- GROUP A: Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Cameroon
- GROUP B: Spain, Netherlands, Chile, Australia
- GROUP C: Colombia, Greece, Ivory Coast, Japan
- GROUP D: Uruguay, Costa Rica, England, Italy
- GROUP E: Switzerland, Ecuador, France, Honduras
- GROUP F: Argentina, Bosnia, Iran, Nigeria
- GROUP G: Germany, Portugal, Ghana, USA
- GROUP H: Belgium, Algeria, Russia, South Korea
WOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO I am actually so happy about Korea’s group. I’m not saying that it’s gonna be easy, but the possibilities of an even tougher group were pretty high.
That being said, let’s take a quick glimpse at each of the drawn groups:
Group A: Fair to say Brazil got a fairly easy group. Croatia are a decent team, but you would expect Brazil to win in their opening game and follow it up by taking 9 points from their group. They will eagerly wait for either Spain or the Netherlands from Group B.
2nd place will be up for grabs between the remaining three teams and Croatia looks the likelier. Living in Mexico, I have had the pleasure to watch one of their WC Qualifiers in their staudium and they are really lacking a goalscorer (Chicharito seems really out of form) while their defensive lapses are a huge problem. As for Cameroon, you should never underestimate Eto’o, but other than him you only have a few other names perhaps such as Jean Makoun. You really have to fancy Croatia to go through having the likes of Modric and Mandzukic in their line-up.
Group B: I think everyone knows what to expect from this group. Spain vs. Netherlands for the opening game - a repeat of the the last WC final. Anyone who misses this game is not a football fan. The winner of these two games will almost certainly be 1st in the group. I mean Chile have a really good side, but they will need a pull of a huge upset against one of these two superpowers. As for Australia, i think they will be happy if they scored a goal.
Group C: I’m expecting Colombia to take 1st place considering they are one of the deadliest side in South America. Falcao is considered one of the best no. 9’s in the game and Colombia arguably have their best side in history, comfortably qualifying in the CONMEBOL. You cannot forget about Ivory Coast though. Yaya Touré is a monster in midfield and Drogba is a powerful striker who can always rise up to the occasion. Ivory Coast has been considered the best African nation for a while and they will also fight for first. Greece and Japan might be the underdogs for this group, but it’s also hard to say since Greece are known to be an organized, tactical team that can pull of a result in any game. Japan on the other hand are an entertaining attacking side and can score a goal from anywhere. This group is definitely hard to call.
Group D: Amazing group. Suárez will have extra motivation to beat England while Italy will also look to grab a place in the knockout rounds. Costa Rica are a strong team in the CONCACAF, but that doesn’t really say much in the global scene considering Mexico has one of the worst teams in history at the moment. They might cause an upset or two, but you have to imagine that the other three will fight it out for the top two places of the group.
Group E: Oh boy, does France have an easy group. Ecuador will be a decent team, but Switzerland is surely the easiest of the eight team from Pot 1. France are most likely going through as first as long as they don’t go through the same shenanigans as WC 2010 and the second will probably be decided between Ecuador and Switzerland. As for Honduras, well… they could have gotten into a tougher group, but they must be huge underdogs to go through.
Group F: OK. Argentina will take all 9 points. 2nd place will go to either Nigeria or Bosnia. Pretty straightforward.
Group G: Boateng brothers get to face each other again, but the real attention will be focused on Germany and Portugal. Like Group B, Germany and Portugal must be favourites to go throught, the question will be who goes first. This is a group where the teams are pretty familiar with each other, Ghana having taken out the US in the Ro16 in South Africa. Ghana and the USA are certainly capable of causing upsets, but it would be nothing more than a shock if the European teams were to be eliminated.
Group H: Belgium will be happy about this group. Russia having won their qualifying group are not easy opponents either. As a Korean, I have watched most of the qualifying games that Korea has had and through bad management and some of our best players staying in Europe, we just scraped through to the World Cup. But have faith fellow Koreans, we could have had a tougher group. No one is unbeatable.
LET’S GO KOREA!