Yes, while everyone's focusing on potential World Cup investments, Russia has a major tournament on its hands in only 2.5 years' time. For their sake, I hope the ruble pulls out of its current tailspin... For the first time (at least since FIFA consolidated it as the quadrennial pregame for the World Cup), a confederation will have three representatives in this tournament. My best guess is that Russia [hosts] and Germany [world champions] will be the top seed in Groups A and B respectively, leaving the last UEFA representative available to be drawn in either group. A quick guide as to the remaining qualifiers: AFC: The winner of the ongoing 2015 Asian Cup in Australia, to be decided on January 31. CONMEBOL: The winner of the 2015 Copa América in Chile this June. CONCACAF: If the United States wins the 2015 Gold Cup in July, then we will go straight to the Confederations Cup. Otherwise, the US (2013 Gold Cup winners) and the 2015 champions will play a one-game decider, tentatively in October, for the Confederations Cup ticket. UEFA: The winner of the 2016 Euro in France; or the runner-up if Russia or Germany win the tournament. No clue what happens if the final is Russia-Germany, though. FIFA takes advantage of the situation to shoehorn in World Cup runners-up Argentina? (...ahem, assuming they don't win the Copa América...) OFC: The winner of the 2016 OFC Nations Cup/WCQ tournament, tentatively set to finish in November 16 (if New Zealand don't win the final-round group early). CAF: The winner of the 2017 African Cup of Nations in January-February.