The 4 years long waiting for FIFA World Cup 2018 is about to end. The stage for a fabulous quadrennial event has been set for the festivity. Russia for the first time will be honored as hosting side in this world cup. Audience is already traveling to capture the nail biting experience of clash between the biggest teams from around the globe. Now I will catch your eye on details about Group E.
The most prestigious Brazil team takes the count of Group E. Brazil will bear the tag of hot favorite. But it is a long walk yet. Every other team of the Group E included Switzerland, Serbia and Costa Rica are ready to challenge any team on their way.
In world cup finals every team are threat to their fellow group contender. All 4 teams qualify with pretty good track record.
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FIFA World Cup Group E Teams:
The most successful team of FIFA World Cup, Brazil has been here to erase the memory of last tournament in 2014. They were knocked out then against Germany by 7-1. But in this World Cup the Brazil team has been reformed by their coach Bacchi popularly nicknamed Tite. He owns the capability to make a team harmonious and hard working. He always believed in hard worker than the gifted talent.
Brazil has already displayed a great show in the grinding North American qualifier. They were the best in scoring as well as defending. Gabriel Jesus topped the score sheet while Neymar on assists. Marcelo and Alves are the best pair of defender in the world.
Firmino, Paulinho, Augusto will lead the midfield and Coutinho will be another one in front line. Don’t underestimate the bench where Willian, Oscar is waiting to set a mark.
Brazil will top the group with an eye in the trophy.
Switzerland is playing gleeful in recent days. They got some stars from English league, Serie A and Bundesliga. Xerdan Shaqiri is their key player playing in Stoke deserves better club next season. Granit Xhaka from Arsenal, Stephen Lichtsteiner and Yann Sommer will back up their front. The best part of this team they had 14 players scored in qualifying round and the top scorer was Haris Saferovic another key player for Switzerland. So it is expected that Switzerland will be second in the points table.
Serbia had some scratch in 1930 and 1962 FIFA World Cup as they achieved fourth place in both occasions. Apart from that they were not able to advance to the round of 16 from 1998. Nowadays the Serbs’are enriched by some extraordinary performers like Aleksander Kolarov (AS Roma), Branislav Ivanovic (Zenit St Petersburg) and Nemanja Matic (Manchester United). Malden Krstajic the new manager who has served his country in 59 occasions will lead his team. Though we don’t underestimate the talent of this team, the age of superstars might be a concern. If they can victor this verdict I will place them in third.
Costa Rica might be the surprise package of FIFA World Cup 2018 if they can continue their form of 2014.They had topped the table from the death group of 2014 World Cup defeating the giants Uruguay and Italy. They also achieved a 0-0 draw against England. In the round of 16 Greece was beaten in a penalty shootout. The success of Costa Rica had been ceased by Netherland in quarter final
Keylor Navas is the key player of Costa Rica and the first choice in his club as well as country. Joel Campbell and Marcus Urena will play an important role for the present team. But the reality is hard enough for Costa Rica to make it next round in this summer.
Group E Fixtures:
- Sunday, 17 June 2018 – 14.00 – Costa Rica vs Serbia – Samara Arena, Samara
- Sunday, 17 June 2018 – 20.00 – Brazil vs Switzerland – Rostov Arena, Rostov on Don
- Friday, 22 June 2018 – 14.00 – Brazil vs Costa Rica – Saint Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg
- Friday, 22 June 2018 – 20.00 – Switzerland vs Serbia – Kaliningrad Stadium, Kaliningrad
- Wednesday, 27 June 2018 – 14.00 – Brazil vs Serbia – Spartak Stadium, Moscow
- Wednesday, 27 June 2018 – 20.00 – Switzerland vs Costa Rica – Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod
It is easy to say Brazil will be in top of the table. The problem where will the other three be placed? My best choice for the second place is Switzerland or Serbia if Costa Rica fails to create any hitch.
Costa Rica has appeared in these events for five times and they got Brazil 3 times as their teammate. So they are not very upset to find a hard group. If you compare the group with the FIFA World Cup 2014 they are in an easy group with a great chance to qualify for the next round.
Other than that Serbia and Switzerland will fight for the second and third position.