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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 7:21 pm    Post subject: World Cup 2014: Group A Reply with quote

Group A Preview



June 12 / 4pm EST: Brazil v Croatia
June 13 / 12pm EST: Mexico v Cameroon
June 17 / 3pm EST: Brazil v Mexico
June 18 / 6pm EST: Cameroon v Croatia
June 23 / 4pm EST: Croatia v Mexico
June 23 / 4pm EST: Cameroon v Brazil

Predicted Finish:

Brazil
Croatia
Mexico
Cameroon
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Brazil



Final Squad

Goalkeepers: Julio Cesar (Toronto), Jefferson (Botafogo), Victor (Atletico Miniero)
Defenders: Daniel Alves (FC Barcelona), Maicon (AS Roma), Marcelo (Real Madrid), Maxwell (Paris Saint Germain), Thiago Silva (Paris Saint Germain), David Luiz (Chelsea), Dante (Bayern Munich), Henrique (Napoli)
Midfielders: Luiz Gustavo (VfL Wolfsburg), Hernanes (Inter Milan), Paulinho (Tottenham), Ramires (Chelsea), Oscar (Chelsea), Fernandinho (Manchester City), Willian (Chelsea)
Forwards: Hulk (Zenit St. Petersburg), Neymar (FC Barcelona), Fred (Fluminense), Jô (Atletico Miniero), Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk)

Brazil are viewed by many as the favorites to take the trophy. As the host nation, Brazil had an automatic spot in the nation, but they were locks to make the tournament regardless. With David Luiz’s impending transfer to Paris Saint Germain, Brazil is set to have the two most expensive center backs in the world heading into the World Cup. Flanked by two attack minded fullbacks in Daniel Alves and Marcelo, it will be up to the two man midfield to provide cover for the two center backs. With a plethora of options such as Luiz Gustavo, Hernanes, Paulinho, Ramires, and Fernandinho, Brazil has plenty of options to provide cover for their fullbacks. The star of the Brazilian team is undoubtedly 22 year old forward Neymar. Able to play up top, out left, and on the right in a pinch, the Barcelona forward will be the key to Brazil’s World Cup hopes.

Player to Watch: Neymar



Neymar is Brazil’s talisman. Able to make wonderful runs, possessing great speed, and the ability to play across the front line, Neymar will be key for Brazil’s chances in this World Cup. Having moved to Barcelona at the beginning on the season for a disputed €57 million, Neymar went on to have a mixed season. Dealing with injuries, a new style of play, and of course, the issues surrounding his transfer amount, Neymar went on to finish the season with 16 goals and 14 assists across all competitions, Neymar had what could be called a successful debut. Neymar is far more successful with the Brazilian National Team, currently with 30 goals in just 47 appearances, and will certainly be looking to add to that impressive tally this summer.


Croatia



Preliminary Squad (Will update when finalized)

Goalkeepers: Stipe Pletikosa (FC Rostov), Danijel Subasic (AS Monaco FC), Oliver Zelenika (Lokomotiva)
Defenders: Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Dejan Lovren (Southampton), Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Gordon Schildenfeld (Panathinaikos), Danijel Pranjic (Panathinaikos), Ivan Strinic (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kyiv), Sime Vrsaljko (Genoa CFC), Igor Bubnjic (Udinese)
Midfielders: Luka Modric (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Sevilla), Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers), Ognjen Vukojevic (Dynamo Kyiv), Ivan Perisic (VfL Wolfsburg), Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan), Milan Badelj (Hamburg), Ivo Ilicevic (Hamburg), Marcelo Brozovic (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Mocinic (Rijeka), Mario Pasalic (Hajduk Split), Sammir (Getafe)
Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich), Ivica Olic (VfL Wolfsburg), Eduardo da Silva (Shakhtar Donetsk), Nikica Jelavic (Hull City), Ante Rebic (Fiorentina), Duje Cop (Dinamo Zagreb)

Croatia’s qualifying path was rough, to say the least. Under Igor Stimac, Croatia limped into a playoff spot, barely earning the final spot over Norway. Niko Kovac took over, leading Croatia to a 2-0 aggregate win over Iceland, sending Croatia into the World Cup. While Kovac only has three matches as manager under his belt, he has a solid gameplan for a Croatia team many expect to finish second in their group, with a possible run deep into the tournament ahead of them. The talent of this Croatia team lies in the midfield, with the rebirth of the famed “Golden Triangle” of the 1998 World Cup: Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric, and Mateo Kovacic. While Kovacic may not be an automatic starter in this tournament, he is certainly a player to keep an eye on, as he appears to be an integral part of any future success for Croatia.

Player to Watch: Ivan Rakitic



Currently plying his trade for Sevilla, the Swiss born Rakitic will be one of the hottest commodities this summer. Looked at as one of the key parts of the new “Golden Triangle” of the Croatian National Team, Rakitic will be key to any success Croatia has this World Cup. Rakitic has shown his skill at Sevilla, with 26 goals and 34 assists the past two seasons across all competitions. If Rakitic can keep up his blistering form, Croatia will be a force to be reckoned with this summer.
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PostPosted: Sun May 25, 2014 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mexico (Written by Broadway Joe)



