Sunday 26th May 2019

World Cup Group F Preview: Germany Leads Strong Group That Includes Mexico

World Cup Group F Preview: Germany Leads Strong Group That Includes Mexico

We proceed our 2018 World Cup group previews with Group F today, the place Germany begins its title protection in a troublesome group that options big slayers Sweden and Mexico, which all the time appears to return out of the group stage with success solely to falter on the subsequent step.

Earlier [autotag]2018 World Cup[/autotag] Group Breakdowns:

Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D

KEY PLAYERS TO WATCH

TONI KROOS, GERMANY

It’s Toni Kroos’ time. The star midfielder and orchestrator for Actual Madrid ought to be the centerpiece of the German assault as they attempt to defend their title. Kroos has developed into among the best all-round gamers within the recreation and is on the coronary heart of Actual Madrid’s assault. He ought to quickly be within the dialog for top-of-the-line footballers within the phrase (a place which appears to have been held in perpetuity by Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi).

EMIL FORSBERG, SWEDEN

(Photograph by Nils Petter Nilsson/Ombrello/Getty Photographs)

Emil Forsberg is the face of Swedish soccer within the submit-Zlatan world, and Sweden has obtained its biggest worldwide success in over a era by eliminating each the Netherlands and Italy in reaching the World Cup. The 26-yr-previous Forsberg starred for RB Liepzig and is an all-round participant on the wing who can facilitate teammates and rating objectives. He will probably be a scorching goal on the switch market and will improve that demand with an incredible event (might Arsenal have an interest?)
HIRVING LOZANO, MEXICO
Sure, there are maybe greater names on the Mexico roster, however the 22-yr-previous Hirving Lozano might show to be the most important star over the subsequent few years, and will have his breakout on the World Cup. The winger moved from the Mexican League to PSV Eindhoven final yr and scored 17 objectives, and now he’s a goal of larger golf equipment in England. He’s been linked to each Everton and Chelsea within the EPL and may have a chance to introduce himself to a bigger viewers if he can get into the lineup and develop into an X-issue.

THE PARTICIPANTS

GERMANY

World Cup Finals Appearances: 18
Greatest Finishes: Champions in 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014
FIFA World Rank: 1

There are nations with extra particular person stars enjoying on the highest ranges in Europe getting into this World Cup, however it’s all the time foolhardy to rule out the German squad within the World Cup. They gained their fourth title in Brazil 4 years in the past, and have reached the World Cup Last in precisely half of the World Cups they’ve entered submit-World Struggle II. They depend on the collective spirit and teamwork and shall be one of many favorites once more in Russia.
In a shock transfer, Joachim Low unnoticed one of many brightest younger gamers, Leroy Sané of Manchester Metropolis, from his last World Cup roster. The attacking group will largely function veterans of worldwide play, from Toni Kroos to World Cup veterans like Thomas Muller and Mesut Ozil. Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been sidelined for eight months with damage however was added and anticipated to be a part of the title protection. The defensive again line may have a number of extra new faces becoming a member of Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng. Joshua Kimmich of Bayern Munich is the most important new star at proper again, and appears like this era’s inheritor obvious to Philip Lahm.
MEXICO

 

Earlier World Cup Finals Appearances: 15
Greatest End: Quarterfinals in 1970 and 1986 (each performed in Mexico)
FIFA World Rank: 15

Optimism is excessive for El Tri, as they attempt to advance previous the Spherical of sixteen for the primary time since 1986, after six straight knockout spherical defeats. The group, although, presents a tough street to get to the subsequent spherical, as Sweden and South Korea are each able to development, and Germany has not did not advance in any World Cup with a gaggle stage. Getting Germany within the opener means a troublesome begin and a attainable uphill climb to advance during the last two matches.

For the primary time, a majority of Mexican gamers within the World Cup play professionally outdoors Mexico. Javier Hernandez (Chicarito) paces the assault, together with different veterans Andres Guardado, Giovani Dos Santos, and Carlos Vela. Rafa Marquez, at age 39, is again on the roster for one final time on protection. Guillermo Ochoa, who was unbelievable within the final World Cup, will probably be again in aim.

 

SWEDEN

Earlier World Cup Finals Appearances: eleven
Greatest End: Finalists in 1958, Semifinalists in 1938, 1950, and 1994
FIFA World Rank: 23

Sweden have been big killers in qualifying, first knocking out the Netherlands by ending 2nd behind France in European Qualifying. Then, they took out Italy within the playoff to advance to the World Cup Finals. Sweden final reached the World Cup in 2006 the place they misplaced within the Spherical of sixteen to Germany.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic won’t be a part of the World Cup squad, simply as he was not a part of the qualifying run. In a European model of the Ewing Concept, Sweden lastly broke via with out the growing older star. Sweden is now led by Emil Forsberg, who performs for RB Liepzig within the Bundesliga, and has been named Swedish midfielder of the yr every of the final two seasons. Marcus Berg led the group in objectives through the qualifying marketing campaign, with eight. Manchester United’s Victor Lindelöf will anchor the again line, and the defensive cohesion and teamwork is what acquired them right here after consecutive clear sheets towards Italy to tug the stunner.
SOUTH KOREA

Earlier World Cup Finals Appearances: 9
Greatest Finishes:
 Semifinalists in 2002
FIFA World Rank: sixty one

South Korea has now superior to their ninth straight World Cup Finals look, final lacking in 1982. The best success got here on house soil once they surprised Spain and Italy on the best way to the semifinals earlier than dropping to Germany. The one different time they superior out of the group stage was 2010, and they are going to be determined underdogs in popping out of this group.

The workforce might be led by captain Ki Sung-yueng (of Swansea) and ahead Solar Heung-min of Tottenham. They have been underwhelming in World Cup qualifying, popping out of the better of the 2 Asian teams, and ending 2nd behind Iran by 9 factors. The Taegeuk Warriors may have tempo and a few attacking means up entrance and may be harmful in area; the questions will come on the again finish and defending towards opponent set items.

 

MATCH SCHEDULE

June 17: Germany vs. Mexico (Moscow), eleven a.m. ET/eight a.m. PT

June 18: Sweden vs. South Korea (Nizhny Novgorod), eight a.m. ET/5 a.m. PT

June 23: Mexico vs. South Korea (Rostov-on-Don), eleven a.m. ET/eight a.m. PT

June 23: Germany vs. Sweden (Sochi), 2 p.m. ET/eleven a.m. PT

June 27: Germany vs. South Korea (Kazan), 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT

June 27: Mexico vs. Sweden (Yekaterinburg), 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT

THE ODDS

ALL ODDS TO WIN GROUP VIA ODDSCHECKER (PERCENTAGE CHANCE TO ADVANCE IN PARENTHESES)

GERMANY four/9 (ninety one%)

MEXICO thirteen/2 (forty eight%) 

SWEDEN forty two/5 (forty three%)

SOUTH KOREA 20/1 (18%)

 

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