Football World Cup is now just hours away and the world is about to be completely covered by the most beautiful sport. But regardless of how beautiful the setup is, the rivalry on the field remains as fierce as ever. We take a look at the group of opportunities, the Group H. The European nation Poland, the South American nation Colombia, the African nation Senegal and the Asian nation Japan will all compete for those 2 precious spots which will ensure a passage to the next round.
June 19 | Colombia vs Japan (GMT – 12:00)
June 19| Poland vs Senegal (GMT – 15:00)
June 24 | Japan vs Senegal (GMT – 15:00)
June 24 | Poland vs Colombia (GMT – 18:00)
June 28 | Japan vs Poland (GMT – 14:00)
June 28 | Senegal vs Colombia (GMT – 14:00)
Poland will be lead by arguably the most lethal striker in world football at the moment, Robert Lewandowski. The Polish side recently had a fairly optimistic run in the Euro 2016, where they were beaten in the knockout stages by the future champions, Portugal, only on penalties.
Lewandowski broke the European record as he scored a total of 16 goals in the World Cup qualifiers. The Polish side will hope to make it to the next round but the route is expected to be very difficult. This is Poland’s first appearance since 2006. A lot would ride on how Robert Lewandowski and Arkadiusz Milik combine upfront.
This is the African side’s first appearance since their remarkable campaign of 2002 where they cruised past the Giants such as France and made it to the Quarter Final. Senegal have a good enough squad with members featuring in multiple leagues across Europe. With names such as Sadio Mane, Keita Balde, Idrissa Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyate and Kalidou Koulibaly, it’s needless to say on their day they can be as threatening as any big team. Aliou Cisse, the man who captained the team of 2002 has now come back as the coach. Their aim would be straight and simple, repeat what they did 16 years back and cherish every second they spend in the competition.
Colombia had a decent enough outing last time up in Brazil as James Rodriguez burst into the scene. Thereafter, Los Cafeteros finished 3rd in the Copa America 2016 and the things started looking very promising. Soon the tables turned and they barely managed to make it through to the World Cup after a winless run in last 4 of their qualifiers. The defensive partnership of Davinson Sanchez and Yerry Mina will play a key role in deciding the extend of their stay in Russia. Regardless of the unpredictability the Colombian side possesses, one would expect them to get through to the knockout stages.
The Samurai Blue are expected to be one of the Dark Horses of the tournament. With players such as Shinji Okazaki of Leicester City, Shinji Kagawa of Dortmund and Keiuske Honda of Milan, the Asian side does not lack fire power when we talk about the attack, but when we talk about the defence, it’s hard to find any promising player barring Maya Yoshida. The Japanese side will look to make their presence as effective as possible. However, truth be told, the chances of them getting through to the knockout stages look very slim considering the competitiveness Group H possesses.
Player to watch out
- James Rodriguez
- Radamel Falcao
- Davinson Sanchez
- Shinji Kagawa
- Maya Yoshida
- Shinji Okazaki
- Robert Lewandowski
- Piotr Zielinski
- Kamil Glik
- Sadio Mane
- Keita Balde
- Kalidou Koulibaly
Expected Group Standings