The 2018 World Cup kicks off June 14 in Moscow, Russia. Brazil, Germany, Spain, Argentina, France are favored. Belgium could surprise. Peru is back. Iceland, Panama make debuts. Not there: the United States, Italy, Netherlands, Chile.
Pope Francis spoke via satellite from the Vatican to a group of young people from Miami, a girls soccer team and members of a choir at the Telemundo Center in Doral for a special called 'El Papa con los jóvenes latinos' (The Pope with Latin Youths).
There is little question Colombia and Poland will advance from Group H in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The question is, in which order? Colombia, which reached the quarters in 2014, is led by James Rodriguez. Poland's Robert Lewandowski is a scoring machine.
Germany will try to defend its 2014 World Cup title with veterans Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller. Mexico is back for the seventh time in a row. Sweden and South Korea round out Group F in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Belgium could win it all with English Premier League stars Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin DeBruyne. England, in the post-Wayne Rooney era, hopes to make it past the Round of 16. Panama, Tunisia are long shots in Group G of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The 2018 FIFA World Cup Group D is highlighted by Argentina, which is led by Barcelona star Lionel Messi, aiming for his first World Cup trophy. The Argentines are expected to advance, but must survive the Group of Death with Croatia, 2016 Euro Cup Cinderella Iceland and Nigeria.