Soccer (football) World Cup 2018
Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:51 AM
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Posted 03 December 2017 - 07:56 AM
There is a system, but it's random within that. 4 pots is the key.
You can watch the video (45 minutes) of the draw when it was live here > > https://www.facebook...19923158023521/
Pot #1, with the 7 top world teams plus host Russia are emptied into the 8 groups. 1 in each group. Then they do the same with pot #2. After that I'm not sure it matters all that much. So there is no way to have any of the top 7 world teams in any of the same groups.
Russia just got lucky in that after it was placed in its group, the teams added to its group from each of the pots after were towards the bottom.
The "group of death" thing is a little dramatic, as it's really often referred to as such in that the "popular" or widely-followed, or large countries might end up in one group. Not really a bunch of top-ranked ones. If you ended up with Germany, Brazil and England in one group, that would certainly be called a group of death, even if England was ranked #17 and Germany #12.
Edited by VicHockeyFan, 03 December 2017 - 08:08 AM.
Posted 03 December 2017 - 08:11 AM
Similarly, Poland is in the top pot #1 this year. It might not be seriously considered a "death' team if it got in one group with, say, Germany and England. But Spain would, even though it's from pot #2.
(For this argument, I'm discarding the fact that Germany is in pot #1 this year, so the above matchups are not even possible - I'm just using a hypothetical year).
Edited by VicHockeyFan, 03 December 2017 - 08:13 AM.
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