FIFA World Cup 2014 GROUP G Preview
Three time champions and seven time runners-up Germany will be another star packed team. Manager Joachim Loew will stick to his 4-2-3-1 combination. Bastion Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira will control midfield, and look for assistance from Mesut Ozil, Maren Reus and Thomas Mueller. The veteran Miroslav Klose is just one goal away from Ronaldo’s record of 15 World Cup goals. The World number 2 will be led by Philipp Lahm.
World number 4 Portugal is also expected to qualify for next round. Being led by Cristiano Ronaldo, and with the likes of Pepe and Moutinho, they will be a force to reckon with.
There will be high hopes from Ghana. They surprised all by reaching quarters in 2010. Problem is that they are pitted against top European teams. They are in good form, winning five out of six matches in African qualifiers.
United States will find it tough to play against giants. Playing their seventh World Cup in succession, their best was reaching quarters back in 2002. They are having major concerns with their defense. Captain Clint Dempsey will lead the attack, taking all burden with him.
FIFA World Cup 2014 GROUP H Preview
With a group having Belgium, Algeria, Russia and South Korea, it will be tough to say who is gonna make it to top two.
Belgium gave a series of controlled game throughout the qualifying, defense was extremely superb. Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini and Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany are two players who are expected to come good for this team. Thomas Vermaelen, Kevin De Bruyne, Nacer Chadli and Marouane Fellaini are the players who would carry burden of their team.
Algeria, will be playing in their fourth World Cup. Algerians has a chance of qualifying for the knockouts. This will create a new chapter in the their history. The team will hope to reach the knockouts for the first time with nice standards.
Russia, placed at 18th rank, will also try to get into knockouts in Brazil as the next edition in 2018 will be held in their home. The side led by ex-England managed Fabio Capello, who have only qualified two times for the World Cup since the breakup of the Soviet Union, will try their best to qualify for the knock-outs for the maiden time.
South Korea can be a surprise package of this group. The Asians shocked all when they reached the semi-finals at home in 2002 World Cup. Hong Myung-bo, who was named by Pele in 2003 as one of the greatest 125 living footballers will be a player to look for. He also led South Korea to a bronze medal at the London Olympics in 2012. Will his magic show continue in Brazil too?