The Socceroos made it to the 2018 World Cup with a bit of a struggle. They finished the Asian qualifiers third behind Japan and Saudi Arabia and so had to fight it out in two more rounds to reach Russia.
Speak about the Fifa World Cup or football in general and the mind conjectures Brazil. Having participated in each and every edition of the Fifa World Cup, it is no wonder the samba boys from South America will head to Russia once again as the eternal favourites.
Croatia qualified for Russia 2018 via the play-offs, after a tough group campaign saw them win six of their 10 games but draw two and lose two. They lost to Iceland who advanced while Croatia had to beat Greece in a play-off.
Iceland following their stunning Euro 2016 campaign, which saw them reach the quarter-finals and defeat England along the way, is the smallest nation to ever qualify for the World Cup with population of just 330,000.
Better known for its canal and hats, baseball and boxing are Panama’s biggest sports, but now football could be up there too, after Los Canaleros (the Canal Men) qualified for the World Cup for the first time.
Despite his advancing years, in footballing terms, Cristiano Ronaldo should be ready to hit the ground running as Portugal aim to claim their fist World Cup trophy to place alongside the European Championships silverware they won two years ago in France.
The Lions of Teranga first created a flutter in African and world football when they qualified to the 2002 Fifa World Cup. Their first-ever match was so huge that everyone took notice as Senegal upset World and European champions France 1-0 to set the tone of the competition.
With headline-grabber and self-styled superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic out of the reckoning, Sweden have plodded along quite happily under the radar since they stunned Italy in their qualification play-off to book their place in Russia.
Write off Tunisia at your peril as they were the first Arab team to win a World Cup match against Mexico 3-1 on their debut in 1978 and followed it up a goalless draw against West Germany at that tournament.