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With only one more match to play, the Iranian National team has already qualified for Russia 2018 World Cup without losing a game in any rounds of the qualifiers. How many teams which played in the qualifying rounds have made it to the World Cup without a single loss since the tournament expanded to 24 teams (that is since 1982 WC at Spain)?

8

1982

  • West Germany (8-0-0)
  • Soviet Union (6-2-0)
  • Poland (4-0-0)
  • Brazil (4-0-0)
  • Peru (2-2-0)
  • Chile (3-1-0)
  • Honduras (3-2-0)

1986

  • England (4-4-0)
  • Brazil (2-2-0)
  • Canada (5-3-0)
  • Algeria (5-1-0)

1990

  • Sweden (4-2-0)
  • England (3-3-0)
  • Netherlands (4-2-0)
  • West Germany (3-3-0)
  • Yugoslavia (6-2-0)
  • Belgium (4-4-0)
  • Brazil (3-1-0)
  • South Korea (9-2-0)

1994

  • Greece (6-2-0)
  • Colombia (4-2-0)
  • Saudi Arabia (6-5-0)

1998

  • Italy (6-4-0)
  • Norway (6-2-0)
  • Spain (8-2-0)
  • Romania (9-1-0)
  • Germany (6-4-0)
  • Tunisia (7-1-0)
  • Morocco (5-1-0)
  • Cameroon (4-2-0)

Side note: after CONMEBOL introduced the round-robin qualification format for World Cup 1998, no team from this confederation was able to qualify without a loss.

2002

  • Portugal (7-3-0)
  • Denmark (6-4-0)
  • Sweden (8-2-0)
  • Croatia (5-3-0)
  • Spain (6-2-0)
  • Italy (6-2-0)
  • Slovenia (6-6-0)
  • Tunisia (8-2-0)
  • South Africa (7-1-0)

2006

  • Netherlands (10-2-0)
  • Portugal (9-3-0)
  • France (5-5-0)
  • Serbia and Montenegro (6-4-0)
  • Croatia (7-3-0)
  • Spain (6-6-0)
  • Saudi Arabia (10-2-0)

2010

  • Germany (8-2-0)
  • Spain (10-0-0)
  • Italy (7-3-0)
  • Netherlands (8-0-0)
  • Nigeria (9-3-0)
  • Ivory Coast (8-4-0)
  • South Korea (7-7-0)

2014

  • Belgium (8-2-0)
  • Italy (6-4-0)
  • Germany (9-1-0)
  • Netherlands (9-1-0)
  • Switzerland (7-3-0)
  • England (6-4-0)
  • Spain (6-2-0)
  • Nigeria (5-3-0)
  • Ivory Coast (5-3-0)

2018

  • Iran (12-6-0)
  • Germany (10-0-0)
  • Spain (9-1-0)
  • Belgium (9-1-0)
  • England (8-2-0)
  • Tunisia (6-2-0)
  • Nigeria (5-3-0)
  • Senegal (5-3-0)

Note: bold indicates the teams winning all the qualification matches.

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