Final Squad

Goalkeepers: Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Guillermo Ochoa (AC Ajaccio), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)
Defenders: Paul Aguilar (America), Miguel Layun (America), Diego Reyes (FC Porto), Rafael Marquez (Leon), Francisco Rodriguez (America), Hector Moreno (Espanyol), Carlos Salcido (UANL), Andres Guardado (Bayern Leverkusen)
Midfielders: Juan Carlos Medina (America), Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon), Isaac Brizuela (Toluca), Luis Montes (Leon), Carlos Pena (Leon), Marco Fabian (Cruz Azul), Hector Herrera (FC Porto)
Forwards: Raul Jimenez (America), Alan Pulido (UANL), Javier Hernandez (Manchester United), Giovani dos Santos (Villarreal), Oribe Peralta (America)


Had the World Cup been held in 2011 or 2012 Mexico's national team might have been a dark horse squad capable of reaching the coveted fifth game they've never been able to play; they were winning competitions such as the SUB-17, Gold Cup, Gold in the Olympics, 3rd place in the SUB 20 cup in those two years. But since 2013 for some reason the team fell apart in a big way and instead of arriving with momentum they've reached the World Cup in the most embarrassing way since 1990 by beating New Zealand for the last ticket and on top of that qualification would not have been possible if not for the help of their arch-rivals. El Tri has their work cut out for them and it will depend on Miguel "El Piojo" Herrera (who did a great job with Club America) to make the team go back to their good play and reach the round of sixteen.

Player to watch: Oribe Peralta



Mexico might not have a true player to watch but an interesting option is Oribe Peralta, a man who one day decided to start playing great after a mediocre career, it's like he flipped a switch and he went from scrub to the man who scored on Brasil in the first minute. Unfortunately he is too old to gather attention from European clubs. Oribe Peralta turned into Mexico's most complete and clutch forward his play was instrumental during El Tri's Olympic tournament and netted 16 goals since 2011.

Cameroon



Preliminary Squad (Will update when finalized)

Goalkeepers: Charles Itandje (Konyaspor), Ndy Assembe (Guingamp), Sammy Ndjock (Fethiyespor), Loic Feudjou (Coton Sport)
Defenders: Allan Nyom (Granada), Dany Nounkeu (Besiktas), Cedric Djeugoue (Coton Sport), Aurelien Chedjou (Galatasaray), Nicolas Nkoulou (Marseille), Armel Kana-Biyik (Rennes), Henri Bedimo (Lyon), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (Queens Park Rangers), Gaetang Bong (Olympiacos)
Midfielders: Eyong Enoh (Antalyaspor), Jean II Makoun (Rennes), Joel Matip (Schalke), Stephane Mbia (Sevilla), Landry Nguemo (Bordeaux), Alexandre Song (FC Barcelona), Cedric Loe (Osasuna), Edgar Salli (RC Lens)
Forwards: Samuel Eto'o (Chelsea), Eric Choupo Moting (Mainz 05), Benjamin Moukandjo (AS Nancy), Vincent Aboubakar (FC Lorient), Achille Webo (Fenerbahce), Mohamadou Idrissou (Kaiserslautern), Fabrice Olinga (Zulte Waregam)

Cameroon had an interesting qualifying path to the World Cup. A 2-0 loss to Togo was reversed after it was realized Togo played an ineligible player, the three points put Cameroon on top of the group, where they remained for the next two matches. They then drew Tunisia in the final qualifying round, winning 4-1 on aggregate. Cameroon has the toughest path in the group, although they do have the team to pull off an upset, such as Samuel Eto’o, Stephane Mbia, Alex Song, and Vincent Aboubakar.

Player to Watch: Vincent Aboubakar



22 year old Vincent Aboubakar burst onto the scene this past year, scoring 16 goals with 6 assists for FC Lorient in Ligue 1 this past season. Aboubakar is gathering a name for himself, with great athleticism to go with technical ability. He may not have featured prominently in qualifying, playing in only three matches, scoring in none, but after the season he’s had for FC Lorient, it will be hard to justify keeping him out of Cameroon’s match squad.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Group is pretty predictable.

Also didn't know BAE was from Cameroon
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dr. Philly wrote:
Group is pretty predictable.

Also didn't know BAE was from Cameroon


I expect Croatia to take second, but I can realistically see any of them finishing second. It's not as predictable a group as you may think.
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I'd argue it's very unpredictable. At least for spots 2-4.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Brazil and... probably the Croatia to go through. Croatia have some quality with Modric, Srna, Rakatic and co. I'd expect them to come second however, either Mexico or Cameroon are capable of scraping through to the round of 16.
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PostPosted: Mon May 26, 2014 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see this group as pretty predictable. Brazil should be one of the favorites in the entire tournament and I see Croatia as a step up from Mexico and Cameroon. It would be mildly surprising for me if Mexico or Cameroon were to beat out Croatia or Brazil for a spot in the elimination rounds.
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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Luis Montes scores a fantastic goal then 2 minutes later, looks like he may have broken his leg. Terrible break for Mexico.
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SUfbondarebound wrote:
Luis Montes scores a fantastic goal then 2 minutes later, looks like he may have broken his leg. Terrible break for Mexico.


Either bad word choice, or too soon. Wink Laughing


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the second spot is up for grabs. Could be any of the three teams.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 12, 2014 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Forgot Mandzukic is suspended for this game.

Can't see Croatia pulling a win without him, maybe a draw.
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yankee0724 wrote:
Forgot Mandzukic is suspended for this game.

Can't see Croatia pulling a win without him, maybe a draw.
Yeah, big loss but probably better to have him suspended in a game you will probably not get anything from than in one of the games against the other teams in Group A.
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Great write up dude. I'm getting into Soccer for the first time, and this helps out a lot.
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