World Cup Group F Preview

Potential group of death?

Germany

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History

Germany have participated in 18 World Cups till date, their first came in 1934 while they have also won the competition on four occasions 1954, 74, 90, and 2014. 

Team Preview

Goalkeepers – Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Kevin Trapp (PSG), Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona)
Defenders – Marvin Plattenhardt (Hertha Berlin), Jonas Hector (FC Koln), Matthias Giner (Borussia Monchengladbach), Mats Hummels (Bayern Munich), Niklas Süle (Bayern Munich), Antonio Rudiger (Chelsea), Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)
Midfielders – Sami Khedira (Juventus), Julian Draxler (PSG), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mesut Özil (Arsenal), Thomas Müller (Bayern Munich), Leon Goretzka (Bayern Munich), Sebastian Rudy (Bayern Munich), Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester City)
Forwards – Timo Werner (RB Leipzig), Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund), Mario Gómez (Stuttgart)
Manager – Joachim Low
Most Caps – Thomas Müller (91)
Captain – Manuel Neuer 
Star Player – Thomas Müller

Analysis 

Reigning champions Germany go into this World Cup with a very different squad from four years ago. Low has taken several risks and major exclusions have been Gotze and Sane to name a few. Germany have played two friendlies, losing one and winning the other. They have looked shaky at times but they should be able to reach the round of 16 though I highly doubt Germany will be anywhere near the World Cup final. 

Mexico

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History

Mexico have made 15 appearances in the World Cup, their first came in 1930, while their highest finish has been to reach the quarter-finals in 1970, and 1986. 

Team Preview

Goalkeepers – José de Jesús Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liège), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
Defenders – Hugo Ayala (UANL), Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Rafael Márquez (Atlas), Diego Reyes (Porto), Héctor Moreno (Real Sociedad), Héctor Herrera (Porto), Edson Álvarez (América)
Midfielders – Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Miguel Layún (Sevilla), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Jesús Manuel Corona (Porto), Andrés Guardado (Real Betis), Javier Aquino (UANL), Jesús Gallardo (UNAM)
Forwards – Marco Fabián (Eintracht Frankfurt), Raúl Jiménez (Benfica), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC), Javier Hernández (West Ham), Oribe Peralta (América), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven)
Manager – Juan Carlos Osorio
Most Caps – Rafael Márquez, Andrés Guardado (145)
Captain – Andrés Guardado
Star Player – Javier Hernandez

Analysis

Mexico are part of tough group but excelled in qualification. They have a mixture of youth and experience in their squad and while Hernandez is the symbol and top scorer in the team, an eye should be kept on Hirving Lozano as well. Mexico played three friendlies in preparation, drawing the first, winning the second, and losing the third. Mexico might cause some surprises and while they are in a tough group I think they have the capability to reach the round of 16. 

Sweden

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History

Sweden have participated in eleven World Cups, their first came in 1934, and they finished second in 1958. It is Sweden’s first World Cup since 2006. 

Team Preview

Goalkeepers – Robin Olsen (Copenhagen), Karl-Johan Johnsson (Guingamp), Kristoffer Nordfeldt (Swansea City)
Defenders – Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Victor Lindelöf (Manchester United), Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar), Martin Olsson (Swansea City), Ludwig Augustinsson (Werder Bremen), Filip Helander (Bologna), Emil Krafth (Bologna), Pontus Jansson (Leads United)
Midfielders – Sebastian Larsson (Hull City), Albin Ekdal (Hamburger SV), Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig), Gustav Svensson (Seattle Sounders), Oscar Hiljemark (Genoa), Viktor Claesson (Krasnodar), Marcus Rohdén (Crotone), Jimmy Durmaz (Toulouse)
Forwards – Marcus Berg (Al Ain), John Guidetti (Alavés), Ola Toivonen (Toulouse), Isaac Kiese Thelin (Waasland-Beveren)
Manager – Janne Andersson
Most Caps – Sebastian Larsson (100)
Captain – Andreas Granqvist
Star Player – Emil Forsberg

Analysis

Its not going to be the same watching Sweden without Zlatan Ibrahimovic but this side has plenty of quality players to provide some exciting football. Sweden beat Italy in the playoffs to seal their position in the World Cup. Sweden have played three friendlies in preparation for the World Cup, they lost the first and drew the next two. Sweden will find it difficult to get out of the group but the quality of the teams should make their games fun to watch. 

Korea Republic

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History

South Korea have participated in nine World Cups, their first came in 1954, and they managed to finish 4th in 2002, a World Cup which they co-hosted with Japan. 

Team Preview

Goalkeepers – Kim Seung-gyu (Vissel Kobe), Kim Jin-hyeon (Cerezo Osaka), Cho Hyun-woo (Daegu FC)
Defenders – Lee Yong (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Jung Seung-hyun (Sagan Tosu), Oh Ban-suk (Jeju United), Yun Young-sun (Seongnam FC), Park Joo-ho (Ulsan Hyundai), Kim Min-woo (Sangju Sangmu), Hong Chul (Sanju Sangmu), Kim Young-gwon (Guangzhou Evergrande), Jang Hyun-soo (FC Tokyo), Go Yo-han (FC Seoul)
Midfielders – Ju Se-jong (Asan Mugunghwa), Lee Seung-woo (Hellas Verona), Koo Ja-cheol (FC Augsburg), Jung Woo-young (Vissel Kobe), Ki Seung-yeung (Swansea), Lee Jae-sung (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Moon Seon-min (Incheon United)
Forwards – Son Heung-min (Tottenham), Kim Shin-wook (Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors), Hwang Hee-chan (Red Bull Salzburg)
Manager – Shin Tae-Yong
Most Caps – Ki Seung-yeung (101)
Captain – Ki Seung-yeung
Star Player – Son Heung-min

Analysis

South Korea always provide some entertaining football and they have some quality players in midfield and attack. South Korea played four friendlies in preparation for the World Cup, winning the first and then drawing one and losing two. Getting through the group might be a tough ask for the side but if they were to provide some shocks against Mexico and Sweden then maybe they could reach the round of 16. 

 

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