The people of Syria have suffered greatly during a long, brutal civil war. But now there is a chink of light – in the form of football. Syria has never played in a World Cup, but that might be about to change now that they have reached the playoffs.
No African soccer team has ever reached the World Cup semi-finals. For the 2018 tournament in Russia, five strong teams could change that. But it's not going to be an easy feat.
Ahead of hosting the World Cup, excitement among football fans in Russia is growing with all eyes on Friday's draw. Moscow has been spruced up for the draw and next year's tournament.
The draw for the 2018 football World Cup in Russia takes place in Moscow on Friday. Here is a lowdown on the procedure and who world champions Germany might face.
The World Cup draw produced no obvious "group of death," but Germany certainly have it tougher than most other top seeds. No game is ever easy for the title holders, but Group F will at least keep them on their toes.
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