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The other notable qualifying streaks broken were for Ghana and Ivory Coast, who had both made the previous three tournaments.The 32 teams were drawn into 8 groups of 4, by selecting one team from each of the 4 ranked pots.
Notable countries that failed to qualify include four-time champions Italy (for the first time since 1958), three-time runners-up and third placed in 2014 the Netherlands (for the first time since 2002), and four reigning continental champions: 2017 Africa Cup of Nations winners Cameroon, two-time Copa América champions and 2017 Confederations Cup runners-up Chile, 2016 OFC Nations Cup winners New Zealand, and 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup champions United States (for the first time since 1986).
Russia won the right to be the 2018 host in the second round of voting.
The Portugal/Spain bid came second, and that from Belgium/Netherlands third.
Garcia, was withheld from public release by Hans-Joachim Eckert, FIFA's head of adjudication on ethical matters.
Eckert instead released a shorter revised summary, and his (and therefore FIFA's) reluctance to publish the full report caused Garcia to resign in protest.
England, which was bidding to host its second tournament, was eliminated in the first round.