'Group Of Death' Has Argentina, Croatia, Nigeria, Iceland In 2018

"Croatia came to the World Cup; in the last two games against Greece, they won 4-1 and they played a draw in the second game".

Nigerians confidence is on the high that the Super Eagles will make Africa proud after the Friday FIFA world Cup draw.

After losing 0-1 to Germany in extra time at the last World Cup final, Argentina and their talisman Lionel Messi will be desperate to lift the trophy.

Federation Internationale de Football Association conducted the World Cup draw in Friday, not only setting groups, matchups and schedules but also creating a number of intriguing storylines. "We can not surprise them like we did the last time, and now they will play with (Lionel) Messi", he added.

Nigeria's plan in qualifying from the Group next year could seek to imitate the plan from 2014.

Nigeria will face Croatia on June 17, 2018 in the first group game, they will then tackle Iceland six days later while the game against Argentina will be on June 27.

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Seyi Dada-Martins, a multimedia consultant, also said: "It is a very dicey group we have been drawn into, but I'm confident in the abilities of the set of players we have to scale through the group stage". The country went into that game in danger of missing out not only on direct qualification but a spot in the playoffs.

At the glitzy event in Kremlin hosted by England legend, Gary Lineker and Russian journalist, Maria Komandnaya, hosts Russia were thrown in Group A and will play the opening match against Saudi Arabia on June 14. They also have [Mario] Madzukic as a No. 9.

Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic acknowledged that Argentina would be favoured to win the group.

Iceland will be the smallest nation to ever play in a World Cup, and Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson admitted they will have their work cut out for them. I played with Bogdan at Hadjuk Split and I know that Croatian players are quick and technically very strong. We hope we keep on making people happy. "We aim to progress from the group".

Coach Gernot Rohr said what last month's win over Argentina has shown is that anything is possible with his young team.

  • Adam Floyd