, Andorra.

Comment: Portugal and Switzerland should be the prime contenders for the group victory here.

Group C: Germany, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Norway, Azerbaijan, San Marino.

Comment: World Cup winners 2014, Germany, are heavy favourites to win group C:

Group D: Wales, Austria, Serbia, Ireland, Moldavia, Georgia.

Comment: Austria is playing an excellent qualifier for EURO 2016 at the moment and should be able to pull through from this group.

Group E: Romania, Denmark, Poland, Montenegro, Armenia, Kazakstan.

Comment: An open group where we bet Denmark and Poland will battle for the group win.

Group F: England, Slovakia, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Malta.

Comment: England are favourites to win group F. It will be interesting to see them play British rivals Scotland.

Group G: Spain, Italy, Albania, Israel, Macedonia, Liechtenstein.

Comment: Here we are looking forward to watch football-giants Spain and Italy play each other.

Group H: Belgium, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Greece, Estonia, Cyprus.

Comment: Any team except for Estonia and Cyprus might win group H.

Group I: Croatia, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Finland.

Comment: Another open group where pretty much any team can reach the 2018 World Cup.