A 'state-sponsored' doping scandal still threatens Russia's participation at the 2018 Winter Olympics, while FIFA has been dogged by corruption, leading to disgraced former president Sepp Blatter standing down. But, you can bet your last penny that the less fancied bosses will look to dazzle in other ways, whether that's through touchline tussles, dazzling fashion choices or sprouting out controversial comments. People see us differently, ' he told FIFA.com.
Players such as Neymar and Coutinho will guarantee this Brazil side stays faithful to the nation's attacking roots. "The feeling amongst the fans has changed, everyone has confidence again and that has no price".
The tiny Central American country reached the quarterfinals of the World Cup four years ago, losing to the Netherlands on a penalty shootout.
Brazil talisman, Neymar says he is looking to win the 2018 World Cup and bid goodbye to their 2014 ghosts.
One Barcelona star has made a huge claim by revealing that the Catalan giants are actually better off without Paris Saint Germain's Neymar Jr. But, while the players will hog most of the spotlight, it's the 32 managers who have the potential to be the real stars of the show.
However, post that Rakitic claimed that the club is in good shape without the services of their star striker Neymar. We train so that we're not afraid of anyone we might go up against.
Assisting the process were a collection of a World Cup greats including Maradona, France's 1998 World Cup-winning captain Laurent Blanc and ex-England goalie Gordon Banks. You can't pick one team over another, thinking that they'll be weaker.
Brazil's 2014 semi-final exit to Germany back saw their home World Cup become a nightmare
Neymar's excellent form during the qualification campaign did not go unnoticed, too. But there's some interesting youth mixed in as well - Aleksandar Mitrovic, Andrija Zivkovic, Marko Grujic, Nemanja Maksimovic, Milos Veljkovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic are all 23 or younger.
It's a challenge, Costa Rica has to play the game very intelligently against the Europeans, known to close ranks and not a romantic bunch, in contrast to the South Americans.
Cherchesov's 65th-ranked team will hope to put a smile on the face of Russian sport blighted by doping scandals.
Panama, the other nation preparing for a first World Cup adventure, were drawn in Group G with Belgium, England and Tunisia. And that's where the individual side of things and creative talent come in.
On paper, Group H looks the weakest of the pools so it is seemingly all to play for to reach the knockout stages.
Neymar will lead what is a versatile and fluid forward line, with Chelsea's Willian also expected to feature. Very little. I don't think luck itself can help a team win it.