Thursday, July 12, 2018

Geo-visualization of FIFA 2018 World Cup

As stated on Wikipedia page: The 2018 FIFA World Cup is the 21st FIFA World Cup, a quadrennial international football tournament contested by the men's national teams of the member associations of FIFA. It is currently ongoing in Russia starting from 14 June and will end with the final match on 15 July 2018.

In this post, I will attempt to visualize the participants on a world map starting from qualifying countries, group stage, round of 16, quarter finals, semi finals etc.

Let's get started....

Countries that Qualified

Preparation to the quadrennial event starts with qualification matches. The full list of qualifiers for the 21st FIFA World Cup can be seen below, arranged by continent:-

Qualified: Russia (host), Belgium, Germany, England, Spain, Poland, Iceland, Serbia, France, Portugal, Switzerland, Croatia, Sweden, Denmark

Qualified: Iran, South Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Australia

Qualified: Nigeria, Egypt, Senegal, Tunisia, Morocco

Qualified: Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama

Qualified: Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Colombia, Peru

Qualified: None

Countries Group Fixtures Breakdown

After the qualifiers are gotten, the next thing is to draw the teams (countries) into groups of four. The draw for the competition took place on Dec. 1, 2017.

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, South Korea
group G ~ Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
group H ~ Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

Countries in Round of 16

After each country played 3 matches in the group stage, the best two countries with the highest earned points will move to the "Round of 16". The countries that made it to the "Round of 16" are listed below...
group A ~ Russia, Uruguay
group B ~ Portugal, Spain
group C ~ France, Denmark
group D ~ Argentina, Croatia
group E ~ Brazil, Switzerland
group F ~ Mexico, Sweden
group G ~ Belgium, England
group H ~ Colombia, Japan

Countries in Quarterfinals
group A ~ Russia, Uruguay
group B ~
group C ~ France
group D ~ Croatia
group E ~ Brazil
group F ~ Sweden
group G ~ Belgium, England
group H ~

Countries in Semifinals

group A ~
group B ~
group C ~ France
group D ~ Croatia
group E ~
group F ~
group G ~ Belgium, England
group H ~

Countries in Third-place match

Belgium, England

Countries in Final match

France and Croatia

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