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European draw for 2018 World Cup produces enticing groups

A group with former World Cup champions Spain and Italy and another with Netherlands, France and Sweden highlighted European qualifying draw for the 2018 World Cup. Just 13 teams from European qualifying will join host Russia in the finals.

GROUP A
Netherlands
France
Sweden
Bulgaria
Belarus
Luxembourg

GROUP B
Portugal
Switzerland
Hungary
Faroe Islands
Latvia
Andorra

GROUP C
Germany
Czech Republic
Northern Ireland
Norway
Azerbaijan
San Marino

GROUP D
Wales
Austria
Serbia
Ireland
Moldova
Georgia

GROUP E
Romania
Denmark
Poland
Montenegro
Armenia
Kazakhstan

GROUP F
England
Slovakia
Scotland
Slovenia
Lithuania
Malta

GROUP G
Spain
Italy
Albania
Israel
FYR Macedonia
Liechtenstein

GROUP H
Belgium
Bosnia
Greece
Estonia
Cyprus

GROUP I
Croatia
Iceland
Ukraine
Turkey
Finland

The nine group winners advance directly to the World Cup finals. The eight runners-up with the best record against the teams first, third, fourth and fifth in their groups proceed to playoffs to decide the remaining four European berths.

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