- South Korea
WorldCupAcca To Be Confirmed Squad:
Keepers: M. Neuer, M. Ter Stegen, B. Leno, K. Trapp
Defence: J. Boateng, M. Hummels, N. Sule, J. Kimmich, A. Rudiger, J. Hector, M. Plattenhardt, J. Tah, M. Ginter
Midfield: J, Brandt, J. Draxler, L. Goretzka, I Gundogan, S. Khedira, T. Kroos, M. Ozil, M. Reus, S. Rudy, L. Sane
Forwards: T. Muller, T. Werner, M. Gomez
Holders Germany come into the tournament as joint favourites with Brazil and will surely be looking to make at least the semi-final.
In 18 previous World Cup campaigns the Germans have reached the semi-finals on 13 occasions and made the final in 8 of those – winning 4 times, they’re most recent success a 1-0 victory over Argentina in 2014.
The only team with a 100% record in qualifying from what was a fairly weak group, they conceded just 4 goals, scoring 43 times in the process – though 15 of these were against San Marino to be fair.
WorldCupAcca The Squad:
Whilst the final squad has yet to be decided, along with Spain and Belgium, Germany will be coming into the tournament with one of the strongest starting XI’s and serious strength in depth.
Whilst first choice Manuel Neuer has missed large parts of this season with an injury, he may not be expected to start – Kevin Trapp is likely to be the man to miss out on the final squad but in Barcelona’s Marc-André ter Stegen and Bernd Leno of Leverkusen they still have 2 very talented back ups.
Joshua Kimmich, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng and Jonas Hector are the likely starting back four and then with the likes of Sami Khedira & Toni Kroos controlling the midfield and Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler and Leroy Sane to create chances they will be able to dominate most matches.
As far as their forwards go, Thomas Muller is an odd player, he lacks any real technical quality or any physical attributes but the guys a killer, his movement and knack of popping up in the right place is fantastic and with 5 goals in each of his last 2 world cups, he’s a good bet to finish top scorer.
Add Leipzig’s Timo Werner who will cause sides a lot of problems with his pace and directness, plus Mario Gomez as an experienced goalscorer in backup, they’ll be serious contenders to retain.
WorldCupAcca The Group:
Whilst Germany should still be winning the group, this should be an interesting group – I wouldn’t expect Germany to blow teams away.
Mexico aren’t a bad side, in their last game with Germany in 2017 they lost 4-1 which was perhaps a little flattering, Leon Goretzka bagged a brace in the opening 8 minutes and it was all uphill from there.
After this, they went on to win 5 of their next 7, drawing against European Champions Portugal 2-2 and a 1-0 defeat to Croatia. While they are unlikely to win the group, 2nd place should come down to their final game against Sweden.
Sweden themselves have made the correct decision to not call Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to the squad, as great a player as he was, having made the decision to retire it would have been a bit of a joke to allow him to come back into the fold when the rest of the team secured qualification.
Having secured a playoff spot at the expense of the Netherlands, recent friendly results have been a bit hit and miss – wins over Portugal and Denmark are followed up with defeats to Romania and draws with Estonia, it’s hard to tell which team will turn up on the day and they will be heavily reliant on goals from Berg and Forsberg.
The other side to complete Group F are South Korea, other than Son Heung-Min and Koo Ja-cheol they don’t really offer a lot, their qualification campaign was a little underwhelming, only winning 4 from 10 and finishing 7 points behind Iran and just 2 ahead of Syria.
In their last 5 friendlies they have only won 2 which were both 1-0 wins against Latvia and Moldova, other than a 2-1 win over an understrength Colombia side in November 2017 you have to go back to March of last year for their last victory.
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World Cup Group F Fixtures / Results
|Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow – June 17, 2018 6:00 pm|
|Nizhny Novgorod Stadium, Nizhny Novgorod – June 18, 2018 3:00 pm|
|Rostov Arena, Rostov-on-Don – June 23, 2018 6:00 pm|
|Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi – June 23, 2018 9:00 pm|
|Kazan Arena, Kazan – June 27, 2018 5:00 pm|
|Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg – June 27, 2018 7:00 pm|
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