Welcome to the FIFA World Cup 2018 thread. This thread is for discussion of tournament events only. Any other football discussion, whether it be Manchester United, Liverpool, Benfica, Real Madrid or Accrington Stanley (who are they?) related should still go in The Beautiful Game thread. The qualified teams: Some useful links: Football FIFA World Cup FIFA Official Website Guardian guide to all 736 players. Previous official world cup threads: 2002 2006 2010 2014 To conclude a FAQ: I couldn't help but notice that this is called the WORLD cup but the greatest country in the world isn't participating, why? Sadly enough the Netherlands couldn't qualify from their tough group which included France and Sweden. Actually I was talking about USA! USA! USA! Oh right... They lost to Trinidad & Tobago in the last match round which meant missing out on qualification.