As the World Cup gets agonisingly close, we look at one of the most star studded groups of the lot, the Group B. Featuring the European champions, Portugal and the mighty Spaniards mixed with a highly competitive side Iran and the Moroccans, Group B looks to be the real deal.
June 15 | Morocco vs Iran (GMT – 15:00)
June 15 | Portugal vs Spain (GMT – 18:00)
June 20 | Portugal vs Morocco (GMT – 12:00)
June 20 | Iran vs Spain (GMT – 18:00)
June 25 | Iran vs Portugal (GMT – 18:00)
June 25 | Spain vs Morocco (GMT – 18:00)
The real dark horses of the World Cup. Portugal don’t look like being the absolute favourites to top the group, let alone win the world cup but with one of the all time greats leading a team filled with immaculately talented youngsters like Bernardo Silva, Adrien Silva and Gelson Martins to name a few, nothing looks impossible for the European Champions.
Portugal will be looking to learn from their miserable 2014 campaign and get into the semis at least to call it a successful outing. Having said that, just don’t write them off.
Gone are those days when one would name the European Giants as his or her absolute favorites to conquer the world. The painful memories of their heartbreaking title defending campaign will still be fresh in the minds of the Spaniards. Keeping the recent past aside, the squad on paper looks too impressive to be ignored. The European Giants boast of arguably the best midfield in the world filled with the likes of Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, David Silva, Isco and Thiago Alacantra. On paper, they look good enough to at least top the group.
Iran have made it to consecutive world cups for the first time in their history, something the Asian nation will be proud of. Led by former Real Madrid and Portugal manager Carlos Queiroz Iran will be hoping to pull off a major upset by getting through to the next round. The chances do look slim considering the fact that the group already has 2 giant contenders, but Iran have multiple examples to look up to. Iran will be putting their hopes on striker Sardar Azmoun, who has 23 goals in 31 appearances for the nation.
Morocco returns to the World Cup in 2018, 20 years after its last appearance. The African side will be led by former Ivory Coast boss Kerve Renard. The Boss will hope his team’s stubborn defence and teamwork help them make a name for themselves on the biggest stage. It’ll take a magical run and a huge upset for the African side to make it through to next round.
Players to watch out
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Bernardo Silva
- Gelson Martins
- David De Gea
- Sergio Ramos
- Andres Iniesta
- Isco Alarcón
- David Silva
- Sardar Azmoun
- Alireza Beiranvand
- Medhi Benatia
- Ayoub El Kaabi
Expected Group Standings