Within a few days the world’s biggest soccer event FIFA World Cup 2018 is going to end the countdown. All of the teams have already announced their squads assuring their targets. Media is busy in news and views of 32 qualifiers for the finals. People are eagerly waiting to witness the clash of titans. Predictions and previews are available everywhere for the groups, teams and superstars.
I am here giving you a chance of deep notion to anticipate about Group F. This world cup draw ended without any so called group of death. But the group F is well balanced. Now let’s take a look what they got…
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World Cup 2018 Group F Teams
Germany, of course the reigning champion, will defend their trophy. Germany is one of the triumphant and most consistent football team in the world. They always appeared as the best team other than a one man show. Germany always shows the team spirit with moderate star players. They have 18 appearances and played 14 semifinals with 4 times champion. If they can hold their trophy in 2018 it will be the record since 1962 when Brazil was successful to defend. Don’t forget the curse of champion. Most of the times champions lost the way early as defending champion.
Though Germany will miss the star players Philip Lahm, Bastian Shwensteiger, Miroslav Klose, Lucas Podoloski, Per Mertsacker from 2014 FIFA World Cup, the new team already proved their feet in big tournaments like Confederation Cup in 2017. They have scored 43 goals in 10 games while conceded only four. They faced two draw matches against England in Wembley and France at home. There is no doubt Manual Neuer is one of the best Goalkeepers in the world. They also got Matt Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Tony Kroos to make it a crusher team against others. Arsenal winger Mesut Ozil won the best player award in Germany 5 times in last 7 years. Another new sensation is Timo Werner who already scored 7 goals in qualifying round. Thomas Muller another big star cast known as the player of big tournament have the chance of breaking the record of most goals in FIFA World Cup. He needs 7 more goals to establish a new record. And the touch of Joachim Low has changed the Team Germany after 2006. He will face sweet competition of players in his squad.
So, without any hesitation, considering Germany will top the table of Group F.
Mexico is one of the consistent qualifiers in FIFA World cup since 1986. They have won the Concacaf Cup for ten times. But the surprising fact is that they haven’t been able to scratch in the biggest soccer tournament of the world. Nevertheless Mexico is a giant killer and eager to step on at least round 16. My runner up choice and prediction goes for Mexico in this group. Most of the players who will enrich the team has helped Mexico the Gold in 2012 Olympic. Javier Hernandez nicknamed Chicharito is the biggest star of Mexico team. He is just two goals short to be the greatest goal scorer for Mexico. But his form in West Hum for this season has not been up to the mark as he scores only 5 goals in all season. Carlos Vela is another key player in midfield for Mexico. He had a glorious career in Real Sociedad – played 250 matches and scored 70 goals.
Mexico has led the point table in qualifying stage. The strongest area of Mexico is there defense. They have conceded only one goal which was from penalty against El Salvador. Guillermo Ochua, one of the best goalkeepers of the world will lead the defense. Jesus Corona the top scorer in qualifying round for Mexico need to be in spectacular form helping his team passing the group stage.
Sweden has played FIFA World Cup final once. But they appeared for the first time in this World Cup 2018 since 2006 qualifying after struggling matches from a seriously tough group. They assured the elimination of Netherlands beating them by goal difference. After that they upset Italy in playoffs to qualify for final stage. But Sweden will also miss their star player Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Marcus Beg the young ones are ready to fill the place of Ibrahimovic. He scored 8 goals just double than any other Swedish scorer. Emil Forsberg the new star of RB Leipzeig and one of the biggest stars in Bundesliga is also waiting for a breakthrough in his first appearance of a World Cup. The defence of Sweden has contributed most for their qualifying in this tournament final stage. Victor Lindelof the 23 year old defender of Manchester United is the key player who might play in center or on the right.
But after all of that it is really tough for them to be in second replacing Mexico.
This is the 9th consecutive appearance for South Korea in FIFA World Cup Finals. They are the dark horse of this sterner group. A draw or lose for big guns against South Korea can interpret the table undefined. Every team has to respect South Korea as a surprise package. They were 4th in the 2002 World Cup Final as the host of that event. They have finished the qualifying just after Iran from their group.
However they are consistently losing points away from home. The premier league players will be the key for South Korea Team. Their biggest star will be Totten ham striker Heung Min Son who is in good touch in this season. Koo Ja-cheol and Ji Dong-won play for Germany in Augsburg. Another two key player Ki Sung Yeung and Lee Chong-yong perform well for their respective team in premier league.
Though South Korea is not in count, they have spirit rise against odds to quarter final and even in semi might possible for this enthusiastic team.
Fixture of FIFA World Cup 2018 Group F
|Day & Date||Match||Venue|
|Sunday June 17||Germany v Mexico||Moscow (Luzhniki)|
|Monday June 18||Sweden v South Korea||Nizhny Novgorod|
|Saturday June 23||Germany v Sweden||Sochi|
|Saturday June 23||South Korea v Mexico||Rostov-on-Don|
|Wednesday June 27||South Korea v Germany||Kazan|
|Wednesday June 27||Mexico v Sweden||Ekaterinburg|