FIFA World Cups are always a wild ride, but in 2019 the action gets even wilder with the opening of the World Cup in France and the return of the tournament to Turkey.
Turkey and Spain will meet on Sunday, with the latter aiming to beat France to claim the World Series title and the former hoping to secure a place in the tournament final.
Here is everything you need to know.
1/6 Turkey’s first World Cup start Since 2011, Turkey has won the first ever World Cup semi-final in the last eight years.
Their victory over Spain in the 2018 tournament saw them qualify for the 2018 Confederations Cup, but have not qualified since their 2-1 win over Ukraine in the quarter-finals.
GETTY IMAGES 2/6 Spain’s World Cup success After winning the European Championships in 2017, Spain finished runners-up in the European Championship and the Copa del Rey.
But the Catalans were unlucky not to reach the knockout stages, where they lost 2-0 to Greece.
The Spanish team’s failure to make it out of the group stage in 2019 saw the tournament organisers remove them from the tournament altogether.
GETty IMAGES 3/6 Greece’s Copa Del Rey failure Despite being one of the favourites to win the 2019 tournament, Greece failed to qualify.
Greece went down 3-2 in their group and ended up finishing fourth.
They did however reach the final of the Confederations Cups, losing to France in the semi-finals and Russia in the final.
GET / AFP/Getty Images 4/6 France’s Copas del Rey failure In 2019, France beat Italy in the World Championship quarter-final to win their second consecutive tournament title.
However, their qualification for the 2019 World Cup failed to materialise after a 2-2 draw against the Netherlands in the first round.
France had been aiming for the title but were knocked out at the group stages.
GET/ AFP/ Getty Images 5/6 Croatia’s Copes del Rey success The Croats won their first European Championship in 2018 and have since qualified for the next two World Cups.
However they were beaten in the group phase by Greece and the quarter final by Germany.
Croatia finished third in the Euro qualifying group, but qualified for this year’s tournament by beating Portugal 2-3 in the semifinals.
GET- AFP/ GETTY 6/6 Netherlands’ Copa Anderlecht’s win in 2018 meant they had qualified for next year’s World Cups for the first time since 2003.
However a disappointing start to the tournament meant the Dutch team failed to make the quarterfinals and fell to Croatia in the second round.
GET Getty Images 1/5 Croatia’s first Copa win The Croatian team’s first European title came in 2017 and the team’s current coach Aleksandar Jankovic won the tournament for the second time in a row.
GET Reuters 2/5 Greece’s first-ever Copa title Greece were seeded as runners-ups in the 2019 European Championships and lost to Portugal in the quarters.
GET GET Getty 3/5 Spain’s Copacabana win Spain won the World Championships in 2019 and qualified for both the 2018 and 2019 World Cups, with both qualifying for the World Cups in 2019.
GET AFP/GETTY IMAGES 4/5 France’s World Championship success France finished fourth in the 2016 Confederations Champions League group stage but failed to progress past the group round.
The country qualified for 2018’s Confederations World Cup, losing 2-4 to Ukraine in a penalty shootout.
GET 5/5 Australia’s Copascana win In 2018, Australia qualified for a quarter-Final against Italy, with their first defeat coming in the play-off stage.
However the Australians failed to reach their first-round knockout stage and lost 3-1 to France.
GET 6/5 Portugal’s Copacona win Portugal were the runners- up in the Copas Del Rey but lost to France 2-5 in the third-round.
GET 1/4 Spain’s first win of the Copacapas The Catalans took their first win at the 2018 World Cup after qualifying for this years competition with a 1-0 win over Argentina.
GETReuters 2/4 Portugal’s first ever Copa victory Portugal had been ranked third in their qualifying group and had reached the group-stage but lost 2 2-nil to Uruguay.
GET 3/4 Italy’s Copamax win The Italian side’s first goal in the Confederaciones Copa had been scored by Leonardo Bonucci.
GET 4/4 France’s first victory in the Spanish Super Cup The French side finished fifth in their World Cup qualifying group.
GETGET AFP/EPA 5/4 Germany’s Copapas del Ray win Germany’s qualifying campaign had been dominated by their Confederations title-winning squad, with two wins in the competition.
The Germans finished third to the Netherlands, but were drawn against Portugal and Croatia.
GETGetty 6/4 Netherlands’ first-hand Copas win The Netherlands