FIFA World Cup Today Matches

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FIFA World Cup 2014: Group A Preview

FIFA World Cup 2014: Group A Preview


The perennial champions and the hosts of the FIFA World Cup 2014 have had a string of successes in their campaign leading up to the world-renowned tournament. Brazil’s massive success in the Confederations Cup on summer last year has blown up the hopes of Seleção players (and the South American nation in general) to book their record sixth victory in FIFA championship. Luiz Felipe Scolari has brought the team to victory in 2002 and now that he is handling the team again, the possibility of another triumph on home soil has is higher than ever. In addition, forward Neymar—whose exemplary skills is seen in his Barcelona stint—would be pivotal to the team’s form.



During the 1998 World Cup, Croatia debuted in the FIFA top-tier competition with roaring success—finishing third overall and a resurgent recipient of the largest World Cup bets. But that was at the time when Vetreni was besieged with astonishingly skilled players. The current brood, however, are not necessarily weak. In fact, there are some serious talents in Niko Kovač’s pack. The playing quality is enough with Bayern Munich’s Mandzukic and Real Madrid’s Luka Modric—supplemented by the likes of Niko Kranjcar, Eduardo, and Nikica Jelavic—expected to showcase their sharpest abilities.



El Tri’s formula for a sure win is yet to be formulated. The managerial flare and talents are generally superb but their turbulent qualifying campaign left some questions. Nevertheless, Mexico have a rich blend of experienced linchpins and emerging stars (with Manchester United striker Hernandez as the focal point of) who may pose serious threat to other competitors in Brazil.



Les Lions Indomptables’ current line-up may be far from the ground-breaking Cameroon side of 1990 but they remain a competitive force. Eto’o’s greatest days have already lost track of him but he could still manage to serve as the figurehead for the troupe. Stephane Mbia, Alex Song, and Jean Makoun also play critical roles.


Featured Image: Brazil | Source: FIFA

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