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FIFA World Cup 2014: Group E Preview

FIFA World Cup 2014: Group E Preview


Ottmar Hitzfeld, considered as one of the most experienced coaches among all of the qualified teams, will oversee a very resolute brood of players—with several of them coming from the German Bundesliga. The generation-defining slate have gone very far from their junior stance and are now ready to tear the roof off the senior competition. Led by Bayern Munich’s Shaqiri, Switzerland arguably had the most comfortable route to qualification of all the European competitors.



Their journey through the qualifications was certainly not a smooth one, but was not too rough either. Ecuador lost their final qualifier to Chile but were able to seize automatic qualification on goal difference ahead of Uruguay. Their recent successes came simultaneous to the emergence of clinical players like Valencia, Cristian Noboa and Felipe Caicedo—items they could rely on for agreeable World Cup odds.



France had a roller coaster ride in the qualifications, but their adventure was even coarser in the past four editions of the World Cup—failing to win a fixture (2002, 2010) or reaching the final round (1998, 2006). Their first-leg fixture with Ukraine in the play-offs was a disappointing 2-0 but retaliated rather aggressively in the second led to successfully turn the result around and dominate the aggregate scoring. In Ribery they possess a world-class talent while the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Mathieu Valbuena offer supplementary quality in midfield.



Los Catrachos underwent several wardrobe changes across the period since their South Africa campaign, but pulled it all together in time to nail an outstanding qualifying campaign. The back-to-back successes in securing berth for the World Cup finals were impressive, but the side’s general lack in technical capability will make it extremely hard for them to go past the Group stage in the FIFA World Cup 2014.


Featured Image: Switzerland | Source: FIFA

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