Only, 4 days are left for the World Cup. Yesterday we did a preview on Group C and Group D, today Sports Flashes will be previewing Group E and Group F. GROUP-E
Brazil have the most balanced squad of the World Cup, 2018. They have team debth everywhere- being it goal-keeper, striker or midfield. Brazil are managed by Tite who has turned Brazil from flops to favourites.
Brazil have their full squad except their right back Dani Alves, he got injured in the final of Coupe De France. Brazil won the South-American qualifying round ahead of the likes of Argentina, Uruguay or Chile.
Brazil in 2014 World Cup lost to Germany in an embarrassing 7-1 loss in the semi-finals. The loss showed the dependency of Brazil on Neymar who missed the game due to injury. Though, this time around Brazil have a well balanced and good team all over the pitch.
Player to Watch- Neymar
Switzerland last won a World Cup knockout game in 1954, and that was just in a group play-off as host nation. Their goal this time will be to finish in quarter-finals of the Tournament.
They have a good team with the likes of Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri and Stephan Lichsteiner(captain). They are managed by Vladimir Petkovic who replaced 2 times Champions League winner Ottmar Hitzfeld.
Critics can pick holes in how the Swiss qualified: Nine straight wins in a weak group, and a play-off against Northern Ireland decided by a dubious penalty call.
Key Player- Manuel Akanji
Costa Rica reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup four years ago losing to Netherlands on a penalty shootout in Brazil. This will be the 5th World Cup for Costa Rica. They will hope they can replicate the performance they showed in the last World Cup.
Keylor Navas is the main man of their team. They will play backs to the wall football. If, they want to succeed and make an impression in Russia their manager Oscar Ramirez will hope Navas can have another brilliant World Cup like last time around.
Player to watch- Bryan Ruiz
Serbia cruised through their qualifying group by scoring the most goals in their group. Serbia has a very exciting squad with the likes of Nemanja Matic, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Branislav Ivanovic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic.
This is the 2nd time Serbia will be qualifying to the World Cup after their independence in 2006.
Slavoljub Muslin was removed as coach despite the successful qualifying campaign, with Mladen Krstajic placed in temporary command.
Player to watch out- Segej Milikovic-Savic
The current World Champions retain the core of the squad that helped them in winning the World Cup in Brazil, 2014. Germany are again of the favourites to win the World Cup. They have a good mixture of players that are experienced and the players that are young and hungry.
Germany are managed by Joachim Low who’s decision of omitting Leroy Sane from the final World Cup squad came under scrutiny. World Cup qualifying was completed with 10 wins from 10 and a European-record 43 goals.
Player to watch- Timo Werner
Mexico are always the surprise package of the World Cup. Even Mexico fans don’t know of what to expect from their team. Mexico were impressive in their qualifying campaign as they qualified for the World Cup with 3 games to go.
Mexico were also impressive in previous World Cup, reaching the quarter finals in Brazil, 2014.
Mexico’s arch rivals USA failed to qualify for the World Cup.
Player to watch- Hirving Lozano
Sweden shocked Italy by beating them and qualifying for the World Cup in Russia. After the game Zlatan tweeted ‘We are Zweden’. It will be weird to see Sweden without Zlatan Ibrahimovic. The shadow of Zlatan hangs over the national team.
Although, Sweden has looked united as a team without Zlatan Ibrahimovic, he can do stuff no-other Swedish player can do.
Emile Forsberg is the main man of the team without Zlatan.
Player to watch- Emile Forsberg
There has not been a single World Cup since 1986 without South Korea. They got eliminated in the group stages of the tournament in 2014 and you can expect a similar outcome this time around.
Qualifying was tricky, with a place only secured thanks to a tense 0-0 draw against fellow qualifying contenders Uzbekistan on the final day of the Asian group stages, combined with Syria's failure to beat Iran.
South Korea will depend on a trio of English Premier League players - Tottenham's Son Heung-min, Swansea's Ki Sung-yeung and Crystal Palace's Lee Chung-yong - who bring valuable experience of top-level football.