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FMM Predicts : 2018 World Cup


Hello and welcome to a new series of simulations, where I will holiday through major events to see what the outcome is, according to Football Manager Mobile.

The second article of the series will be concentrating on the upcoming FIFA World Cup, which is to be held in Russia in 2018.

The Groups


Costa Rica qualified for their second consecutive World Cup from the North American section, while World Cup 2010 3rd placers Uruguay qualify once again. Repiublic of Ireland are in their first World Cup since the 2002 tournament which was held in South Korea and Japan.


Holders Germany are expected to win this group, which contains first-timers and 2022 hosts Qatar, Slovakia and Tunisia.


Algeria are in their 3rd consecutive tournament, while Romania qualify for the first time since 2002. Iran feature once again alongsidw 5-time winners Brazil.


The group of death of the tournament is no doubt group D, which contains Euro 2016 winners Portugal, Colombia and Belgium, with Saudi Arabia qualifying for the first time since the 2006 World Cup in Germany, the last to be held in Europe.


Group E contains Euro 2008, Euro 2012 and World Cup 2010 winners Spain, with Alexis Sanchez' Chile, with both expected to slot into the top 2. Poland and Mexico make up the rest of the group.


Euro 2016 hosts France qualify looking for their first silverware since the 1998 World Cup, as they are set to battle it out with 2010 hosts South Africa, 1994 hosts USA, and Croatia.


Group G sees 2014 finalist Argentina and 2006 champions Italy go head-to-head, with Australia and Egypt making up the rest of the group.


Last but certainly not least, group H sees a repeat of Euro 2016 as England and Wales face each other once again, while 2002 joint-hosts South Korea and African nation Ivory Coast make up the rest of the group.

The Opening Game


The opening game of the tournament saw hosts Russia play out a dramatic 3-3 draw with Costa Rica.

Ex-Fulham player Bryan Ruiz scored the first goal of the World Cup, with Pavel Mamaev pulling Russia level 3 minutes later.

Jason Jimenez steered Costa Rica back into the lead after the break, but again, Russia struck level straight after through Mario Fernandes.

Dmitry Kombarov looked to have won the game for the hosts, but it was Costa Rica's turn to pull level when Oscar Campos scored with a minute remaining of normal time.

Last 16


Group B runners up Tunisia shocked Costa Rica, while Germany comfortably beat Uruguay 3-0.

There were no surprises in the next 2 last 16 matches, as Portugal and Brazil both ensured their place in the quarter-finals.

France and Spain beat Chile and Croatia respectively. England were beaten on pens by Argentina, while Ivory Coast produced the shock of the tournament as they beat Italy in extra-time.



Tunisia's fairytale came to an end as they were knocked out by Portugal, and Germany knocked Brazil out 3-1.

It was Argentina's turn to suffer penalty heartache as France went through along with Spain, who eased past Ivory Coast 3-0.



In the semi-finals, France won on penalties for the second game in a row, as they beat Portugal, while Spain narrowely beat favourites Germany 1-0.

The Final

So, France vs Spain in the final. The 2 sides have never met in a World Cup final, as France look to put the final defeat of Euro 2016 behind them, while Spain will want to win their first World Cup since 2010 and prove to the doubters that they are still the best in the world.


It was France who won in the final, with a 1-0 enough to etch their name onto the famous trophy.

Germany took 3rd place as they beat Portugal 2-0.

Top Scorers


Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema topped the scoring charts with 5 goals, which included the winning goal in the final.

Bryan Ruiz and Paulo Dybala make up the top 3 with both players bagging 5 goals each.

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this simulation. Have a good new year everyone!


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