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Highest number of OIC countries qualified for 2018 World Cup in history of the competition

Salaam Gateway | 11 June, 2018  Download |  Print

The FIFA World Cup starts on June 14 in Russia and this year, seven member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) qualified for the finals - the highest number since the start of the competition in 1930. 

The seven OIC countries in the finals this year are: Egypt, Iran, Morocco, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Tunisia. 

Prior to this year's finals, 2002 was also a good year for OIC countries. In 2002, six member states qualified for the finals in Japan and South Korea: Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia. 

In that year, Turkey made it to the semifinal, which was the furthest any OIC country has ever made it in the history of the FIFA World Cup. Turkey lost that game 0 - 1 to Brazil.

The OIC has a membership of 57 countries that are mostly Muslim-majority nations. It is the second largest inter-governmental organisation after the United Nations. In its own words, the OIC "endeavours to safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony among various people of the world."

Highest number of OIC countries qualified for 2018 World Cup in history of the competition