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It's that once-every-four-years time again: FIFA World Cup season!

Russian Federation has pledged to crack down on racism as the country faces increased scrutiny before and during the tournament which it will host from June 14 to July 15 in 11 cities including Moscow, St Petersburg and Sochi. If we take a look at their Federation Internationale de Football Association points rankings and current form, these may be the only reasons for which they're playing at a World Cup.

Brazil's Electricity Sector Monitoring Committee (CMSE) announced special operational measures to ensure that the country will not have problems with its energy supply during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation, which begins on June 14, official sources said.

Iran lost 2:1 to Turkey in their last friendly on May 28, and have one last World Cup warmup against Lithuania on June 8. The Iranians have been paired in group B with Spain, Portugal and Morocco, but their preparations have been blighted by logistical problems.

VTV general secretary Nguyen Ha Nam had said on Wednesday that "we are the only TV station in Vietnam still negotiating with ISM for broadcasting license of 2018 World Cup but haven't been conclude because the price is simply too high".

Meanwhile bookmakers already putting the odds of Iran winning the global football event at 500 to 1.

There is a 31 percent chance that either Brazil or Germany - both heavy favorites to win their first-round groups - finish group runner-up, forcing a second-round knockout matchup between the two powers, according to Gracenote.

Among CONCACAF sides, Mexico are 15th as they prepare to contest the World Cup with Costa Rica up to 23rd and Panama stable at 55th.

If the Socceroos are to qualify for the round of 16, Mourinho has forecast they will play two-time World Cup winners Argentina, the team he thinks will sit atop Group D.

Germany, ranked number one as they seek to become the first back-to-back champions in 56 years, face opponents ranked 15th, 24th and 57th for a group average of 24.25, third-easiest on paper.

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