World Cup 2018 Guide: Teams to Watch, Groups & Food Ideas

About a week from now, the Fifa World Cup 2018 will officially begin in Russia. Held once every 4 years; the World Cup is an international footballing competition where 32 nations will compete to be crowned champions of the world and claim the Jules Rimmet trophy. According to FIFA ( Féderation Internationale de Football Association): a whopping one billion people tuned in to watch the final of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. With such widespread attention, the Fifa World Cup is undoubtedly the largest, most reputable sporting event in the world.

For football mad Singapore, this year’s Russia World Cup will be no different as many will tune in to catch the matches. In addition, a strong ‘virus’ might suddenly appear with your peers or colleagues affected taking MCs. Regardless, this is an event you don’t want to miss if you are a fan of the beautiful game or simply want to enjoy the festivities.

If you are wondering how you can best enjoy this event, we are here to help. This guide will cover the World Cup 2018 groups; World Cup 2018 schedule; teams to watch; where to catch the games in Singapore and some food ideas for your World Cup viewing parties. This guide will be all you need to know to enjoy the World Cup so without further ado, here is the guide!

Fifa World Cup 2018 Groups

Man Taking a Penalty in Football
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After grueling rounds of world cup qualifiers for 2018 played around the world, the World Cup qualifiers results are out. The 32 national teams that have made it thus far have been split into eight groups of four teams in the World Cup 2018 draw. These teams will then play each other in a round robin basis and the top two teams will proceed to the knockout rounds. Here are the groups consisting of the World Cup 2018 qualified teams.

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Where to Watch The Fifa World Cup 2018

There are many ways that you can catch the matches in Singapore, we have written another article here, to show you where and how to watch the World Cup.

Teams to Watch & Party Food Ideas

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For this year’s World Cup, there are a few good teams that will make you sit up and take note. These teams are rather well supported due to the high profile of the players, attractive style of play and their achievements in football. If you happen to be throwing a World Cup viewing party, you can consider serving up some food from that country to add to the experience.

1. Germany – Fifa World Cup 2018 Defending Champions

German Team Lifting the Fifa World Cup 2014 Trophy
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First on this list is the defending champions Germany. Historically, Germany had a lot of success in the World Cup having won it 4 times. In 2014, they made history by becoming the first team from Europe to lift the World Cup in the Americas. In addition, they are the only country where both the Men’s and Women’s teams have won the World Cup. This year, Germany is set to make a strong defense of their title. With the spine of the 2014 team still in the squad, the German team has loads of experience and a strong winning mentality. Although they may not have that stand out star, the German team more than makes up for it in tactics and spirit.

Party Food Ideas

Brotezit German Bier Bar & Restaurant
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For those getting together to support Germany, you can get a taste of German cuisine from Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant – [email protected]. From German smoked sausages with pickles and mustard (Bierbeisser) to Pork Knuckles, Brotzeit has the German food to get the party going. Simply key in your location and follow the instructions and you’ll be having delicious German food for your party in no time. Remember to place your orders via ShopBack for deals and an additional 2.5% cashback!

2. Brazil

Neymar Playing in the Fifa World Cup 2018 Qualifiers
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The next team on this list to watch is Brazil. Brazil has the record of having that won the World Cup the most times (1958, 1962, 1970 and 2002 and are the only country that has qualified for every world cup in existence. Nicknamed the Seleção (Selection), the Brazil team is traditionally known for their ‘Joga Bonito’ (Play Beautiful) style of play. This year, the Brazil team are considered the bookmakers’ favorites to win the World Cup. Aside from the individual quality of their players from the likes of superstars like Neymar, Gabriel Jesus, and Marcelo. Brazil has their coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi or Tite which is the name that is more commonly used. Tite is known for his no-nonsense style with his teams renowned for their defensive prowess. Under him, Brazil tore up the  FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifiers and beating their classic rivals Argentina 3-0 during the campaign. Brazil is shaping up to be quite the force in this World Cup. Coupled with their attractive style of play, many will be drawn to them.

Party Food Ideas

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To party with the Seleção, you can consider getting a bottle of Cachaca 51 from Redmart. The drink itself is considered Brazil’s national spirit that is distilled from fermented sugarcane juice.  With an alcohol percentage of 40-percent, most Brazilians use it to make Caipirinha, a delicious cocktail made with cachaça, ice, sugar, and lime.

3. Spain

Spain Football National Team
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In terms of Spain’s history in the world cup, the country has only won the world cup once in 2010. However, in their own backyard, they are especially dominant having won 10 European Championships and breezing through the World Cup qualifiers in Europe. This year, their chances of winning the World Cup are good but there are some questions over new manager Julen Loptegui. Despite having a talented squad of world-class players like David De Gea, Sergio Ramos, Sergio Busquets and Isco; their manager Julen Loptegui is still rather inexperienced. Loptegui has not won any major honors as a manager and has chosen to drop experienced stars like Pedro, Csec Fàbregas, and Javi Martínez.

Party Food Ideas

Wine Connection Tapas and Bistro
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For your World Cup viewing party, you can consider getting Spanish food from Wine Connection Tapas & Bistro on Foodpanda. The restaurant serves up Spanish food such as Spanish Style Gambas (Prawns cooked with extra virgin oil, garlic, and chili), Spanish Paella and more. Remember to click through ShopBack and get up to 8% cashback when you place your order on Foodpanda!

4. France

Kylian Mbappe
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Another team to watch is the France national team. This year, they are many people’s favorites for the World Cup due to the staggering amount of talent they have in their squad. Having won the tournament only once as hosts in 1998, they are not as decorated as Brazil or Germany and have lots to prove. From back to front, France has great young talents like Hugo Loris, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Benjamin Mendy, Kylian Mbappe and the mercurial Paul Pogba. Their depth is so absurd that they can even afford to leave out exciting talents like Anthony Martial and Kingsley Coman. However, without a clear playing philosophy, France has often struggled against the smaller teams. Regardless, France is set to light up the World Cup in Russia and would be a good team to follow.

Party Food Ideas

Poulet Chicken Singapore
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If you would like to support France at your World Cup viewing party, you can consider ordering Poulet – French Chicken from Deliveroo Singapore. Their signature French roast chicken has 5 delicious sauces you can choose from a gastronomical treat that will complement your time watching France play.

5. Belgium

Belgium National Team
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Last but certainly not the least on this list is the Belgium national team which has a historical rivalry with Spain. Having played them for many times in international competition between 1905 to 1967; there is no love lost. Similar to their French counterparts, Belgium has a lot of exciting young talent that is unproven on the World Cup stage. The likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Lukkaku and Eden Hazard are great players that will add a lot to any side. However, their manager Roberto Martinez is unproven at this level and has left out Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan out of the squad. It remains to be seen how well Belgium might perform but it certainly won’t be boring watching them play.

Party Food Ideas

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As a country known for their beer, chocolate, waffles and french fries with mayonnaise; you can’t do without these foods when Belgium play. Perfetto Cafe is one such cafe in Singapore that serves up Belgian Fries and Affogato Belgian waffles. Their food is available for delivery on Foodpanda so go ahead and order their food when the World Cup comes along.


Ready for the World Cup 2018?

Now that you’ve gone through this list; I hope you would have found inspiration on how to best enjoy the football in the World Cup 2018. Do let us know in the comments which national football team you are supporting this World Cup.

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