As FIFA World Cup gets closer and closer, we take a look at the participants in Group F which includes the defending champions of world football’s biggest prize -DIE MANNSCHAFT, the ever green and passionate Mexicans, giving us a bit of Nordic touch - the Swedes and from East Asian origin, the blazing South Koreans. Putting some light on what’s thrilling, what to expect and whom to watch out for from the sixth group of the World Cup.
June 17 | Germany vs Mexico (GMT - 15:00)
June 18| Sweden vs South Korea (GMT - 12:00)
June 23 | South Korea vs Mexico (GMT - 15:00)
June 23 | Germany vs Sweden (GMT - 18:00)
June 27 | South Korea vs Germany (GMT - 14:00)
June 27 | Mexico vs Sweden (GMT - 14:00)
After winning the confederations cup last year with a string of young sensations, Germany boss Joachim Low made it explicit that he would be taking a diverse squad of young guns gelled with experience from the last world cup winning squad.
Looking at the group, Germany has by far the most superior squad and have a great chemistry as a whole. Not disregarding the other group sides in the group but if you look at it theoretically, there shouldn’t be any second thoughts that who will end the group stage leading the table. Nonetheless, matches aren’t won on paper but on field so we might be in for a surprise but for the time being, Die Mannschaft will finish first for me.
Mexicans witnessed an unfortunate end to their 2014 FIFA World Cup Campaign getting eliminated at the hands of Netherlands in the quarterfinals which included a controversial penalty, albeit, but that is past now. El Tricolor are back in yet another world cup and with a squad full of exciting individuals. The likes of Lozano and Dos Santos brothers are the ones to watch out for. Captain and midfielder Guardado had a satisfactory season at Betis securing the Europa league spot for his club so he could prove to be influential for the Mexican side. Coming back to the national side, the El tricolors also went deep in last year’s confederations cup so they know how to perform in the tattering cold weather of Russia. All in all, expecting a commendable tour from Mexico finishing second behind Germany for me.
Back in the world’s major tournament after almost a decade, without the services of Zlatan Ibrahimovich and defeating Italy in playoffs, Sweden have totally deserved to be part of the world cup finals in Russia. The Nordic side has accumulated a talented squad and look all set to rock at the world cup stage. Will they qualify to the knockouts under the leadership of Andreas Granqvist? We’re about to find out.
4. South Korea
South Koreans exited the 2014 World Cup after a disastrous campaign which saw them getting eliminated of their group without getting a single point. Will this world cup be more merciful to them than the last one? Looking at their group, it might not be but at the end of the day, anything can happen in football. Tottenham Hotspur’s flashy and clinical winger Son Heung-min is on everyone’s mind when focus is shifted towards the national side. Will he be crucial for the progress of Korean side towards the deeper part of the tournament? Hopes are very high.
Player to watch out
- Timo Werner
- Joshua Kimmich
- Hirving Lozano
- Carlos Vela
- Emil Forsberg
- John Guidetti
- South Korea
- Son Heung-min
- Ki Sung-yueng
Expected Group Standings
- SOUTH KOREA