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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

2018 World Cup draw results and full daily schedule

Stewart Robson feels England lucked out and got a fairly easy group that contains Belgium, Panama and Tunisia.
ESPN's Julien Laurens believes France will be very happy after drawing Australia, Peru and Denmark.

FIFA conducted the draw for the 2018 World Cup on Friday in Moscow.

The 32 qualified teams, allocated in four pots based on their October FIFA ranking, were drawn into eight groups of four teams each. Hosts Russia were automatically the top seed in Group A despite being the lowest-ranked team.

There could be no more than two teams from Europe in any one pot, and no more than one nation from any other continental confederation.

After playing each team in their group, the top two teams advance...

FIFA ends doping investigation into Russia's Ruslan Kambolov - lawyers

GENEVA -- Lawyers for Russia defender Ruslan Kambolov have said FIFA closed an investigation into suspected doping, eight weeks before the World Cup begins.

FIFA terminated the case because of a "lack of evidence of such violations," Moscow-based law firm Sila said in a statement on its website.

FIFA declined to comment Friday on the announcement, which included Sila publishing an apparent letter it received by email Thursday from the football body's anti-doping manager.

The investigation against...

FIFA questions Morocco stadium quality after surprise inspection of infrastructure

FIFA president Gianni Infantino tells Gab Marcotti about his hopes that the 2018 and 2022 World Cups change negative perceptions of Russia and Qatar.
ICC organizer Charlie Stillitano suggests Morocco's late 2026 World Cup bid is no match for the North American joint bid.
U.S. soccer president Sunil Gulati is confident that North America's infrastructure will support its World Cup joint bid.

CASABLANCA, Morocco -- FIFA's inspection of Morocco's 2026 World Cup plans ended with questions about the quality of stadiums and a demand for more details from the bid ahead of a second unexpected examination of infrastructure.

Bid president Moulay Hafid Elalamy acknowledged on Friday that Morocco still has to "improve the quality of our bid book," which was initially submitted to FIFA a month ago ahead of the June vote against the North American entry.

A task force deployed from FIFA HQ in Zurich...

Amaju Pinnick sheds light on Nigeria's pre-World Cup plans

Nigeria Football Federation President Amaju Pinnick has shed light on the Super Eagles' preparations ahead of this summer's World Cup as Gernot Rohr's side ready themselves for the challenges to come.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Pinnick revealed key details surround the national side's pre-tournament friendlies including a meeting with the Democratic Republic of Congo on home soil.

"We are making an arrangement to fly in the Congolese national team because that is our responsibility," Pinnick...