Friday, June 6, 2014

Group F

Argentina (FIFA #5) This is La Albiceleste's group to lose.  They are amazingly creative with the ball and play a very entertaining style of soccer.  Argentina has not progressed past the quarter finals since 1990 and I can see them making it that far again.

Players to watch: Lionel Messi - He is maybe THE player to watch in the whole tournament.  Surprisingly he did not score a single goal last World Cup but I certainly expect that to change this time around.  The guy can do amazing things with the ball.  Carlos Tevez - He is a bit older now but he is still extremely talented with the ball.  Also, he looks like a caveman.

Bosnia and Herzegovina (25) This will be their first appearance in a World Cup and they have the talent to get second place in Group F.  This is a very attacking team that looks to score a lot of goals.  In qualifying they performed quite well and could surprise some people.

Player to watch: Edin Dzeko - At 6'4" this striker uses his body and scores lots of goals.  He is known as the Bosnian Diamond.  Dzeko currently plays for Manchester City so he will be used to the high pressure of the World Cup.

Iran (43) While Iran is the number 1 ranked team in Asia they tend to struggle when playing competition from other continents.  I think they will end their World Cup experience with three losses.  Iran has made three World Cups and have only ever won 1 game.

Player to watch: Javad Nekounam - A central midfielder known for his passing, creativity and long range shots.  His long range shooting will be necessary because I do not see them getting too close to scoring.

Nigeria (45) The Super Eagles lucked out quite a bit during the qualifying rounds for the World Cup as they were in Africa's easiest group.  Even with this large advantage they struggled a bit at times and didn't dominate the way they were expected to.  I think they will end in third place.

Player to watch: Luckily Nigeria didn't call up Obafemi Martins so he will continue to play for the Sounders and help preserve first place in the West.  John Obi Mikel - This Chelsea midfielder is what holds the team together.  While he doesn't score goals, he keeps the team in the formation and controls the pace.

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