Here are the 32 teams that qualified for the 2018 World Cup along with their previous best finish in the competition. 

By SI.com Staff
November 15, 2017

World Cup 2018 is just seven months away, and teams around the globe have finally finished qualifying for the world's most popular sporting event.

Russia qualified as the host country, and 31 other nations have already as qualification wrapped up around the world with Peru's playoff triumph over New Zealand. Not among the participants are familiar participants such as Italy, the Netherlands, USA, Chile and Ghana, but the competition field features a number of contenders and eager sides ready to make a splash out of nowhere like Costa Rica did with its run to the 2014 quarterfinals.

Here is a guide to which teams around the world have qualified–everyone from five-time winner Brazil to first-time participants Iceland and Panama:

Teams qualified for the 2018 World Cup

Nation How qualified When qualified Previous best finish

Russia
Host country Dec. 2, 2010 Fourth place (1966)

Brazil
CONMEBOL direct qualifier March 28, 2017 Winners (1958, 1962, 1970, 1994, 2002)

Iran
AFC direct qualifier June 12, 2017 Group stage (four times)

Japan
AFC direct qualifier Aug. 31, 2017 Round of 16 (2002, 2010)

Mexico
CONCACAF direct qualifier Sept. 1, 2017 Quarterfinals (1970, 1986)

Belgium
UEFA direct qualifier Sept. 3, 2017 Fourth place (1986)

South Korea
AFC direct qualifier Sept. 5, 2017 Fourth place (2002)

Saudi Arabia
AFC direct qualifier Sept. 5, 2017 Round of 16 (1994)

Germany
UEFA direct qualifier Oct. 5, 2017 Winners (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)

England
UEFA direct qualifier Oct. 5, 2017 Winners (1966)

Spain
UEFA direct qualifier Oct. 6, 2017 Winners (2010)

Nigeria
CAF direct qualifier Oct. 7, 2017 Round of 16 (three times)

Costa Rica
CONCACAF direct qualifier Oct. 7, 2017 Quarterfinals (2014)

Poland
UEFA direct qualifier Oct. 8, 2017 Third place (1974, 1982)

Egypt
CAF direct qualifier Oct. 8, 2017 Group stage (1934, 1990)

Iceland
UEFA direct qualifier Oct. 9, 2017 First appearance

Serbia
UEFA direct qualifier Oct. 9, 2017 Group stage (2010)

France
UEFA direct qualifier Oct. 10, 2017 Winners (1998)

Portugal
UEFA direct qualifier Oct. 10, 2017 Third place (1966)

Panama
CONCACAF direct qualifier Oct. 10, 2017 First appearance

Argentina
CONMEBOL direct qualifier Oct. 10, 2017 Winners (1978, 1986)

Colombia
CONMEBOL direct qualifier Oct. 10, 2017 Quarterfinals (2014)

Uruguay
CONMEBOL direct qualifier Oct. 10, 2017 Winners (1930, 1950)

Senegal
CAF direct qualifier Nov. 10, 2017 Quarterfinals (2002)

Morocco
CAF direct qualifier Nov. 11, 2017 Round of 16 (1986)

Tunisia
CAF direct qualifier Nov. 11, 2017 Group Stage (1978, 1998, 2002, 2006)

Switzerland
UEFA playoff Nov. 12, 2017 Quarterfinals (1934, 1938, 1954)

Croatia
UEFA playoff Nov. 12, 2017 Third place (1998)

Sweden
UEFA playoff Nov. 13, 2017 Runner up (1958)

Denmark
UEFA playoff Nov. 14, 2017 Quarterfinals (1998)

Australia
Intercontinental playoff Nov. 15, 2017 Round of 16 (2006)

Peru
Intercontinental playoff Nov. 15, 2017 Quarterfinals (1970)

The teams will learn their group stage fate on Dec. 1 with the draw in Moscow. The pots will be organized with Russia in the top pot along with the seven highest-ranking teams in the October FIFA ranking. The subsequent three pots will be filled by teams in the respective order of that same ranking.

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