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World Cup 2018- Preview

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World Cup 2018- Preview

Russia will be hosting this year's World Cup.

Russia will be hosting this year's World Cup.

Russia will be hosting this year's World Cup.

Russia will be hosting this year's World Cup.

Eamon Gara Grady, Staff Writer

FIFA World Cup 2018- Russia

The 20th FIFA World Cup kicks off tomorrow, June 14th in Moscow Russia, in a match between the hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia. Although this game might be a snooze fest, this electric tournament will not be. Below I created an overview of each group, with expected placings in parentheses (only the top two from each advance) and star players following the arrows. Check it out and get ready for a wild month of high flying soccer action!

Mohamed Salah scored 32 goals in the BPL this season, winning the Golden Boot and PFA Player of the Year

 

  • Group A
  • OVERVIEW: Group A is one of the weakest groups at this year’s tournament. Russia likely would not have qualified if they were  not hosting. Saudi Arabia and Egypt are very unproven; with Uruguay being the only perennial powerhouse with the likes of Suarez and Cavani at forward. Uruguay should blow through this group with ease, and Egypt should be able to scrape by with PFA Player of the Year Mohamed Salah, although his shoulder injury may pave the way for a Russian round of 16 birth.
  • Russia (3)➝ Fyodor Smolov
  • Saudi Arabia (4)➝ Mohamed Al-Sahlawi
  • Egypt (2)➝ Mohamed Salah
  • Uruguay (1)➝ Luis Suárez

 

 

Coming off of a third straight UCL title, Ronaldo will be looking to add to his trophy cabinet

  • Group B
  • OVERVIEW: Group B contains the CR7’s 2016 Euro Champion, Portugal side, who are very underwhelming in World Cup play. But one of our generation’s GOATs is not going to let his country lose out in the Group. Portugal should have a little easier of a job following Spain’s controversial sacking of their manager Julen Lopetegui two days before the tournament begins; but this dominant squad are too good to not win the group. Morocco and Iran are solid teams who would have a half decent chance advancing if they weren’t placed with the two Iberian super powers.
  • Portugal (2)➝ Cristiano Ronaldo
  • Spain (1)➝ Marco Asensio
  • Morocco (4)➝ Hakim Ziyech
  • Iran (3)➝ Sardar Azmoun

 

 

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Pogba and company are a joy to watch

 

  • Group C
  • OVERVIEW: Group C is extremely interesting, as the captains of France, Australia and Denmark all successfully petitioned FIFA’s ban of Peruvian captain Paolo Guerrero from the World Cup due to a positive doping test. France is the most exciting team in the world with the likes of Pogba, Mbappe, Dembele and their star Antoine Griezmann. With all of this young firepower France should easily secure the group, with the defensively dominant Peru taking second.
  • France (1)➝ Antoine Griezmann
  • Australia (4)➝ Aaron Mooy
  • Peru (2)➝ Paolo Guerrero
  • Denmark (3)➝ Christian Eriksen

 

 

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The GOAT is looking to find silverware in Argentina’s colors

  • Group D
  • OVERVIEW: Group D is the home of the GOAT. Leo Messi and Argentina are favorites to compete for the World Cup following their heartbreaking loss to Germany four years ago. The rest of the teams in this group are extremely solid. Croatia has one of the best midfields in the world, Nigeria has explosie attacking play and fire kits; but Iceland has an unrivaled fan base and Skol chant that will power them through to the round of 16.
  • Argentina (1)➝ Lionel Messi
  • Iceland (2)➝ Gylfi Sigurdsson
  • Croatia (3)➝ Luka Modric
  • Nigeria (4)➝ Victor Moses

 

 

Neymar is one of the flashiest players to ever kick a ball, and is hoping to deliver Brazil World Cup glory after a failure at home four years ago

  • Group E
  • OVERVIEW: Group E hosts World Cup favorites Brazil, who bolster a young attack that may be more exciting than France. Costa Rica, Serbia and Switzerland are all very solid squads, but Los Ticos should be able to power into the round of 16 and hopefully father like in Brazil four years prior.
  • Brazil (1)➝ Neymar
  • Switzerland (3)➝ Xherdan Shaqiri
  • Costa Rica (2)➝ Keylor Navas
  • Serbia (4)➝ Nemanja Matic

 

 

The defending champs are a machine to be feared

  • Group F
  • OVERVIEW: Group F has the defending champ Germany, who is built like a tank, with enough depth to leave Leroy Sane home. They have very few weakness and are expected to lift back to back titles. Once again the bottom three of this group are all solid, but I expect Mexico’s fluidity to push them past the Zlatan-less Sweden and weaker South Korea.
  • Germany (1)➝ Thomas Mueller
  • Mexico (2)➝ Chicharito
  • Sweden (4)➝ Marcus Berg
  • South Korea (3)➝ Heung Min Son

 

 

KDB is a genius, coming off a historic 100 point BPL season with Manchester City, he is poised to deliver a cup to Belgium

  • Group G
  • OVERVIEW: Group G has two very exciting sides that American viewers know a lot about through the BPL. Belgium are electric, with KDB, Hazard and Lukaku the group should be theirs. England is atrocious in the cup, but their new look team should be able to resist upsets from the weak sides of Panama and Tunisia.
  • Belgium (1)➝ De Bruyne
  • Panama (4)➝ Gabriel Torres
  • Tunisia (3)➝ Saif-Eddine Khaoui
  • England (2)➝ Harry Kane

 

 

James stole the show in Brazil, and hopes for more of the same this time around

  • Group H
  • OVERVIEW: Group H is very open. Colombia are the clear favorites with their unmatched South American flare. While Poland and Senegal are very much one man teams, with Lewandowski and Sane leading the lines. Japan is old and unexciting. Lewandowski is better and has more support than Sane. Poland will be joining Colombia in the final 16.
  • Poland (2)➝ Robert Lewandowski
  • Senegal (3)➝ Sadio Mane
  • Colombia (1)➝ James Rodriguez
  • Japan (4)➝ Keisuke Honda

 

 

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Eamon Gara Grady, Staff Writer

A junior at MHS, Eamon is an avid soccer player and sports fan. He’s always open to discussion and debate on sports, politics and other news. His favorite...

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